Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA Wide Aperture Telephoto Lens


Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA Wide Aperture Telephoto Lens

Whether you need a large aperture to shoot in low light, a suitable sutter speeds for shooting action or creative control of background defocusing, the 135mm lens will reward you with stunning resolution and contrast where it counts. In addition to portraits and landscapes, this focal length is a good choice for indoor sports. Featuring Carl Zeiss T* coating and built-in image stabilization, this lens will make it easier than ever to capture crisp images.
Sonnar T* 135mm F1.8 ZA Wide Aperture Telephoto Lens

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This 'bokeh' effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass

As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss® - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.

Focus hold button

Once you've adjusted focus to where you want it, pressing this button on the lens barrel will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. The preview function can also be assigned to this button through the camera's custom settings.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you're using a polarizing filter.

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Lens Type Telephoto Wide aperture
Lens Mount Type Sony A-mount
Aperture (Max.) f/1.8
Aperture (Min.) f/22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) APS: 202.5mm (Equivalent: 135mm)
Filter Diameter 77mm
Lens Groups-Elements 8 groups, 11 elements
Minimum Focus Distance 2’ 5” (72cm)
Aperture Blade 9 blades (Circular aperture)
Aspheric Elements no aspheric
Depth-of-Field Yes
Distance Encoder Yes
Distance Scale Yes
Lens Weight 2 lbs 3 oz (985g)
Non-rotating Focusing Ring Yes
Focus-hold Button Yes
Magnification x 0.25
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) 3 1/2 x 4 5/8” (88.5 x 115mm)
Weight (Approx.) 2 lbs 3 oz (985g)

  • Front and rear lens cap
  • ALC-SH0003 Solid circular lens hood