Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM review

The Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM is a prime candidate for close-up portraits

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The upsized sibling to the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master, this 135mm lens delivers similarly superb all-round performance and gorgeous bokeh. Build quality is rock-solid and handling is sublime, although it’s a weighty proposition at just under a kilogram. The tough decision is which focal length you find more appealing, the 135mm working better for tight head-and-shoulders portraiture.


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    Sharp but with smooth bokeh

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    High-end handling

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    Top-class build quality


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    Heavy at 950g

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    Weighty price tag

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    No optical stabilization

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The Sony FE 135mm f1.8 GM is typical of Sony’s G Master lenses, which have earned a solid reputation for overall performance and image quality in general, and for beautiful bokeh in particular. While the FE 85mm f/1.4 G Master will be seen as the most ideal portrait lens by many, the 135mm gets you closer while maintaining a natural shooting distance, thus working really well for close-up portraits, and any other shooting scenario that calls for impeccable image quality at this focal length.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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