Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens vs Zeiss for landscape photography

The Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens was announced today. I saw some reviews of it and it looks like a fabulous lens. I’d still love to see a Sony 100mm f/2.8 G master macro lens because I’m not hugely fond of 90mm macro due to its clutch design and lack of sealing.

I don’t currently have anything longer than 70mm in my kit, but I used to own a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II L lens. 135mm has always been a focal length I liked. I think I prefer it to 85mm; don’t ask me why, there’s just something about it that I like.

Most lenses I buy now, I buy with weight in mind. That doesn’t necessarily mean weight is the deciding factor, for example I don’t have to take a specific lens on a long hike with me. As I currently lack anything longer than 70mm, it would certainly be nice to have a lightweight lens in a longer focal length for hiking.

My heaviest combination so far with Sony has been the Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 lens and the Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens. Those were manageable for me, hiking around 20 miles a day. I think I could throw in a voigtlander 15mm but anymore than that will be a nightmare to deal with. I’m looking to lighten my load if anything, so here’s some potential combinations I’ve thought up…

My Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 & Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G master lens combination is slightly inadequate for me as I find myself wanting a wider lens occasionally. I believe that I could really benefit with the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G master lens. The problem here is that I don’t anything like a Sony 135mm f/1.8 G master lens to fill in the longer length either.

At the moment I cannot afford any of this stuff, except potentially the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 FE Super Wide Heliar lens. So if I do go for a long hike this summer, I’ll probably buy that. Looking into the future though, I’m perhaps more tempted by the Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 than I am the Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens. What about you? That wider aperture would be really nice for evening shots too, but that applies to the Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 batis lens as well.

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2 thoughts on “Sony 135mm f/1.8 G Master lens vs Zeiss for landscape photography”

  1. Hi there.

    I got the 16-35mm f2.8 GM and just got the 85mm f1.4 GM and I have to say I love the combination. I’ve had (and have) lenses that cover the full spectrum between 16-200mm (the holy trinity), but based on my experience and style the current GM combination is my absolute favourite. It’s a bit bigger and heavier than what I set out to have when switching to Sony Mirrorless (A7RIII) but I gladly sacrifice that for all the optical qualities that come with it.

    The 16-35 GM is like having prime glass in each focal length, that’s simply how good it is, and the 85 GM compliments it with great subject isolation and versatile tele capabilities.

    I was thinking of having the 16-35 GM + 55 f1.8 + 135 GM (but never really liked the 55). I feel that the 85 currently replaces the need for both the 55 and the 135 (but who knows, I might opt to get that 135 later).

    I hope my story can give you some perspective on the things you consider in your post, and good luck.

    1. Hey,

      Thank you for the reply! A part of me wishes I bought the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM a long time ago. I bought the Sony a7rII on release, and a lot of lenses available today weren’t available then so I made purchasing decisions based on the information at the time. I really want that lens though, haha. When I have the money, I’m definitely getting it and it’s nice to hear someone’s satisfied with it.

      I can see why people end up with different lenses in the same focal length because for certain hikes, you might want to save more weight and not care about the wide aperture. The Sony 85mm f/1.4 is definitely a nice lens! In your shoes, if I was to get a 135mm, I would probably get the Batis because you already have a wide aperture portrait lens. It’s a good bit lighter than the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM too.

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