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Sony135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Durable (4)
  • Rugged (4)
  • Strong construction (4)
  • Nice bokeh (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (4)
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    5.0

    Superb lens for flower

    By N.C.

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Sony 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens:

    On my A850:
    Sharpness:
    Sony 135mm STF is sharper and with better contrast than my Minolta 135mm AF f/2.8 and Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 APO when it is accurately focused.
    Only my Sony 135mm f/1.8 gives higher resolution than the Sony 135mm STF.
    Bokeh:
    Sony 135mm STF show much smoother bokeh than the Sony 135mm f/1.8 when the subject has a closed and busy backgound.
    For example, I see much more bokeh different between 2 lenses for taking a flower picture out of a brush with a lot of leave and branch right next to the subject.
    However, when shooting a single rose in a vase on an empty table, I can hardly see any bokeh different between Sony 135mm STF and Sony 135mm f/1.8.
    Unless takeing wild flower picture is your main usage, most people would be better served with the Sony 135mm f/1.8(if only could pick one) for AF and larger aperture.
    For taking flower picture, I often add Canon 500D to increase magnification.
    I find close-up lens works better that teleconverter since it would be easiler to MF without light lost to teleconverter.
    Stack 2 Canon 500D would get me ~1:1 but with a little softness at the frame edge. A single Canon 500D won't change sharpness much.
    I now mostly use the Sony 135mm STF for flower, and I would only use my Minolta 100mm Macro for moving bug.

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    5.0

    A lens for superb bokeh!

    By Ken

    from Tacoma, WA

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    Pros

    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Solid
    • Strong Construction
    • Unique effects

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Close-ups
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens:

      This lens is truly one-of-a-kind! I use this for portraits and nature (wildflowers, blossoms, etc). It's 135mm range is made for full frame on my a850, but it is just as suitable on my a700. The bokeh that is produced is creamy and delightful creating unique perspectives. The manual focus characterisitcs of the lens allow you to get the focus perspective you desire and the lens is real sharp on the in-focus subjects.

      The lens is made very sturdy, but you can carry it around just fine. I'm planning on taking it in my backpack on my next trip to Europe this Spring. Makes a great addition to your lens arsenal.

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      5.0

      AMAZING LENS!!! BOKEH like nothing else!

      By MOB81

      from Saudi Arabia

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharp
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • No focus confirmation
      • not fast enough

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Product Photography
      • Still Life
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens:

      For Product Photography, Portrait and still life this lens is amazingly sharp and has THE BEST Bokeh EVER.

      Use it with Full frame or 35mm Film and you'll treat yourself with one of a kind lens.

      some how Easy to focus on a 35mm film due to the bright viewfinder. However, No focus confirmation of any kind!! I found this is the only problem with it. But doesn't bother me.

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      5.0

      The Bokeh Machine

      By Wayne

      from Florida

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Rugged
      • Sharp Focus

      Cons

      • No autofocus

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens:

      If you like bokeh this is the lens for you the down side is its not as useful (no autofocus)as the CZ135mm if you can afford only one high end 135mm prime the CZ135mm maybe the way to go.

      The build quality is excellent, a lens that will last forever if not abused.

      This is the bokeh lens that is unparalled by any lens by any brand. Its in a class by its self. If bokeh is something you care about its THE lens to have.

      I list not having auto-focus as a con but its not that big of a drawback, the focus ring is very smooth and precise and a pleasure to use, but if it had AF it would be a must have lens.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Richie

      from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Looks great whood on
      • Rugged
      • Sharp Focus
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Portraits
      • Special Effects
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus Lens:

      I own the Minolta Maxxum 135 STF lens, which has the same optical design inside as the Sony. Only the barrel on the Sony lens has been changed (for the better) from the Minolta barrel. I can say without hesitation that this lens (the Maxxum version)is a perfect portrait lens. Don't let the "Smooth Trans Focus" in the name fool you. There is just no sharper lens. The STF refers to the parts of the image that are out of focus-in the foreground and backround having a very pleasing soft look. A small bright light in the distance, behind a person 6 feet away from the camera, would look bright in the center and gradually less bright toward the edges of the (out of focus) light. In a typical lens, the whole light would just look like a circle of light with the same brightness all across. Being designed in large part for portraiture, the lens does have slightly less contrast than my 100mm Maxxum macro, or my 200mm Maxxum macro. I have taken many test shots with the 135 STF on Fuji 100iso slide film in my Maxxum 9, and the shapness on the slides, from center through corners is just amazing and perfect. I am glad to see that Sony has kept it in production. The build quality-fugetabout-fantastic. It is all metal and solid as a rock-no looseness or play between the parts of the barrel.
      Even the serial number is engraved right in the metal barrel, instead of having a sticker recessed in the barrel. The very large lens hood is plastic but is very thick and strong. It has black felt on the inside and has an overall look of high quality. This lens is f/2.8 but T/4.5, which means that the light throughput is actually the same as an f/4.5 lens. T stands for true.
      I think this lens is a must-have if you intend to do much potrait or flower/nature work on a full frame Sony. It is better than my Maxxum 85mm 1.4 on film and probably on a FF digital camera. This lens also has a nice close minimum focus distance-resulting in about 1:4 reproduction. Make sure you get a 72mm filter to protect the front of the lens.

        • Similar:
        • Maxxum 85mm 1.4, Maxxum 200mm f/4, Maxxum 100mm macro

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