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Sony SAL-135F28 135mm f/2.8 (T4.5) STF Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera

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  • Smooth transmission focus system for pleasing effect
  • Apodization lens element smooths out-of-focus areas
  • Subjects stand out vividly against smooth, even backgrounds
  • Manual aperture ring adjusts from T 4.5 to T 6.7, manual focusing with comfortable wide focus ring
  • Circular aperture gives spot light sources a circular shape

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL-135F28
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 135 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 135 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 99 x 80 x 4.7 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000JE5CJQ
  • Item model number: SAL-135F28
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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135mm F2.8 (T4.5) STF Telephoto Zoom Lens

This unique lens has been specifically deisnged to deliver smooth transitions between crisp in-focus areas and creamily defocused background and foreground areas. Featuring a manual aperture ring to provide direct, hands-on defocusing control and offers smooth, natural highlight diffusion. This 135mm lens promises a one-of-a-kind photographic experience.

135mm F2.8 (T4.5) STF Telephoto Zoom Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture

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.

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Product Description

Smooth transmission focus system for pleasing effect Apodization lens element smooths out-of-focus areas Subjects stand out vividly against smooth, even backgrounds Manual aperture ring adjusts from T 4.5 to T 6.7, manual focusing with comfortable wide focus ring Circular aperture gives spot light sources a circular shape

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By robertsmx on March 12, 2012
Sony 135mm/f2.8[T4/5] is one of the great but underappreciated lenses in the market. Part of that may be due to Sony's lack of marketing initiatives and a part of it the price tag. But, to a greater part, it may also be usability challenges as this is not a lens for the casual photographer (see below).

Build Quality: Superb. This is a substantial piece of metal and glass, that comes nicely wrapped in its own soft, well padded leather bag, a lens hood with black non-reflective lining and covers for the front (72mm) and back. The focusing ring is smooth, as is the aperture control ring.

Image Quality: Outstanding. While the STF (Smooth Transition Focus) is revered for its unmatched, silky smooth rendering of out of focus areas (bokeh), it does so while also being one of the sharpest lenses even wide open. The images tend to have a unique 3D feel.

Usability: This is a manual focus only lens, hence not for people who can't do without auto-focus. In fact, there is no focus confirmation. For them, Sony's 135mm/f1.8 Zeiss would be the answer. It is also a better lens for low light performance. Outside of that realm, and if you're a willing participant in the system's focus-on-the-subject for its great rewards, like I have become, the STF lens has a lot to offer.

Focusing with this lens has been easy for me, even without using any manual focus assist feature. And if your camera has an assist feature similar to my primary camera (Sony SLT-A55), which allows a 7x-14x zoom (Live View as well as Electronic View Finder), it is even better. My back up camera (Sony NEX-3) goes a step further, with its Focus Peaking feature (All NEX-series cameras, and SLT-65 and SLT-77 now have it).

Unlike other lenses, this lens has two modes to control the aperture.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alec on March 4, 2013
I had been reading about this lens for years, I just had to have it! If you have read the articles and seen the pictures posted all over the place, you either know you want this lens, or you don't. If you do (and you know who you are), it is everything you dreamed it was. There is simply no lens ever made that is better for pretty flower pictures and bright light still portraits.

But let's be honest-- this is a difficult lens to use. It needs a lot of light. Anything short of bright sunlight might not do. It is manual focus only, and the nature of the lens disables the PD focus confirmation in manual mode (the green box that lights up).

Here is where the innovations of Sony's digital approach come into play, and help overcome these difficulties quite well. Focus peaking works perfectly, and thus it becomes a much more usable lens. When you are controlling the aperture, you can see the background melt away as the shot is composed. Image stabilization works also, which is nice on what is effectively a 200mm lens.

If you have an a77 the two make a great pair. Some of the more recent sample images have been from an a99, and it looks like that is great pairing as well. It has received high marks for use on a FF sensor, with minimal vingetting, softening, or distortion. On my a77, there is absolutely none I have noticed.

If you know you want it, you do. If you just *think* you want it, you probably don't. Seriously, it is expensive, heavy, and can be a real pain to get the shot you want.

In my opinion the unique qualities of this lens are well worth the extreme extra effort (and price). The results are beyond anything possible with other lenses, and probably even beyond what you can manipulate digitally.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 21, 2013
Excellent prime lens, perfect circular and creamy bokeh, sharp, great image quality. All metal body and crystal glasses. It is a little heavy but you can feel the quality.
Is a very specialized and unique lens, only manual focus but you can use the Peaking Level and Focus Magnifier functions to make focus easy; check your Alpha camera handbook.
If you are a only "auto-focus" person this great lens is not for you. But if you have experience manual focusing like old 135 film SLR camera times you are going to love this lens and shoot amazing pictures; the knowledge curve are going to be short. This lens is perfect to portrait, nature and many other kind of pictures.
It is only for Sony A-mount. You can not find it for any other camera mount.
I bought it directly on a Sony Store.
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