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

reviewer#46854 date: Apr-21-2022
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:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Samyang 18mm AF. Sony 20mm f1.8G. Sony 24mm GM. Samyang 24mm f1.8. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. Sony 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Sony 35mm GM. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sigma 65mm F2.0. Samyang 75mm f1.8 AF. Sony FE 85. Samyang 85mm f1.4 AF. Sony 85mm GM. Sony 90mm Macro G. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 135mm GM. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM. Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 sport.
price paid:£1399.00
positive:One of the best lenses yet made for 35mm sensors.
negative:Only the tiniest bit better than the Sigma Art 135mm f1.8 for a whole lot more money. The law of diminishing returns.
comment:This is a truly brilliant lens. It isn't noticeably sharper than the equivalent Sigma 135mm art lens in the centre of the frame.
The GM lens moves ahead as you move out to the corners, but it isn't a huge difference. Even side by side comparison is difficult.
The big improvement here is auto focus speed which simply keeps up with everything I have yet found to throw at it. Add that to the latest Sony body offerings and you have an unbeatable combination of keepers and resolution.

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
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