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Sony SAL-135F18Z

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Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SAL-135F18Z review by timtomgo

timtomgo, slrgear.com
14 May 2014
  • Summary: get one, and forget 85mm if you like portraits... contrast burns your eyes at all aperture no optical weaknesses!
  • Pros: quite quick, accurate, amazing built, pictures out of this world, sharp, creammy fat bokeh
  • Cons: heavyyyyy, and no instant manual focus, hunting sometimes
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Overall 10

Amazing piece of glass!

bilalrafi, Amazon
6 April 2014
  • Summary: This lens is the pinnacle of technology and optical quality for portrait artists. Though a bit on the heavy side for use on mirrorless A7R but I have not taken this lens off my camera ever since i received it. Images are rendered beautifully and the bokeh at f/1.8 is amazing. The image center is very sharp when used wide open and creates incredible pictures.
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Fantastic Lens.

echuck322, Sony
11 March 2014
  • Summary: I bought this lens in mid December, 2013, and I have been stunned by the quality of the photos I have taken with it. It took some getting used to. It is big and heavy, but I love that about it. Sometimes it doesn't focus quickly enough and occasionally it tends to hunt in very low light, but with this lens, when you nail a shot, you knock it out of the park!!! I love it and I use it every chance I get.
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Overall 10

Beautiful piece of glass.

Chance, Amazon
18 February 2014
  • Summary: I bought this lens after renting it first. It is fast, colors are extremely accurate, and its tack sharp. It has become my favorite lens.
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Overall 10

Fantastic lense

AK, Birmingham Alabama "I enjoy light hearted..., Amazon
20 January 2014
  • Summary: Have been looking at this lense for a while and decided to purchase. We use it mostly for our children in dance competitions and pageants. It is a fantastic lense.
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Overall 6

Nice lens but way overpriced..

Shinebox, Amazon
6 January 2014
  • Summary: I'm not jumping on the bandwagon with this lens because its a Zeiss. I have used this lens a couple of times with mixed results. I had taken this lens out one day and popped it on my A77 for a Parade local in my area. I would say about just less then half my shots were good and usable. The day was overcast but i was still able to attain fast shutter speeds and low ISO using a 2.0 or 2.5 aperture for the day.
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Overall 10

Fantastic Lens

Adam Lake, Amazon
5 January 2014
  • Summary: Not much else I can say that others haven't, it's a fantastic lens. Not a negative point about it, but something to keep in mind is that 135mm isn't at all wide-angle. You really need to be prepared to move back physically to get the desired shot.
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must have if you can

kingmo, Sony
17 November 2013
  • Summary: It is a wonderful lens, loved it in very shot, beautiful photos effortless. it's pricy I know but worth it, you will want to own one.
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Overall 10

Sony Sal135f1.8z

raz744u, Amazon
1 November 2013
  • Summary: Very creamy bokeh, very sharp from f1.8, not a speed king when it comes to focus speed, but the image quality is top notch. Colors and microcontrast are typical Zeiss!
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Overall 10

Worth every penny

M. Zaslove, Amazon
7 September 2013
  • Summary: Hands down, my favorite lens! It is simply amazing, and I love the images on both the A99 and A77. This is my go-to lens for portraits, low-light settings, and action shots. Bokeh is outstanding. Also have the 85mm Zeiss, and the 135mm is by far superior. Brighter colors, crisper, sharper, than anything else I've seen for Sony. Generally regarded as the best lens that Sony makes, and I totally agree.
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