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Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E

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Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 22
  • Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Ultra-Precision Aspherical Element
Designed for portraiture, landscapes, and astrophotography, the AF 135mm f/1.8 FE from Samyang is a medium-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Offering outstanding resolution, the optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion elements and an ultra-precision aspherical element, which suppresses both chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness, color accuracy, and clarity. An ultra multicoating has also been applied to reduce ghosting and flare in order to achieve higher contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.
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Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 Overview

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Designed for portraiture, landscapes, and astrophotography, the AF 135mm f/1.8 FE from Samyang is a medium-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. Offering outstanding resolution, the optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion elements and an ultra-precision aspherical element, which suppresses both chromatic and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness, color accuracy, and clarity. An ultra multicoating has also been applied to reduce ghosting and flare in order to achieve higher contrast when working in strong lighting conditions.

The lens has a linear STM autofocus motor for quick, quiet, and precise focusing performance, plus a minimum focusing distance of just 2.3" to suit working with close-up subjects. Three different customized buttons for enhanced functionality include a focus hold button, a custom switch, and a focus range limiter switch. It also features an astro-focus function for astrophotography. The weather-sealed construction offers protection against dust, light rain, and snow.

Medium-length telephoto prime designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 202.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords significant control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Three extra-low dispersion elements reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and color rendering.
Ultra-precision aspherical element provides natural and refined bokeh.
Ultra multicoating reduces flare and ghosting for increased contrast and a neutral color balance.
Linear STM autofocus motor works in conjunction with Sony cameras' focusing systems for quick, quiet, and precise AF control.
Custom switch can be used for lens-based control over select exposure or shooting functions, such as aperture selection, with additional settings coming via future firmware updates.
Focus hold button lets you keep the lens locked to your desired focusing distance. Also allows you to assign functions such as Eye AF in settings on the camera body.
Focus limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to two different ranges to suit different applications: 27 to 79" for closeup shooting or 59" to infinity for standard shooting.
Astro-focus mode for astrophotography.
Eleven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out-of-focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Weather-sealed construction helps protect against dust and moisture.
Included lens hood helps to block stray light from causing flare and ghosting.
UPC: 084438767360

Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 Specs

Focal Length135mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View18.9°
Minimum Focus Distance27.2" / 69 cm
Maximum Magnification0.24x
Optical Design13 Elements in 11 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.7 x 5.1" / 93 x 130 mm
Weight27.2 oz / 772 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.68 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.9 x 7 x 6.5"

Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 Reviews

Bokeh to die for

By Art
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

Not the quickest to autofocus but the bokeh is gorgeous. You can turn the background into a creamy mix of colors when you choose to. Lovely rendering and certainly sharp enough, though the depth of field is razor thin wide open.

Nice!

By Franklin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

The Samyang 135mm f/1.8 is a fantastically, sharp lens that hits the right price point. Worth owning.

Successor of a Classic

By Franz
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

I own the predecessor of this lens (the Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 Manual Focus). It is one of my favorite lenses and a classic in astrophotography circles. So I had to ask myself whether I should shell out twice as much for its successor, the Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f/1.8 Auto Focus. After reading various reviews I took the plunge. Checking it out, I was glad to find several improvements which justified the investment: 1) The new lens is much lighter, and it has autofocus. That allowed me to quickly grab it for shooting scenes in my backyard when the lighting happened to be perfect. It was also easy to take it along on my walks. 2) Color fringing has become undetectable, thanks to 2 additional low dispersion elements. 3) Likewise, vignetting has been reduced further by enlarging the front element, making life easier in astrophotography. For the night sky I found a reduction of the falloff from 36% at f/2.0 to 20% at f/1.8 in Capture One (using raw files on full frame with the setting Generic). This lens just became available, and it still has some minor quirks. As reported on the web, it sometimes discharges the battery over time when simply turning the camera off after use. I noticed the effect on both the A7III and the a6300. This problem appears to have been solved by firmware version 2. Since I did not want to buy the lens station required for the upgrade, I used a fix that worked for a similar problem with a lens adapter: After turning the camera off, remove the lens and put it back on. (It is actually sufficient to rotate the lens outward until it stops, and then back inward.) Another concern was the stress on the tripod mount of my small a6300 APS-C camera. That was resolved by a tripod adapter for the similar-sized Sony 135mm f/1.8 FE lens (iShoot Model S135FE, with electrical tape added for cushioning). Notice that this combination produces the field of view and brightness of a full frame camera with a monster 200mm f/1.8 lens.

Almost perfect....

By Jim
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

These are first edition lenses and have version 1.0 firmware. I had to purchase an additional component to install new firmware adding to the cost. v 1.0 did not provide the proper signal between the camera and lens and created a battery drain while the camera was off. New firmware solved the issue and all is good.

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Unfortunately there is no teleconverter compatible with Samyang AF 135mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E at this time.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-03-10
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