A 135mm lens is a popular alternative focal length to the classic 85mm when it comes to portraits. Sony’s 135mm f/1.8 looks like one of the best of the bunch, and this excellent video review takes a look at the kind of performance you can expect from it in practice.
- One XA element for reduced spherical aberrations, astigmatism, and coma
- Two extra-low dispersion elements for reduced chromatic aberrations and increased clarity
- Nano AR Coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast
- XD Linear Motor system for quick and quiet autofocus performance
- Declickable aperture for video work
- Dust- and moisture-sealed design
- Fluorine coating for resistance to dust and fingertips
- Rounded 11-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh
Of course, as fantastic a performer as the 135mm f/1.8 GM is, the one major drawback is its hefty price, which sits above $2,000. It is worth also checking out the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art, which offers similarly good performance, but at the more affordable price of $1,399. Still, the Sony does offer a few advantages over the Sigma; check out the video above for Frost’s full thoughts on the lens.