Last updated (01 January’13):
- Review by Kurtmunger
The Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 features 135mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.8. The lens construction has 11 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 18 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 2’ 5” (72cm) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 lens weighs 2lbs 3oz (985g) and it measures 88.5mm diameter and 115mm long.
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Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Reviews
Kurtmunger reviews the Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 and writes;
“The Sony 135mm F/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar is an expensive and fast telephoto lens. It has a superb build quality, and feels very nice in the hand. It would’ve been nice to have SSM focusing, though accuracy and speed are good, and it’s fairly quiet as compared to the usual screw drive focusing system from Sony.”
Photozone reviews the Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 and writes;
“The resolution is very good at f/1.8 and great to downright phenomanal beyond. The produced contrast is also cracking straight from f/1.8. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is next to perfect for a conventional lens.”
Camerasdirect reviews the Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 and writes;
“We recorded the lowest lateral chromatic aberration figures we’ve ever had with this lens (see below) and found it to be distortion-free. Edge-to-edge sharpness was also excellent and there was no sign of vignetting or unevenness in overall illumination.”
Photoreview reviews the Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 and writes;
“Flare was well handled by both lenses but here again the Carl Zeiss lens had a competitive edge and out-of-focus areas were a little more attractively rendered. Autofocusing was very fast and very accurate, even in relatively low light levels, thanks largely to the speed of the lens. This also made the depth of field very shallow at f/1.8 – a fact that must be considered if you choose to use this lens for portraiture or close-ups.”
Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 User Reviews
Superb Moderate Telephoto Lens From Sony And Zeiss | Rating:
“I have no doubt that the images produced by this lens are absolutely stellar, judging from the superb performance I have seen from Zeiss lenses embedded with the most expensive Sony CyberShot model cameras (I have used Zeiss lenses for years and have always been impressed with the superb contrast and resolution of images made using them, due not only to Zeiss’s superb optical designs but also to its superior T* multicoating.).” – by John Kwok
Sharp and Fast | Rating:
“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.” – by Brian Smith
Shooting LARGE and FAST | Rating:
“The focus is fast as all get out for keeping up with the flash too. Lens hood, protective carrying case and lens cover are all included with the lens. Such is the Zeiss SAL-135mm f/1.8Z. It must be good.. I took a picture of a Pitcher Plant 4″ long and the mouth of the plant was in sharp focus while from half-way down to the end was not. Amazing. If you’re as picky as I am about your pictures, THIS is the lens for you.” – by William L. Bunnagar
Full-Tilt Nuance | Rating:
“The more I use this lens the more impressed I am with its ability to make magic. I look at recent portraits with this lens and straight away I see “Zeiss Eyes.” This lens produces images that are clear and crisp with excellent detail down to the eye lash yet has an abundant control of color and contrast.” – by W. E. Hattersen
An Incredible Lens | Rating:
“This lens focuses incredibly fast, delivers sharp shots and accurate color. For me it’s a fast telephoto, as I’m using it on an Alpha 550, so the lens translates to 203mm, because the Alpha 550 is an APS-C DSLR. I can shoot sporting events at dusk and get superb shots. The f1.8 aperture, combined with the camera’s image stabilization and shooting at ISO 6400 allows me to get sharp shots in situations I never could have imagined.” – by Dave Mayer
Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Sample Photos
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Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 User Manual
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Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Specifications
Whether you’re shooting a distant mountain peak or a beautiful orchid at arm’s length, the superb SAL-135F18Z 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.
At fully open f/1.8 aperture (the best in its class), this high-performance 135mm lens creates amazingly bright telephoto images.
In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot® image stabilization system of the Sony ± (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens gives you excellent results even working with hand-held camera by available light.
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 quick action.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
Two ED Glass lenses minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear telephoto shots.
See also: Carl Zeiss/Sony | Lens Reviews