Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* User Reviews

Announced Jun 5, 2006 •
Telephoto prime lens | Sony/Minolta Alpha | SAL135F18Z

I bought my copy used for $725 about 18 months ago with the mind I would eventually get an a99ii.  While it worked very well with my a77ii, the IQ the 135ZA produced on my a7r was amazing.   So months later, I went all-in with the a99ii and the 135ZA has been on it roughly half the time ever since. Shooting at f1.8--with eye AF--ensures critical sharpness for portrait and even some event or sports photography.  Yes, on the a99ii the 135ZA acquits itself nicely shooting basketball or ...

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I have owned this lens since about 2011 (This is only my best guess ) The lens has proven to be as sharp and clean as any lens I have . I doubt that I will ever find another lens to match the IQ of this lens , Except for my Sigma 180mm APO Macro F2.8 Which may be the equal of the Ziess 135mm . I have experienced some difficulty in finding the precise focus in some situations , and I don't know what the reason for this is , But I will be studying the problem in the next few days  . It could be ...

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nikheat
 

If you use a mid or high end Sony DSLR then you should really have a look at this prime lens. Its got excellent sharpness from wide open, great bokeh and really shines on full format DSLR. So if you need a fast short focal length telephoto lens (I used it on an A900 for live bands, or other situations where I cant quite get close to the subject) this is about the best lens in its class from any manufacturer. Problems: AF speed is not fast on lower end models with weak AF motors.

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Wilight
 

What could be better: - Autofocus system (SSM - faster and less noisy) - I wish it was APO, to minimize the LoCA/bokeh fringing - Weather-sealing and gaskets - Focus ring isn't "full-time MF". It doesn't rotate when in AF mode. And it has some "play". What I love (basically everything else): - Sharpness and contrast, even wide-open - MFD/Magnification (0.25x) - Color rendition - Less vignetting than the competition - Focus lock button - Hood (made of metal and good looking) -  Aesthetic design

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A magnificent portrait lens that's worth every penny. Bokeh and colour reproduction are incredible. The 135mm focal length sometimes restricts it's use but nonetheless travels with me everywhere.

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This lens has become my go-to lens for low light event work. The image quality is absolutely stunning. I find working with this lens can be a little challenging sometimes mainly because of the lens's tendency to focus hunt and thus miss moments now and again, but when tamed and focus is kept on the subject, I know I'm going to love the results. I mostly use this lens at f1.8 and you can see in my flickr collection below just how sharp this lens really is. (pics are tagged with lens names) I ...

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