Canon vs Nikon vs Sony: The Great 135mm SHOOTOUT!

Are you in the market for a new 135mm lens for your camera but can’t decide on which brand to choose? Look no further because we are here to help you decide between the top three contenders: Canon, Nikon, and Sony. Each of these brands offers a unique set of features and capabilities, making it difficult for photographers to make a choice. In this blog, we will compare the 135mm lenses from Canon, Nikon, and Sony to help you make an informed decision. Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur enthusiast, this shootout will provide you with valuable insights to make the best choice for your photography needs.

Canon vs Nikon vs Sony: The Great 135mm SHOOTOUT!

Welcome back to PetaPixel, it’s Chris Nichols here!

Today we are looking at the top 135mm 1.8 lenses from the big three – Sony, Canon, and Nikon for full-frame cameras. We’re going to do a shootout to compare and contrast these lenses.

Introduction to the 135mm Focal Length

Jordan and I both love the 135mm focal length. These lenses are not only beautiful for portrait work but also fantastic for full-body environmental portraiture. They provide gorgeous compression and are versatile for various photography styles.

Comparison of Lenses

Normally, when we do a shootout between Sony, Canon, and Nikon bodies, you might be considering which brand to go for. However, when we’re comparing lenses, you’re already committed to a specific mount. So, our aim is to compare these lenses against each other to see how they perform against the other manufacturers’ offerings.

These lenses are all recent and are typically used by manufacturers to showcase their optical capabilities. So, this comparison will not only satisfy our curiosity but also help loyalists to their brand make informed decisions.

Similarities and Differences

Firstly, let’s talk about what’s similar about these lenses. They are all rugged, weather-sealed, and feature fast autofocus motors and customizable buttons. The price range for the Sony and Canon lenses is around $2,100, while the Nikon lens is priced at $2,400.

Lens Performance Tests

First, let’s talk about flare. We performed indoor tests shooting the lenses directly into the light source and just outside the frame to compare their performance. The Sony G Master and Nikon Planar performed well, with minimal loss of contrast and ghosting. However, the Canon 135 L Series showed more noticeable flare and ghosting, especially when shooting directly into the light source.

Next, we looked at longitudinal chromatic aberration (LoCA), which refers to color fringing in the foreground and background out-of-focus areas. The Sony G Master showed some LoCA, while the Canon 135 L Series and Nikon Planar exhibited clean results with no color fringing.

Finally, we tested the bokeh of these lenses and found that all three rendered beautiful, soft and smooth out-of-focus areas. However, we also tested their specular highlights and found clean results for the Sony and Nikon lenses, while the Canon lens showed slightly more pronounced specular highlights.

Overall, all three of these lenses performed impressively, with some differences in flare, LoCA, and bokeh rendering.


In conclusion, the Sony GM 135mm f1.8, Canon 135mm f1.8 L Series, and Nikon Planar 135mm f1.8 lenses all have their unique strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your specific needs and shooting style, each of these lenses can be a great choice for portrait and full-body environmental photography. The decision comes down to personal preference and the specific brand ecosystem you are invested in.

While we’ve seen differences in performance during our tests, it’s important to note that all three lenses are top-tier offerings from their respective manufacturers, showcasing the optical capabilities of modern lens technology.

So, which of these lenses is the best choice for you? It ultimately comes down to your individual preferences and shooting requirements. Happy shooting!

FAQ: Canon vs Nikon vs Sony: The Great 135mm SHOOTOUT!

What is the Great 135mm SHOOTOUT?

The Great 135mm SHOOTOUT is a comprehensive comparison of 135mm lenses from Canon, Nikon, and Sony, evaluating their performance and image quality in various shooting conditions.

Why compare Canon, Nikon, and Sony?

Canon, Nikon, and Sony are three of the leading camera manufacturers, and each has a strong presence in the professional photography market. By comparing their 135mm lenses, photographers can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each brand’s offerings.

What factors are considered in the SHOOTOUT?

The SHOOTOUT evaluates factors such as sharpness, bokeh, color rendition, autofocus speed, and build quality to provide a comprehensive overview of each lens’s performance.

Are the results subjective?

While there is a subjective element to any comparison, the SHOOTOUT strives to provide objective evaluations through controlled testing and analysis of images. However, individual preferences and shooting styles may lead to different conclusions for each photographer.

Where can I find the results of the SHOOTOUT?

The results of the SHOOTOUT are typically published on photography websites, forums, and professional photography publications. Keep an eye out for detailed reviews and comparison articles to learn more about the performance of each lens.

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