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Sony FE 135mm F1.8 G Master Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 2000 EURNeoscore 80%NEX score 80%

Product Overview

The FE 135mm F1.8 G Master is a strong addition to Sony's FE-mount lineup of full-frame mirrorless lenses. Using Sony's XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to suppress all common lens aberrations. Nano AR Coating further reduces flare and ghosting when shooting in backlit conditions.
The FE 135mm F1.8 GM employs a total of four of Sony's XD linear motors, two for each group, to achieve quick and reliable AF tracking.
All these are packaged in a comparatively compact and lightweight package at 950 g.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional sharpness across the frame
  • Great flare resistance
  • Weather-sealed
  • Declickable aperture ring
  • Great build quality
  • Very fast autofocus
Cons

    What external reviewers found***

    NEX score: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
    Pros
    • Good for street, highly detailed landscape and urban views
    • Excellent build quality
    • Excellent image quality
    • Excellent build construction
    • Excellent handling and handling
    • Excellent autofocus
    Cons
    • Poor flare performance
    • Not yet a Lightroom lens profile
    • High price tag
    • Glossy filter thread
    • No manual focus
    • Vignetting at widest apertures
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    Specifications

    Construction

    Aperture Blades
    11 blades
    Colors
    Black
    Form Factor
    Medium Telephoto Prime Lens
    Image Size
    Full-Frame
    Lens Barrel
    Physical aperture ring, Focus limiter
    Lens Mount
    Sony E-mount
    Material
    Magnesium alloy
    Motor
    Linear Motor
    Optical Formula | Elements
    13 elements
    Optical Formula | Groups
    10 groups
    Optical Formula | Special Glass
    XD, Super ED and ED elements; Nano AR and fluorine coatings groups

    Dimensions

    Filter Diameter
    82 mm / 3.23 in
    Size | Diameter
    90 mm / 3.54 in
    Size | Length
    127 mm / 5.00 in
    Weight
    950 g / 33.57 oz

    Function

    Angle Of View
    18.2° Diagonal | 15.2° Horizontal | 10.2° Vertical
    Aperture
    f/1.8 ~ f/22
    Autofocus
    Yes
    Focal Length
    135 mm
    Focus Type
    Internal
    Image Stabilization
    No
    Weather Resistance
    Yes

    Performance

    Max Magnification
    0.25x
    Min Focus Distance
    700 mm / 27.56 in

    Production

    Accessory
    Lens hood included
    Debut
    2019-02-26
    Model Name
    SEL135F18GM

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    3rd-Party Review Videos

    External Reviews

    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.
    Find the original article here.
    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.
    Find the original article here.
    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)

    cameralabs[3]

    Sentiment Score 84%
    Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
    The Sony FE 135mm f1.8 G Master is a telephoto prime lens designed for the Alpha series of full-frame mirrorless cameras. It captures a classic telephoto field-of-view that’s ideal for tighter portraits shot from a distance with minimal distortion. The lens employs 13 elements in 10 groups and an 11-blade circular aperture system. Two floating focus groups each driven by a pair of XD linear motors ensure focusing is swift and accurate.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros
    • High resolution across the frame with attractive rendering of blurred areas
    • Fast f1.8 focal ratio delivers very shallow depth-of-field effects
    • Good for street, highly detailed landscape and urban views
    Cons
    • No manual focus breathing

    pcmag[4]

    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.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros
    • Incredibly sharp
    • Fast autofocus
    • High resolution
    Cons
    • No manual focus

    techradar[5]

    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

    digitalpicture[6]

    Sentiment Score 73%
    Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
    As an "FE" lens, the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras. At review time, this lens model could not be found in retail stock. The Sigma has slightly less vignetting, very slightly less linear distortion, and shows slightly more flare.
    Find the original article here.
    Pros
    • Excellent image quality
    • Compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras
    Cons
    • High price tag

    User Reviews

    References

    1. ^ Review: Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-sony-fe-135mm-f1-8-gm/. 2019-04-21. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    2. ^ Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/04/22/sony-fe-135mm-f1-8-gm/. 2019-04-22. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
    3. ^ Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-135mm-f1-8-gm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
    4. ^ Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-fe-135mm-f18-gm. 2019-11-11. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    5. ^ Hands on: Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-fe-135mm-f18-gm. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
    6. ^ Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-135mm-f-1.8-GM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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