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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 f/1.8 Telephoto, Wide aperture for amazingly bright telephoto shots, Superb sharpness with Sony Super Steady Shot system
  • Close-up focusing capability (less than three feet), Internal Focusing to speed auto-focus response
  • 2 ED Glass elements for sharp clear long shots
  • 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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Compatible Mountings Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony E (NEX) Sony/Minolta Alpha Sony/Minolta Alpha
Dimensions 3.5 inches x 4.53 inches x 3.5 inches 2.52 inches x 2.8 inches x 2.52 inches 3.23 inches x 2.87 inches x 3.23 inches 2.95 inches x 3.9 inches x 2.95 inches
Item Weight 2.31 pounds 0.62 pounds 1.23 pounds 1.11 pounds
Lens wide-angle Prime lens Prime lens Prime lens
Maximum Aperture 1.8 2.8 f Information not provided Information not provided
Max Focal Length 135 mm 55 mm 85 mm 100 mm
Min Aperture 22 22 22 32
Min Focal Length 135 mm 55 mm 85 mm 100 mm
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Whether you need a large aperture to shoot in low light, a suitable shutter speeds for shooting action or creative control of background defocusing, the 135mm lens will reward you with stunning resolution and contrast where it counts. In addition to portraits and landscapes, this focal length is a good choice for indoor sports. Featuring Carl Zeiss T* coating and built-in image stabilization, this lens will make it easier than ever to capture crisp images.

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Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA Telephoto Zoom Lens

Whether you need a large aperture to shoot in low light, a suitable sutter speeds for shooting action or creative control of background defocusing, the 135mm lens will reward you with stunning resolution and contrast where it counts. In addition to portraits and landscapes, this focal length is a good choice for indoor sports. Featuring Carl Zeiss T* coating and built-in image stabilization, this lens will make it easier than ever to capture crisp images.

Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA Telephoto Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.

Focus hold button
Distance encoder

Focus hold button

Once you’ve adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera’s custom settings.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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Product Dimensions 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Item Weight 2.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000JE5CIC
Item model number SAL135F18Z
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4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,593 in Camera & Photo > Lenses > Camera Lenses > Digital Camera Lenses
#54,118 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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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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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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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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The first time I used this lens was on an A99. OMG. It took my breath away. The normal descriptive terms of detail, color, and even 3D-like effect don't describe the Wow factor of this lens. I could see the difference just reviewing a shot in the EVF, which is roughly like looking at a 5x7 print. The last time I'd had a reaction like that was about 30 years ago, the first time I saw the results of using a Leica M3 after using Nikon pro equipment. And understand, I don't use run-of-the-mill lenses today. This lens, IMHO, is better than the 85mm, which is an absolutely superb lens that I might actually prefer for some FF portraiture.

The lens is super hefty -- just saying it's two pounds doesn't describe how it feels in your hands. Both it and the 85mm have lens hoods that feel like they were made from a segment of howitzer barrel. Other lens hoods, even metal ones, feel like cheap toys by comparison.

It is a bit noisy focusing, which will be a problem for video shooters using an in-camera mic. I sometimes actually prefer audible focusing on stills because I can hear what the lens is doing.

Is this the best DSLR lens currently made? I can't imagine anything better. And it's cheaper for a Sony Alpha because it doesn't need built-in stabilization. If you want the very best, if you can live with the weight, and if you can justify this much money for a single focal length, you've got to get one.
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