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Sony135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens
 
5.0

(based on 42 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (38)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (29)
  • Durable (27)
  • Consistent output (23)
  • Nice bokeh (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (17)
  • Slow focus (4)

Best Uses

  • Low light (24)
  • Night photography (24)
  • Sports/action (21)
  • Weddings (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4), Enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this Lens!

By Dave from Atlanta

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

    Great optics! I use this lens on my A7RII using the LA-EA4 adapter.

    The AF is not the best on the adapter but shooting portraits mainly manual focus is not a problem. Sharpest lens I think I have ever use with excellent bokeh rendition... Sony please port these optics over to FE mount!!!!

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Best Lens in Sony's Lens Lineup

    By thisistimmy

    from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Portraiture
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

    This is my first prime for my Sony a99 and this lens is purely outstanding in every regard. This is the BEST prime lens I have ever owned.Build Quality: 9/10It is an all-metal chassis and lens hood, it is quite hefty and as solid as a rock. This lens has the best build quality I've ever touched. I love waking up in the morning and touch it, the cold metal feel is amazing. I am also glad that Sony didn't put a rubber focus ring like in their zooms as these don't collect dust as much as those do. I only take a point off b/c it isn't weather sealed as it should be. Considering this costs $[$]new and that the Canon 135mm f/2L is $[$]includes weather sealing and is USM, it has baffled me.Performance: Let's get this out of the way: Focus is slow by today's standards (2015). This lens utilises the screw-driven AF from the 80's... Since the a99 has a focus limiter built-into the body, it does help, but it's still slow. Also, nailing focus at f/1.8 is a hit or miss with AF. NOTE: I did not calibrate this lens. Even if I did, I'm not sure how much it would help. I mostly manually focus it if shooting at large apertures by using focus peaking and punching in all the way. The focus throw is a good amount, so nailing critical focus can be done easily.IQ: This lens is has the best IQ I've ever seen. The contrast is amazing. The sharpness is outstanding at f/1.8. This lens produces that 3D pop that people talk about online. I was always skeptical of this "3D pop", but after using this lens, I knew what they were talking about. The bokeh is oh-so buttery smooth. It even beats out the 85mm f/1.4 CZ and probably every other lens out there. The only problem with the IQ in this lens is it has Longitudinal Chromatic Aberrations when using it wide open until around f/4 is it nearly gone. I wish it was a APO design like the Zeiss 135 APO, but you can't win them all.Overall, if you use the Sony Alpha system, this lens is definitely one you have to add to your bag if you love taking portraits. It's stunning IQ will blow you away.P.S I have included some images

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best 135 lens in the worlds

    By Adys

    from Israel

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

    This is an amazing lens. I use it on the A7R and the results are amazing. The only lens that can compete with it its the Zeiss 135 2 APO, but without AF.

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    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Truly amazing! Stunned!

    By Alpha Tommy

    from Detroit, Michigan

    Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

    I have a couple of Sony / Zeiss lenses, so I'm familiar with quality, etc of this line. I have the Zeiss 24-70 and the 85 1.4, in addition to the original Sony 70-200 2.8 G. This lens however blew me away. I had heard great things and always wanted to try. Managed to work it in as a rental on a recent photo shoot. Cut to the chase, now I own one. Beautiful colors, focus and detail is crazy. Was everything I hoped the 85 was when I bought that one. The 85 never quite got it for me for some reason. Focus seemed finicky. Nothing specific, just seemed like I always had to talk myself into using it. The 135, I have to try and talk myself OUT of using it. Handled the shoot fine. The great thing apart from simple image quality is the relatively close focus range. Can get right up on subject and really blow out backgrounds. Makes it more versatile than a prime 135 would seem. Cannot say enough. My new favorite lens, makes me look better than I am! If you're looking for anything close to this focal range, you won't be disappointed with this one. Not cheap by any means, but you'll see why if you try it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Paul

    from Naperville

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction
    • Very good in low light

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

      My budget required I choose between upgrading my Sony SLT A65 camera or getting this lens. I chose the lens and I'm glad I did. Although I'm a novice at best, I've received good compliments on some of the photos I took at a recent basketball game from a family member. Low light situations with a medium reach are the two reasons I bought this lens and I am very satisfied so far.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Spectacular Lens

      By Jeff

      from Seattle

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

      I compared this lens to the Sigma 85mm f 1.4 because I wanted to do some portraits for my family and use it for nature photography. When comaring them side by side the Sigma was excellent but the Zeiss was magic. I have used it for protraits with spectacular results.Even though the Zeiss was almost twice the cost of the Sigma I think it is worth it. The only downside ids that the longer focal length make it so I have to stand farther back to get the image (I use a Sony A77 so the focal length is even longer). Some shots I wish I had the Sigma for that reason but the crisp, clear foreground and beautfully blurred background was not duplicated in the Sigma.I cannot wait to try it in the wild for nature shots.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T

      By Edison

      from Seattle,WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

        This is a great lens for close up portrait shot. The image is very sharp and the quality of the bokeh is outstanding on this lens. Highly recommend to those who have Sony DSLR!!

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        my new favorite lens

        By timherl

        from sacramento, ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

          I purchased the lens for portraits and some nature photography - love the results - great lens.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharp Wide Open

          By Jason

          from Southlake, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

            Sharp wide open, great compliment to Zeiss 85 F1.4.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EXTREMELY SHARP INSTANTLY FAST FOCUS

            By HBK

            from SOUTH FLORIDA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

            HAS TO BE THE QUICKEST AND SHARPEST LENS, FASTER THAN MY 50MM F1.4……NO FAULTS ON THIS LENS…….PROFESSIONAL LENS, ABSOLUTELY

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            (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Superb image quality

            By pokethekat

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

            Image quality is stunning. I'm no professcional but can easily see the difference between this lens and my others. Contrast is rich and detalied. There is no distoration to speak of and the bokeh is creamy smooth. Just look at some of the reviews. Great for potraits, landscape.

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            • Yes

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another great product by Zeiss

            By Sonyguy

            from Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

              It maybe a heavy piece of quality glass but it is precise and fantastic

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Lens

              By Fletch

              from Arlington, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                This is my first lens 135MM lens and I love it. I recently attended a formal dance and in low light conditions this lens is superb. I photographed the evening's entertainment and the pictures were stunning. The lens is fast, quiet and everything one would want to photograph a wide range of subjects. I would certainly recommend it to anyone and everyone wanted crystal clear professional photographs. A really great lens and well worth the price.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a nice lens

                By realistgva

                from Geneva, SWitzerland

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                The lens is big,heavy but just so nice. I already own the 24-70 f2.8 from Zeiss. This one is even bigger.

                My test so far have been on a Sony A100 body. With the crop it makes a 200mm f1.8 tele. very nice but kind of slow focus for that. I was trying to caputre a cat running around in a room with low lighting.
                The pictures captured are very bright.

                This lens will definitle require some getting used to. I found my self shooting pretty much in Full manual mode to get the pictures I wanted.
                For concerts and low light photo's this will be a great lens. 135 for portraits is very nice but you need some space to move away from the model.

                It is definitely a lens that will be noticed

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Simply put, FANTASTIC

                By HDPhoto

                from Hamilton, MT

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                  Sharp, Sharp, Sharp.. I can not fault this lens. It performs as specified with no noticeable issues at all. Just finished a shoot at Disney's Animal Kingdom and captured incredible detail. I do use a 24MP camera that helps with fine detail, but the lens is just perfect. Imagine 1.8 at 135mm.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Incredibly sharp

                  By Nigel850

                  from Virginia , USA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Not Weather Sealed

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                  Im basically a streetshooter and like a sharp and fast lens, mostly primes. This lens is beautiful, sharp and with a creamy bokeh. Im using it with the Sony Alpha 850 Full Frame dslr and i'm getting excellent results. The lens is slightly heavy and should have weather sealing.

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                  (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great lens

                  By Jennifer

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                  I am using this lens on a Minolta Maxxum 7D and the lens functions like a 200 mm instead of a 135 mm. I needed a lens for taking gymnastics photographs (low light, no flash). I am getting superior photographs with this lens. I am an amateur, but some of the photos rival those taken by the professionals at the gymnastics meets. With the shallow depth of field, the gymnasts just "pop" out from the blurred background (bokeh), as long as I'm not too far away when shooting.

                  The focusing is the only issue since, as others pointed out, the autofocus is slow. Depending on the circumstance, then, I often am using manual focus. I set the manual focusing to smooth, which makes it a bit easier. I can sometimes get away with the continuous autofocusing, but not always.This is the reason for the deduction of a star. If you are taking photographs of non-moving or slow-moving subjects, the focusing is not an issue.

                  As others stated, it is heavy, but when you see the results you get, you really don't mind!

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic Lens

                  By Tom

                  from Penny Hill, DE

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                    If I was any happier with this lens, I would have to be twins. I have wanted a Carl Zeiss lens for years and I am more than satisfied with it. I won't repeat all the positive things said in the above reviews, but I do agree with those reviewers. I will say this though. I find the auto-focus to be very quick and positive. Also, the narrow DOF possibilities are mind boggling. The auto-focus only works with the camera set on live view. Maybe that's normal or maybe I need to dig into my camera manual to see if I need to change a setting or maybe it's because it's an older camera(Alpha350). But that is minor. The lens is solidly built and, yes, it is heavy, but I don't mark that as a 'con'. It is a Zeiss, it's big, so of course it is heavy. Just make sure you always have a good grip on it when you are doing things like changing lenses or taking it out of a bag. I also find that my hands get tired using it, but I'll acclimate to that. Last, always have a filter on it for protection. Good lens, good buy. Good bye.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    [...]

                    By Gramper Tommy

                    from Brandywine Hundred, DE

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                        After years of wanting a Carl Zeiss lens I was finally able to afford one. After weeks of looking at the 85mm and 135mm, I decided on the latter, [...] the 135mm being more versatile. [...]

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent, fast lens

                        By Bart

                        from Kansas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens:

                          This lens is great for wildlife photography. I have taken some photos of deer low light conditions and they turned out sharp. It also yields sharp photos of sporting events.

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