Earlier today Sony introduced two new products – a telephoto portrait lens from the G Master series – the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM and a BT wireless remote that works with the recent Sony cameras. Sony held an event in NY and ordered several photographers and bloggers to test the new lens and the videos here have all been done with the lenses at the event.
The new Sony 135mm F1.8 GM is an impressive feat of engineering with many interesting features. It has 13 Elements in 10 groups (including an XA element, Super ED and ED elements), no less than 11 rounded aperture blades and both nano and Fluorine coatings.
Even more interestingly it has 4 linear motors which Sony claims turn the lens into a super fast AF lens (possibly the fastest in its class), De-click switch two programmable buttons and AF/MF switch as well as a focus limiter.
Talking about focus, this lens can focus fairly closely (compared to other fast 135mm primes), it has a min focusing distance of 70cm/2.3 feet and a max magnification ratio of 1:4 which is rare for a lens of this type.
The lens isn’t small or lightweight (2.09 lb/950 grams), about 1/3 more than the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 but about 200 grams less than the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 (Sony FE version). The lens is also dust and moisture-resistant.
Here is a list of the main specs of the lens:
- 13mm f/1.8 lens with full-frame coverage.
- 13 Elements in 10 groups including XA Element, Super ED and ED Elements.
- Nano AR and fluorine coatings.
- XD Linear Motor AF System (including 2 front and two back motors).
- AF/MF Switch and focus limiter switch.
- Two programmable buttons.
- De-click Switch.
- Dust and moisture resistant.
- Aperture: Rounded 11-blade diaphragm.
- Price: $1900, available in late April 2019.
Jason Vong’s look at the Sony 135mm F1.8 GM