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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||circular hood|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 4.53 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||2.31 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||0.72 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||135 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||18 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||3.8 pounds|
|Style Name||135mm Zeiss Lens|
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Dimensions||3.5 inches x 4.53 inches x 3.5 inches||3.23 inches x 2.87 inches x 3.23 inches||3.15 inches x 3.9 inches x 3.15 inches||3.19 inches x 2.83 inches x 3.19 inches|
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|Lens||wide-angle||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Aperture||1.8||Information not provided||Information not provided||1.4|
|Max Focal Length||135 mm||85 mm||135 mm||50 mm|
|Min Focal Length||135 mm||85 mm||135 mm||50 mm|
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From the Manufacturer
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.
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
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.
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's lenses like THIS lens, and the 85mm G master that need a 10 star system, so you can then give both of these lenses around 15 stars! Read morePublished 4 days ago by DIX PIX photo, video, and pro audio
Disclaimer: I bought this lens on Amazon Japan from Bic Camera due to the low price of the Japanese Yen at the current time of this review. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Timothy Tasmin
I not only shoot A mount- I shoot full frame for this lens and this lens- period. I've got numerous systems (M43, APSC, FF) and what I can say is it comes down to glass. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thinkinginpictures
This is truly a 'unicorn' lens as others have testified. I've used a bunch of dedicated portrait prime lenses, usually in the 85 to 100mm range, but this one is the best so far. Read morePublished 14 months ago by B. Collins-Sussman
I got this lense to use with the LAEA-4 adapter on the a7ii. I'm not a pro so only have my personal experience but once I calibrated the focus it was simply amazing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter