I had an inkling that Sony's 135mm f1.8 G Master was going to be good...but I didn't expect it to be even THIS good!!
Roger Cicala, the founder of Lens Rentals and one of the really great guys and minds in the photo industry tested 10 pre production models of this new telephoto lens by Sony and the results, were, well, pretty astonishing.
When Roger speaks I listen.
“This is the sharpest lens we've tested. Period. At last count that's out of 300+ lenses tested."
To see the full report, please go to: https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2019/03/sony-fe-135mm-f1-8-gm-early-mtf-results/
Another thing that I love about the lens, is the fact that it has the mechanical aperture ring as well as the ability to slide a button to turn off the aperture clicks — perfect for video!
The Focus Lock button is another feature that I have grown to love on the GMaster (and G Series) Sony lenses. That button can be remapped for just about anything and I will remap it for Eye AF when shooting stills.
With the addition of this lens, the Sony line up of what I might call the “Still-Cine” lens line up includes: 24 1.4 GMaster, 35 1.4 FE Zeiss, 50mm f1.4 FE Zeiss, 85mm f1.4 GMaster and the 135 1.8 GMaster. (Please note: the 35 1.4 and the 50 1.4 lenses do not have the Focus Lock button on the side).
I call them this because they are superb as still lenses with AF and all and also work astonishingly well in video modes (especially with the newer model cameras). And while they are all focus by wire lenses, they are very well constructed and have a very natural manual focus feel when using (though I use AF for stills and video nearly 99.9% of the time).