Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens

Model #SAL135F18Z

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.48 x 4.53" (8.84 x 11.51 cm)
Weight 2.17 lb (985 g)
Filter thread 77 mm


Focal length 135 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 202 mm
Minimum focus distance 2.36' (72 cm)
Diaphragm blades 9
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of view 18°
APS-C Picture Angle: 12°
Groups/elements 8/11
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Magnification 0.25x
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4


Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
Photozone de.34752480
29 March 2010

The Zeiss Sonnar T* 135mm f/1.8 ZA showed an outstanding performance within the APS-C test and it manages to keep most of these qualities on full format sensors as well. The resolution is very good at f/1.8 and great to downright phenomanal beyond.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
3 April 2014

I have a couple of Sony / Zeiss lenses, so I'm familiar with quality, etc of this line. I have the Zeiss 24-70 and the 85 1.4, in addition to the original Sony 70-200 2.8 G. This lens however blew me away. I had heard great things and always wanted to try.

3 May 2017

Exceptional optical design. I use this lens with a LA-EA4 adapter on my Sony A7rii. The images are outstanding. The lens is an older screw mount design so it needs an adapter with a built in motor (LA-EA4). Focusing is noisy but the quality of the images are outstanding.

28 July 2013

I have some nice glass, but this is the absolute king of all lenses. If you want to read a technical review than go check out the myriad of praises online including my favorite Sony/Minolta review site- This lens is often praised as the best 135mm period..

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    Sharpness, Bokeh

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Photography review.34752477
1 March 2009

Allready at 1.8 high contrast and sharpness. The Nikon- and Canon-likes reach this level at f: 4 or 5.6. You don't need to stop down for a lot of higher contrast and sharpness. Ideal for setting subjects and objects free in cities and landscapes and to use depth of field in a creative way.

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    See above., Build like a tank!

21 July 2017

There are two sides to most exotic lenses. The technical side and the pictorial presentation. The T*135mm f1.8 ZA is one of those lenses that quite simply delivers. Just buy mounting it on your camera your images look different and more artisan than other photographers can normally produce.

3 March 2017

This lens just arrived so I popped it onto my Sony A99II and snapped some sample pics which I'll upload as part of this review. First impressions: stunning images, somewhat heavy lens (which I do not mind as weight often comes with qualit) with overall gorgeous lens aesthetics.

26 November 2016

This is my favorite lens to shoot with on my FS7 cinema camera. Problem is that it looks so good I can't mix the footage with other "less awesome" lenses. Solution: I'm buying the rest of this Sony Zeiss A-Mount prime family.

22 September 2016

I've used this lens with a Sony A99 and the results are breathtaking. The lens remains tack sharp even at F1.8 while the background is creamy and beautifully diffused. The bokeh balls from background lights look just beautiful.

23 August 2016

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! In different situations, I beat the results with one lens or the other, but these are always the 2 lenses I try to use if I can.

1 June 2015

Another of my favourite Zeiss lenses for sure. Like the 85mm there is no SSM or weather sealing, but don't let this put you off this amazing piece of glass. Focus is still very snappy, and i photograph a lot of live performance in difficult, lo light conditions. This lens performs brilliantly.

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • For Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • 2x Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • For Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
  • 9x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Focus Hold Button & Auto Clutch
In The Box
  • Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T* Telephoto Prime Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • SH0003 Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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