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 ($2,098 from B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama) not only fills that gap – it may be Sony’s best lens to date.
The new FE 135mm F1.8 GM is Sony’s ninth G Master lens, 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 readers 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.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM measures 3.52 x 5″ / 89.5 x 127 mm (diameter x length) half an inch shorter than Sigma FE 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM weighs in at 33.5 oz (950 grams) making it the lightest in class – that’s 10 ounces lighter than Sigma FE 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, so it won’t weight you down on a long day of shooting.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM has a 82mm front filter thread
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.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM display excellent sharpness across the entire frame at all apertures.
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.
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.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is dust- and moisture-sealed for working in inclement weather.
There is no optical stabilization on this lens. Many Sony camera bodies have built-in sensor-shift stabilization.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM 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.
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!
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM covers Fullframe FX and smaller.
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM has a street price of $2,098 USD
IN THE BOX:
Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM comes with front & rear lens caps, a padded lens pouch and lens hood. The hood has a locking button and is reversible for transport.
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.
Great Focal Length for Portraits
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.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, you might consider Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art ($1,399) which comes in $700 cheaper. Bear in mind however that Sigma uses a DSLR-tech rotational stepping motor whereas Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM ($2,098) uses TWO separate Dual XD Linear focus actuators that provides faster and more precise AF and extremely responsive Eye AF. Sony GM is sharper, 6.5 oz lighter, half an inch shorter and includes extremely useful features like focus hold buttons and an aperture ring.
Angle of View
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At $2,098 it’s not cheap, but Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever tested. Paired with the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM it makes for a killer portrait combination. This lens gets my highest recommendation for optical quality and autofocus performance.
• G Master series lens is designed to achieve highest resolution and sharpness
• Medium telephoto prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras.
• Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture for working in low light with control of shallow depth of field.
• One XA element for control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other spherical aberrations.
• Two extra-low dispersion elements & one Super ED element reduce chromatic aberrations & color fringing.
• Nano AR Coating has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting.
• Four XD Linear Motors and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet and precise autofocus.
• Two customizable focus hold buttons on the lens barrel.
• Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture for video shooting.
• Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions.
• Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture and fingerprints and is easy to clean.
• Rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus.