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Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

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  • Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 135mm f1.8 telephoto with wide aperture for amazingly bright telephoto shots
  • Superb sharpness with Sony Super SteadyShot system
  • Close-up focusing capability (less than three feet)
  • Internal Focusing to speed autofocus response
  • 2 ED glass elements for sharp clear long shots

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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL-135F18Z
  • Lens Type: Telephoto
  • Minimum focal length: 0.72 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 135 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 3.8 x 3.5 inches ; 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000JE5CIC
  • Item model number: SAL-135F18Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Sony SAL-135F18Z Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 135mm f/1.8 Telephoto LensA high-performance telephoto lens withthe widest aperture in its class. Whether you're shooting a distant mountain peak or a beautiful orchid at arm's length, this superb telephoto lens provides amazing image quality. Its f/1.8 aperture makes it the brightest telephoto lens in its class-- and with 35mm-equivalent 202.5mm focal length plus the ability to focus tightly on objects closer than three feet away, it can cover an amazing range of photographic assignments. Features:* Ultra-Bright Images: At fully open f/1.8 aperture (the best in its class), this high-performance135mm lens creates amazingly bright telephoto images.* Superb Sharpness: In conjunction with theSuper SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens givesyou excellent results even working with hand-heldcamera by available light.* Close-up Focusing:You can capture professional-quality images of both faraway scenes and objects closer than three feet. * Internal Focusing System: Internal lens elements move to increase auto-focus speed to help you catch quick action.* ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass: Two ED Glass lenses minimize flare and greatly reduce chromatic aberration, giving you sharp, clear telephoto shots.Specifications:Carl Zeiss Sonnar T 135mm f/1.8 Telephoto Wideaperture for amazingly bright telephoto shots Superb sharpness with Sony Super SteadyShot systemClose-up focusing capability (less than three feet) Internal Focusing to speed auto-focus response 2 ED Glass elements for sharp clear long shots Focal Length: 35mm Equivalent: 135 mm Focal Length: APS: 202.5 mm Angle of View: 35mmEquivalent: 18Angle of View: APS: 12Min Focus Distance: 2' 5" (72 cm) Aperture: Maximum: f1.8; Minimum: f22 Maximum Magnification: 0.25X Lens Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups with9 aperture blades Filter Diameter: 77 mm Dimensions: 3-1/2 x 4-5/8" (88.5 x 1

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Sony's Zeiss Sonnar 135mm/1.8 lens is sharp and fast.
Brian Smith
Generally regarded as the best lens that Sony makes, and I totally agree.
M. Zaslove
You get sharpness, color and amazing contrast control.
W. E. Hattersen

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Hattersen on August 21, 2009
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I have been shooting dual systems, which seems to have become the norm to some extent. I have had my eye on the Canon 135mm f2.0L for a while especially after buying and using the 200mm f2.8L II. My most frustrating focal range was the 24-70mm until I acquired the Sony/Zeiss variant. That got me hooked on the Zeiss lenses so I took the plunge and bought the 135mm f1.8 Sonnar T* for my A700. What an incredible lens!

The more I use this lens the more impressed I am with its ability to make magic. I look at recent portraits with this lens and straight away I see "Zeiss Eyes." This lens produces images that are clear and crisp with excellent detail down to the eye lash yet has an abundant control of color and contrast.

The concept is: full-tilt nuance. You get sharpness, color and amazing contrast control. Most lenses give you two of the three (color, contrast or sharpness) few give you all three and even fewer make you stop in tracks in post thinking there is nothing to do but print it! This is the only lens that makes me think - just print it!

I like this lens and my only regret is now I want Sony & Zeiss to step up to some ZA wide angles! For what it is worth I highly recommend this lens.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Photo/Video Gearhead on February 7, 2008
I am astonished by this lens, as well as its sibling the Sony 85mm f1.4 lens Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera. Each lens is razor sharp at its widest aperture. An excellent discussion of this lens may be found at the Photozone web site.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William L. Bunnagar on March 29, 2009
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I'm an amateur hobbyist. I'm heavy into nature and the world around me. I've had good lenses before but never before have I had one that would allow me to enlarge up to 200% and still remain crystal clear. The focus is fast as all get out for keeping up with the flash too. Lens hood, protective carrying case and lens cover are all included with the lens. Such is the Zeiss SAL-135mm f/1.8Z. It must be good. There's only one used lens for sale and it's only $4.00 cheaper than new. I'm still getting used to the DOF(Depth Of Field) on f1.8. I took a picture of a Pitcher Plant 4" long and the mouth of the plant was in sharp focus while from half-way down to the end was not. Amazing. If you're as picky as I am about your pictures, THIS is the lens for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smith on January 4, 2009
Sony's Zeiss Sonnar 135mm/1.8 lens is sharp and fast. It's simply a beautiful lens. When paired with the built-in sensor stabilization in the Sony a900 and a700 cameras it's perfect for hand-held low light photography. Not only is this lens faster than Canon and Nikon lenses in this focal length, it's sharper and built like a Swiss-watch. It joins the Sony 85mm f1.4 lens <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JE5CQO/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk">Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera</a>
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By akinmpls on November 29, 2010
I have used the 135mm f/1.8 Sonnar on the A900 for over a year now - portraits, general purpose pictures and also landscapes. I am just stunned - stunned ! - at what this lens+camera combo is capable of delivering, even when blown up at 100% and beyond. This lens is just sheer magic. I have shot extensively in the past with the Canon 135mm f/2L USM (one of Canon's sharpest lenses) and was impressed with how it performed on the 1DS, the 1DSMKII and the 5D (Version 1) but in comparison to this Zeiss, the Canon is just a shabby wannabe !

Having said all of that, be aware that the f/1.8 (that lets in nearly 25% more light than an f/2 version) that comes with this lens, also makes it a large and heavy beast. This lens is significantly larger/heavier than an f/2 alternative but if you can work around that, there is nothing that is optically better in the marketplace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Lee on March 11, 2012
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This lens produces sharp pictures with lots of details. However, I do believe you will need a full frame body to take maximum advantage of the quality that this lens can produce. Because of its wide range of workable focal length, it can hunt quite a bit in low light (similar to the range of a macro lens). Perhaps if it had SSM, it might alleviate this issue. The lens is heavy at over 2 pounds but it has an all metal construction including the focusing ring (which is much better than the rubber rings that collect dust, dirt, and white oxidation easily). I personally prefer it over the sal85f14 because of the ED glass (sal85f14 does not have ED glass). Also this lens does not change length when focusing while the sal85f14 changes in length as it focuses. Though the focusing ring does not turn while autofocusing, you cannot manual focus while in autofocus mode (or risk breaking the screw slotted motor drive). If it had SSM, you would be able to manual focus while in autofocus mode. The clutch is useful to help with the lack of SSM. For example if you are focusing on a subject but your focus is off in the back, you can easily move your camera back or forth (or move yourself back or forth) while holding onto the clutch to get the part of the subject that you want in focus. You can try to refocus again but that may take too long and you cannot manual focus without flipping the focus switch to manual and that may take too much time. Anyways, this lens is all we have for now and definitely worth buying but I am switching to the SSM version as soon as that is available. I also hope they weatherseal the next revision of this lens but weathersealing is not a big deal (since according to one study that I read online somewhere that canon L lenses with weatherseal is as dusty inside as a non-weathersealed lens).
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