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Sony 135 f/1.8 GM Lens SEL135F18GM Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 82%
Pros**
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Excellent build quality
  • Compact and compact
Cons**
  • Vignetting and bokeh
  • Not action-ready

Summary

The Sony 1.8/135 GM is a highly anticipated lens that has been rumored for some time. The lens has all the features of current high end Sony lenses. It is exceptionally sharp wide open and focuses as fast as is imaginable in a lens like this. Portrait and wedding photographers will also love this lens as it is very reliable and versatile.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 1.8/135 GM is the sharpest of them all, at least for all lenses that I have used yet. It is the first lens where nothing happens when I stop down except of decreasing vignetting and increasing diffraction. For most people, the GM will be the best choice but if travel or landscape photography is you main subject, the Batis is worth a thought.
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Pros[**]
  • Very sharp and contrasty
  • Good CA correction
  • Wide open sharpness
Cons[**]
  • Glossy filter thread
  • Poor flare performance

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
Sony 135mm F1.8 GM is a new jewel in the GM serie, it will produce excellent results in Outdoor portraits, sports, weddings, street photography. Outstanding sharpness wide open from centre to corner Blazingly fast and accurate AF Reasonable size and weight Excellent color rendition Very smooth background blur Very good Bokeh Balls Clickless aperture for video Short focusing distance of 70cm Average Resistance to flare is good but Sigma 135mm is doing better on that matter.
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Pros[**]
  • Fast, silent and accurate
  • Excellent build construction
  • Excellent handling and handling
Cons[**]
  • Not yet a Lightroom lens profile
  • Bokeh Balls are better, the only areas where the Sigma has the edge is a little bit better resistance to flare, and the price (1400 euros)

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is the latest addition to the company's premium G Master series of lenses. It incorporates XA elements, which are molded into shapes that wouldn't be possible using traditional glass shaping and polishing techniques. The lens blurs with aplomb at its widest apertures, and an 11-blade circular diaphragm maintains bokeh even when stopped down.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredibly sharp
  • Fast autofocus
  • High resolution
Cons[**]
  • No manual focus

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM is a G Master lens designed to partner with a full-frame camera. It uses a Super ED element towards the front and ED glass behind this, both helping to keep chromatic aberration to a minimum. An Extreme Aspherical (XA) element positioned directly behind these, meanwhile, should help combat spherical aberration. Focus is internal, and you can limit the range if you need to with the focus limit switch on the side of the lens.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sharpness and natural bokeh
  • Excellent autofocus
  • Excellent build quality
Cons[**]
  • Vignetting at widest apertures

References

1. ^ Review: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM. phillipreeve. 2019-04-21 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM. sonyalpha. 2019-04-22 Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Review. pcmag. 2019-11-11 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Hands on: Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM review. techradar. 2019-02-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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