Sony Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

Sony Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

Sony Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Auto Clutch Mechanism
  • Focus Hold Button; Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.4'
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 135mm f/1.8 overview

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Regarded as one of the best telephoto primes for portraits, Sony's Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens boasts one of the fastest apertures available at this focal length as well as outstanding resolving power across the frame. Designed for full-frame A-mount cameras and featuring an f/1.8 along with a nine-blade circular diaphragm, this lens is able to capture photographs with exceptionally shallow depth of field. Also, it uses two extra-low dispersion elements in the optical design as well as Zeiss' outstanding T* anti-reflective coating to combat aberrations and minimize flare and ghosting, respectively, in order to create crisp, clean imagery.

For natural and intuitive handling, the lens is equipped with various technologies, including an Auto Clutch mechanism that prevents the focusing ring from rotating when autofocusing. It also offers a minimum focus distance of 2.4', enabling a magnification of 0.25x for close-up photos. Additionally, it is equipped with a focus hold button for rapid control over the lens during shooting.

Based on the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with 11 elements in eight groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/1.8 while simultaneously reducing flare and improving contrast.
A telephoto prime designed for full-frame A-mount cameras, the 135mm can also be used on APS-C camera systems where it will provide a 202.5mm equivalent focal length.
The f/1.8 maximum aperture is exceptionally fast for this class of lens, allowing users to create images with shallow depth of field and work in low-light conditions with relative ease.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Two extra-low dispersion glass elements are featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
An Auto Clutch mechanism prevents the focusing ring from rotating when the lens is set to autofocus, allowing for easier, and more natural feeling control over the lens.
An internal focus design helps optimize the autofocus system for faster, more reliable focusing.
A focus hold button is present for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
A minimum focus distance of 2.4' with a relatively high 0.25x magnification allows shooters to get closer to their subject.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242694248
In the Box
Sony Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
  • ALC-SH003 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F77S 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R55 Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony 135mm f/1.8 specs

    Focal Length 135mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Sony A
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 18°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.36' / 72 cm
    Magnification 0.25x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.46 x 4.51" / 88 x 114.5 mm
    Weight 2.19 lb / 995 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 5.0 x 5.0"

    Sony 135mm f/1.8 reviews

    Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 135 f 1.8 Zeiss is worth the price I use this lens for landscapes and portraits. The bokeh is marvelous, which is the primary reason I bought it after much research. Image sharpness and build quality are high and just what you'd expect from Zeiss. Auto-Focus/mechanism is NOT silky smooth but this doesnt effect the results. Im a retired professional photographer and now its just pictures for pleasure. I waited for the price of mega pixels/image resolution to come down before going digital. Getting a Zeiss lens to go with the package made it worth the wait. Zeiss 135 f 1.8 is worth the price.
    Date published: 2009-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bargain This (135mm full frame) what I consider a normal lens on a full frame camera and have 135 for years most of the time. This is the best one I have ever had of any focal length! The only way to equal this lens in optical and build is with a cine lens like they use in Hollywood to make movies and these are ((house) expensive they are only rented. Wide open at F1.8 is where I use this lens almost all the time, I only stop down if I have to for effect. Mechanically there is no room for improvement. If can get it, get it!
    Date published: 2010-05-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number 1 Lens I've had this lens since 2014 and it is absolutely the best lens in my bag. I feel fortunate for being able to buy it when it first came out and that it is and A-Mount. Like everyone else says, it is big and heavy, but that's the tradeoff when you see the results. I have done Sacramental events at church without using a flash and the 135 performed admirably in the low light. Your pictures will look stunning with this lens. If you're a serious photographer then you need to try this as a rental. You will have it in your bag once you see what I'm talking about. No other lens has the great resolution that you will get. The Bokeh will stun you.
    Date published: 2018-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a nice 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
    Date published: 2012-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly amazing! Stunned! 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.
    Date published: 2014-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this 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!!!!
    Date published: 2016-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning! This lens is razor sharp! Beyond just sharpness, the lens has amazing bokeh and I find a much better focal length than 85mm, but that comes down to personal opinion. When used on a film body or my A850 it is a dream to use. Wide open this lens is great, and stopped down this lens is amazing as well. I would be curious to see the results of using it on a cropped sensor, and am sure it would still be quite stunning. Build quality is great, I honestly can't think of a single complaint for this lens. Perhaps one complaint could be the size and weight of this lens, but it is to be expected for the aperture, build quality and focal length. Som complain about not having SSM in the lens, and that is just starting to nit pick with this camera, I honestly am happy it doesn't because I can shoot with my Maxxum 7000 throwaway body if I want to!
    Date published: 2010-06-30
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