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135mm f/1.8 G Master: First Reviews From Around The Web

With a focal length and design that the professionals love, and at the G Master level, the announcement of the new Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens has plenty of photographers talking. We've gathered some of the first reviews across the web for you to see more on what others are saying about this exciting new addition to Sony's rapidly-growing E-mount lens lineup.

Dan And Sally Watson

“There is almost no focus breathing on this lens, which is really unique for non-cinema glass. What that means is you can pull off shots like this where the frame is not shifting and virtually no other lens like this can pull it off and look this clean.”

DP Review

“That’s some serious optical performance combined with autofocus speeds we’ve never seen from such a fast telephoto prime, which is what allowed us to shoot fast action with so many in-focus shots. That’s thanks to not just the new linear induction motors driving the two separate large XA focus groups, but also the new ‘Real-time tracking’ mode on the new a9 with the new 5.0 firmware.”

Read more at dpreview.com.

The Art Of Photography

“This lens was clearly designed to work at large apertures. You get really nice performance without having to stop down too far. I was also impressed with the smaller apertures, as there’s really not a lot of spherical aberration even at f/16 where you’d expect this to start creeping in. It’s pretty much usable throughout the entire range.”

Digital Trends

“From portraits to cinema, Sony’s new 135mm f/1.8 GM lens can do it all.”

Read more at digitaltrends.com.

Jason Vong

“It’s going to be perfect for close-up shots, because again it has the least amount of distortion. This lens has fantastic and quiet auto focus.”

Steve Huff

“This 135mm f/1.8 G Master is a remarkable lens, an astounding lens. It’s sharp, it’s contrasty, it has striking color, there’s no distortion, there’s no vignetting. I couldn’t see anything wrong with the lens. I found zero faults with the lens.”

PhotoRec TV

“For portraits, this lens is amazing. Sony’s claim of corner-to-corner sharpness and 80% contrast in the corners is right on. The corners look great and vignetting isn’t a major issue at f/1.8. Wide open, in my shots, the corners look sharp.”

Imaging Resource

“The Sony 135mm f/1.8 G-Master absolutely feels like a flex. This is Sony showing off. This, the ninth G-master lens, is still somehow setting new standards for what a lens can and should be. Sony argues this lens will beat any available 135mm on the market and before I shot with it, I was dubious. Now? Now I feel like they are less bragging than stating an incontestable truth.”

Read more at imagingresource.com.

Miguel Quiles

“After a few days and about a thousand images taken with this, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that’s it’s going to find a spot in my camera bag. It’s one of the sharpest and fastest focusing prime lenses that I’ve used, and one that really adds that special magic that I want to see in my images.”

Gordon Laing

“Like other recent G Master lenses, it comfortably delivers on its promise of sharp details across the frame, both near and far, with attractive rendering of blurred areas. I was particularly impressed by the detail in the far corners even wide open at f/1.8 and it seemed very well behaved at everything I pointed it at. The bokeh blobs are nice solid shapes with no onion rings or distracting outlining to worry about.”


“Only briefly working with the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, the greatest impression it left behind is how much I want to shoot with it again. A man can get utterly spoiled seeing images come out looking this solid. This is a lens one could develop an entire style and build a career around, if I wanted to dabble a little more in hyperbole. But it's kind of true. After shooting with the 135mm GM I felt inspired by the cinematic look I was getting and now I feel like there's an empty space in my camera bag.”

Read more at fstoppers.com.

The Phoblographer

“Having only spent a few short hours with the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master, we came away quite impressed with how versatile the lens was. In addition to being an excellent portrait lens, it can double duty as a macro lens as well and also did a fine job shooting fast moving sports.”

Read more at thephoblographer.com.


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