Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM Unboxing and First Impressions

I'm very excited to do the unboxing the Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM with you and share my first impressions.

According to everything I had read, this is the sharpest lens by Sony yet, and one of the sharpest lenses ever made.

It is a bold claim, that I will thoroughly put to the test.

It’s also one of the very few lenses that can out-resolve the Sony a7R Mark IV sensor, a very high resolution sensor.



The lenses is incredibly very well built and it balances great on the a7R IV, especially when the battery grip is mounted.

I’m growing more and more in love with the aperture ring. It makes shooting more responsive because the camera does not need to close the aperture right before the exposure. 

Another advantage of the aperture ring is that I can judge the Depth of Field from the viewfinder very precisely. It's extremely useful in the field when I'm trying to achieve critical focus.

The draw back of the aperture ring is that can make focusing slower at close apertures since less light is coming in and is available for the on sensor phase detection auto focus elements.

To mitigate the drawback, just set the "Live View Effects" option to off in the menu.

The camera will then open up the aperture to achieve focus and close it again automatically.

The Sony 135mm GM is still extremely fast and very silent when focusing even at very close aperture. It's much improved over my other two non-wide primes, the Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.4 GM.

The is a portrait lens. But I’m a landscape photographer.

I do use telephoto lenses often, though, for my landscape work in two scenarios:

1) when I take intimate landscapes, focusing on details 
2) when I shoot wide panoramas

A typical example of the first scenario is the Endless Falls series, shot between 135mm and 300mm.

 

The second scenario produces one of my favorite kind of images: wide panoramas.

Haleakala is an example.


A lens like the 135mm GM that is extremely sharp corner to corner helps a lot when stitching several frames together to produce a very high resolution panorama. The amount of details in the final image is outstanding.

Panoramas is my main use case for the 135mm GM and the main reason why I bought one.

I'm looking forward to testing it in the field soon.

You will be there with me.

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