In February, I began my first-impressions review of the Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM by saying it was "the sharpest lens I've ever used." And according to bench testing over at Lensrentals by optics guru Roger Cicala, it now turns out my own impression was spot on.
Today, Cicala, founder of Lensrentals, published his early findings after performing MTF bench tests on 10 copies of the soon-to-be-released Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM. The results? It's "the sharpest lens we’ve tested" said Cicala of the over 300 MTF bench tests they have performed. In the Lensrentals report, direct comparisons are also documented against the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art and the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8. Be sure to head over to the Lensrentals blog to see all the MTF charts from their various testing and get the full scoop on what they found.
The FE 135mm f/1.8 G Master is the 31st full-frame mirrorless lens from Sony and features an "extreme aspherical" element for cleaner bokeh, four XD linear autofocus motors, and weighs just 2.09 pounds. It's priced at $1,898 and is available to preorder now. Shipments will begin on April 30. Stay tuned for my full review of this lens coming in mid April.