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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens

BH #SO13518GM • MFR #SEL135F18GM
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • XA Element, Super ED and ED Elements
  • Nano AR and Fluorine Coatings
Prized for its ability to isolate focus, the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM from Sony is a medium telephoto prime characterized by a bright and sophisticated design. Perfect for portraiture, this lens also excels in close-range sports shooting and as a unique focal length for landscape subjects. Its G Master design prioritizes both sharpness and bokeh quality and the lens also sports fast autofocus capabilities and a durable build quality.
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Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2
  • 3Fast Design and Advanced Optics
  • 4Fast and Accurate AF
  • 5Weather-Sealed Construction and Intuitive Handling
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Prized for its ability to isolate focus, the FE 135mm f/1.8 GM from Sony is a medium telephoto prime characterized by a bright and sophisticated design. Perfect for portraiture, this lens also excels in close-range sports shooting and as a unique focal length for landscape subjects. Its G Master design prioritizes both sharpness and bokeh quality and the lens also sports fast autofocus capabilities and a durable build quality.

Fast Design and Advanced Optics

  • As part of Sony's esteemed G Master series, this lens is designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness through the correction of a wide variety of spherical and chromatic aberrations.
  • Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
  • One XA element is incorporated into the optical design, which features superior surface precision for effective control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other spherical aberrations.
  • Two extra-low dispersion elements, including one Super ED element, are featured in the lens design and help to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
  • A Nano AR Coating has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.

Fast and Accurate AF

  • XD Linear Motor system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
  • Minimum focusing distance of just 2.3' renders a 0.25x maximum magnification for working with close-up subjects.
  • Two customizable focus hold buttons are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.

Weather-Sealed Construction and Intuitive Handling

  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Specs

Focal Length135mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View18°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Maximum Magnification0.25x
Optical Design13 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.52 x 5" / 89.5 x 127 mm
Weight33.51 oz / 950 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.6 x 5.9 x 5"

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Reviews

Beyond incredible

By Tiffany
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-26

This lens truly is one of the most amazing lenses you can buy. Not only is it phenomenal for portraits, but it's a fantastic faux-macro due to its ability to be much closer to a subject than other long primes on the market. This lens is so versatile, clean, and beautiful. You absolutely will not regret owning it!

This lens is magic

By Erik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

This is the lens I leave permanently attached to my Sony A1. The compression, sharpness, and rendering quality are unparalleled. While sometimes the focal length is difficult to work with for larger groups, it's worth it if you have the space to back up. I've even used it for a family photo shoot with 10 total people.

Best Sony lens

By Andrae
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-07

Amazingly sharp. Great lens a tad heavy but worth the weight.

Wow for a 135 Prime!

By Ross
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-07

I had very high hopew for this and it certainly didn't disappoint. The image quality via sharpness is just astounding. Really fast focus speed as well as great build quality. I love the fact that it has an aperture ring built around it plus the choice to control it click or clickless for video. A must have for high end portrait work as well as stunning HD video production.

Awesome

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

Incredible optics. I've had a lot of good lenses but this is in a whole other category. As always, the service at B&H was impeccable. Thank you.

So sharp it hurts

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-27

This is another stunning G Master lens from Sony. Super sharp, well built, great form-factor. Great for portrait photos. Very quiet, excellent focus. A bit pricey but that's expected of a GM lens. B&H did a great job getting this to me as usual.

The Best

By jay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-01

This is the best. It's very sharp and beautiful bokeh. I own 55 (lighter) but when I shoot portraits with the 135 I really love the images quality. Between 70-200 and 135 I will pick 135.

The best Sony has to offer

By Sandeep
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-29

This is undoubtedly one of those lenses that you have to use once and fall in love with. This, combined with a 24mm f/1.4 GM and 50mm f/1.2 GM forms my own trifecta and is used weekly for all my shots. the 135mm probably has the best optical quality, accuracy and sharpness edge to edge. The other consideration was the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art. However, if the Sony is going to be your primary portrait lens, it worth investing in for a long time. If the choice is between a 85mm and a 135mm, I like the 135mm much more for outside portraits. For indoors, the 50mm is my usual go to lens.

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does this lens come with a front and rear lens cap?
Asked by: Linda
Yes, the lens comes with, In the Box Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens Sony ALC-F82S 82mm Front Lens Cap Sony ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap ALC-SH156 Lens Hood Lens Case
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-05-10

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What is the best use for this lens? What types of photos was it mainly designed to take?
Asked by: Derek
This lens is ideal for portraits, indoor sports, concerts, photojournalism, and lifestyle photography.
Answered by: Boyd
Date published: 2021-01-08

IS SONY FE 135 /1.8 GM A PRIME LENSE?

IS SONY FE 135 /1.8 GM A PRIME LENSE?
Asked by: chandran
Hi chandran, yes the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM is a prime lens.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-11-25

Does the 135 1.8 GM have Sony's latest internal ...

Does the 135 1.8 GM have Sony's latest internal focusing motors? Like the ones inside the 50 1.2 GM?
Asked by: William
The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens would feature the latest internal focusing motors to date.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-03-22

I already own most of the Sony GM lenses. Today I ...

I already own most of the Sony GM lenses. Today I just received this 135mm f/1.8. When I hold the lens and shake it, there is easily noticeable movement inside. No other GM lens does this. My question: Anyone already owning this lens, is this the same with your copy? Focusing seems to work perfectly and is silent (unlike the 85mm f/1.4) but this interior movement seems strange.
Asked by: Yeshe
Yes mine has a very noticeable but controlled movement when I shake the lens. Some component seems to be moving back and forth. There's no real sound though, and the movement is also quite muffled, a soft thump if you will. I just chalked it up to the focus motor movement. This lens has a very complex focus mechanism which helps it focus at lightning speed. Pretty sure your copy is totally fine.
Answered by: Sam
Date published: 2020-07-01

Would this lens have image stabilization on the ...

Would this lens have image stabilization on the Sony FS5 II?
Asked by: Matthew
This lens has no Image Stabilization
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-07-27

What is a light transmission in T-stops for this ...

What is a light transmission in T-stops for this lens?
Asked by: Roman
I don't think Sony publishes this information. You might try searching 3rd party reviews online (Cameralabs, etc.). From my experience, I doubt that it differs much from the published f1.8. The only Sony lens I know of that differs significantly is the FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS. This 135mm is my favorite Sony lens.
Answered by: Bryan
Date published: 2021-08-21

Will the Sony 1.4x & 2x tele convertors be ...

Will the Sony 1.4x & 2x tele convertors be compatible with this lens?
Asked by: brandon
No, the converters are only compatible with the following lenses; FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS
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Date published: 2021-05-15
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