Sony 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar T* Carl Zeiss Alpha A DSLR Mount Lens

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About Sony 135mm F/1.8

• Experience the amazing image quality of the Carl Zeiss® SAL-135F18Z telephoto lens. Its wide range can handle images that are miles or inches away.

A high-performance telephoto lens with the widest aperture in its class.

• Whether you're shooting a distant mountain peak or a beautiful orchid at arm's length, this superb telephoto lens provides amazing image quality.
• Its f/1.8 aperture makes it the brightest telephoto lens in its class, and with 35mm-equivalent 202.5mm focal length plus the ability to focus tightly on objects closer than three feet away, it can cover an amazing range of photographic assignments.



The Sony 135mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Low light, Night photography, Sports/action and more.The Sony 135mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 135mm F/1.8: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (5),Durable (4),Nice bokeh (4),Rugged (4),Strong construction (4),Consistent output (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (4),Night photography (4),Sports/action (4)

Sony 135mm F/1.8 Features

  • Ultra-Bright Images:
  • At fully open f/1.8 aperture (the best in its class), this high-performance 135mm lens creates amazingly bright telephoto images.
  • Superb Sharpness:
  • In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens gives you excellent results even working with hand-held camera by available light.
  • Close-up Focusing:
  • You can capture professional-quality images of both faraway scenes and objects closer than three feet.
  • Internal Focusing System:
  • Internal lens elements move to increase auto-focus speed to help you catch quickaction
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass:
  • Two ED Glass lenses minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear telephoto shots.

Sony 135mm F/1.8 Specifications

Type
Carl Zeiss® Sonnar® T* 135mm f/1.8 Telephoto
Elements
2 ED Glass elements for sharp clear long shots
Focusing

Close-up focusing capability (less than 3')
Internal Focusing to speed auto-focus response
Superb sharpness with Sony Super SteadyShot system
Aperture
Wide aperture for amazingly bright telephoto shots
Focal Length

35mm Equivalent: 135 mm
APS: 202.5 mm
Angle of View
35mm Equivalent: 18 deg
APS: 12 deg
Min Focus Distance
2ft 5in (72 cm)
Aperture Maximum
f1.8
Aperture Minimum
f22
Maximum Magnification
0.25X
Lens Construction
11 elements in 9 groups with 9 aperture blades
Filter Diameter
77 mm
Lens Dimensions
3-1/2in x 4-5/8in (88.5 mm x 115 mm)
Lens Weight
2 lb 5 oz (1050 g)

Sony 135mm F/1.8 Reviews

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5

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp and Fast

Sony's Zeiss Sonnar 135mm/1.8 lens is sharp and fast. It's simply a beautiful lens. When paired with the built-in sensor stabilization in the Sony a900 and a700 cameras it's perfect for hand-held low light photography. Not only is this lens faster than Canon and Nikon lenses in this focal length, it's sharper and built like a Swiss-watch.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
5.0

a must have lens

By

from Cleve. Ohio  -  Pro Photographer

I shoot concert photography. Fast aperture. Zeiss glass. Sharp and great bokeh.BRB Use with Sony A72 and la-ea4 adapter. Very pleased with my purchase from adorama. Good price and very fast shipping. No cons.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

every image should be shot with lens

By

from california

not gonna lie...it does get some getting used to the weight of the glass, but the images that this lens produces are second to none...worth every precious cent...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Glass of Wonder

By

from CT

I have some nice glass, but this is the absolute king of all lenses. If you want to read a technical review than go check out the myriad of praises online including my favorite Sony/Minolta review site- dyxum.com. This lens is often praised as the best 135mm period...as in no other 135mm can even touch it from any manufacturer. It's extremely sharp- as in REALLY sharp. You literally see every grain and detail- nothing is left to spare. The bokeh is the smoothest I've ever seen. I literaly have to take my glasses off sometimes and double check what I'm seeing. It makes many of my other primes look weak in comparison. The bokeh is so smooth it forces your subject to literally pop out of the picture and I find the effect simply mesmerizing. Its not like I haven't seen great bokeh before in other lenses. Its just this one seems to take it to another level. And the all metal construction is fantastic. It just feels like quality in your hands. I've shot all kinds of G series and high end primes. This one is my absolute favorite in my lens bin. The only fault is the lack of SSM. But, I just cannot mark it down at all due to the optics and construction. If Sony added SSM I'll be the first one to purchase. Until then, this one remains the crown jewel in my collection.

 
5.0

BEST LENS IN IT'S CLASS

By

from SOUTH FLORIDA, AND NORTH EAST  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Top of the line in prime lenses, second to none…..as close to perfect in it's class as possible…….yes, it's expensive, quality costs…….

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Zeiss Lens

By

from Hyattsville, MD

This is my favorite lens!!!! It's built like a tank. When you hold this lens in your hand, you can't help but to notice the weight of it. For a non SSM lens, it's autofocus is very fast on the A77. I've used this lens to do portrait shots, semi-macro shots, and landscapes. In each situation, it produces top quality results. The colors are simply beautiful, and the bokeh is very smooth. It is very rare that this lens is not in my bag. Once you pick it up, you will find it difficult to put down.

 
5.0

IN A CLASS BY IT'S SELF

By

from SOUTH FLORIDA, AND NORTH EAST  -  Semi-pro Photographer

ANYTIME YOU CAN CORRECTLY USE (DISTANCE) THIS LENS, YOUR RESULTS WILL BE FANTASTIC…..THIS LENS IS IN A CLASS BY IT'S SELF…..TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, THIS IS THE ONLY LENS OF CARL ZEISS THAT I AM HAPPY WITH…..THIS LENS IS A WINNER AND STANDS ALONE…..YES, IT IS EXPENSIVE, BUT THIS LENS IS PERFECTION IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE IMAGE IT DELIVERS….THE SIGMA 50MM F1.4 COULD BE IT'S COUSIN, NO OTHER LENS COMES CLOSE…….NON, PERIOD…….

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rented this Sonnar, and fell in love.

By

from Fremont  -  Pro Photographer

I rented one of these lenses a few times and it gave me everything I wanted in sharpness and unsharpness. It delivers strong images outdoors and in the studio. The background in portrait shots is just a set of soft blurs with the lens wide open, no matter what kind of junk is back there. Fun!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp and Fast

By

from Miami, FL  -  Professional

Sony's Zeiss Sonnar 135mm/1.8 lens is sharp and fast. It's simply a beautiful lens. When paired with the built-in sensor stabilization in the Sony a900 and a700 cameras it's perfect for hand-held low light photography. Not only is this lens faster than Canon and Nikon lenses in this focal length, it's sharper and built like a Swiss-watch.

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Larry M  Will THIS Zeiss SELF18Z to 135mm lens fit the Sony NEX 7 camera??
RENE F  Hi Larry, Unfortunately no, not the way it is anyway. You can fit it using one of the Sony Alpha mount to E mount adapters (E mount is the NEX mount). The advantage of the Sony adapters is that they have a Tripod mount which you will need to support the weight of this lens. This lens is HEAVY! I have a NEX-5 and would not like to have to lug around the NEX with the weight of this lens. That said this lens is the mother of all lenses. And you have to take into account what flash you will be using. The built in Flash will throw a shadow due to the size of this lens. I recommend you try it on for size first.
Shopper  Is there an EOS mount for this lens?
LEONARD R C  No.

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