Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM E-mount lens review by Tricky01

reviewer#44342 date: Aug-1-2019
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A-mount:
Minolta 135 2.8
CZ 135 1.8
price paid:£1500 new
negative:It's quite big, bigger than the a-mount
The lock on the hood (always forget about it and never needed one before - seems like over engineering)
comment:When I decided to switch from a-mount to e-mount, the existence of this lens was crucial. I needed to know it existed and it was the one lens I was not going to compromise on. The a-mount CZ has been my favourite lens ever since I first got it, and before that, the minolta 135 2.8 'pocket rocket'. I guess it must be the focal length, but the bokeh is just so creamy. I couldn't imagine anything could exceed the CZ, but I think this does. Unbelievable lens and with eye focus it's almost criminal not to have it.

UPDATE: after several more months of use I still absolutely love this lens (not that I had any doubt that would be the case). But I though the discussion from this post [url=]here[/url] onwards is worth bearing in mind. As per the post, it could be my laziness as a photographer, but the 135mm length forces me to take better photos than any zoom that covers this range.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.83
  • overall: 4.97 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania