Published: February 26, 2019
Sony has rapidly filled out their FE lens line-up – yet one focal length remained at the top of many users wish lists. Sony FE 135mm F1.8 G Master Lens ($1,898 from B&H Photo | Amazon | Sony) not only fills that gap – it may be Sony’s best lens to date.
The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM is Sony’s Sony’s Ninth G Master lens – the 31st Fullframe FE lens and 49th E-mount lens overall. As you’d expect from Sony’s flagship G Master designation, it offers the rare combination of exceptionally high resolution and beautiful bokeh.
YOU Asked for ONE POINT EIGHT and You Got It!
Yes, a F2 lens would have been slightly smaller, lighter and cheaper, however you all spoke very loudly that you wanted a F1.8, so that’s what I lobbied for and you got it! Sony product planners confirmed that comments on this blog played a key role in that decision.
Fast Responsive AF from Twin XD Linear Floating Focus Groups
The lens is designed with Twin XD Linear Floating Focus Groups and a total of FOUR Sony proprietary XD linear motors (two for each focus group) in order to achieve extremely fast AF tracking for sports photography and instantaneous Enhanced Eye AF ideal for portraits. The lens takes advantage of its Dual XD Floating Focus Groups which move closer together at near focus distances and farther apart at infinity for optimal focus at both near and far.
Additionally, the floating focus groups offer video shooting an added bonus as they serve to minimize focus breathing while providing smooth and nearly silent focus that’s important for video.
XA Extreme and Super ED Glass
Like all G Master lenses, FE 135mm F1.8 GM is designed for corner-to-corner sharpness using an XA Extreme aspherical lens element to suppress spherical aberrations along with a Super ED and ED lens element to suppress chromatic aberrations.
Beautiful Background Bokeh
As with all G Master lenses, FE 135mm F1.8 GM has beautiful defocussed background bokeh thanks to the combination of high precision XA Extreme aspherical lens elements and 11-Blade circular aperture…yes, Spinal Tap fans, the numbers go to ELEVEN!
Cast Magnesium Alloy Chassis for Extreme Durability
FE 135mm F1.8 GM features a cast magnesium alloy shell, like the one used in the FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS, for durability, yet its lightweight, portable design makes it ideal for wedding and travel photography.
Lightest & Smallest in Class
FE 135mm F1.8 GM weighs in at 33.5 oz (950 grams) – that’s 10 ounces lighter and at 5 inches (127 mm) long, it’s half an inch shorter than Sigma’s FE 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens, so it won’t weight you down even after a long day of shooting.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM features two focus hold buttons – one each for landscape and portrait orientation, a physical aperture ring and focus limit options of Full, 0.7-2 meters, 1.5 m – Infinity which allows faster focus when shooting close-ups or action.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM can be set for either clicked or clickless aperture control.
Great Focal Length for Portraits
Floating Focus Mechanism for Improved Close Focus to 2.3 feet
FE 135mm F1.8 GM focuses down to 2.3 feet (0.7m) for a magnification factor of 0.25X which is perfect for tight portraits. The lens takes advantage of its Dual XD Floating Focus Groups which move closer together at near focus distances and farther apart at infinity for optimal focus at both near and far.
Flattened Perspective for Architecture
Smallest & Lightest in Class for Travel
Fast 135mm lenses are not exactly tiny yet at 33.5 oz (950 grams) and just 5 inches (127 mm) long, Sony’s FE 135 G Master is the lightest- and smallest-in-class so it won’t weight you down even after a long day of shooting.
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