Sony AF 35mm F1.4 G A-mount lens review by nitrosyl

reviewer#10120 date: Apr-15-2012
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Sony Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM T*
price paid:
positive:- well built
- quite sharp once stopped down to f/2.8-4
negative:- not so sharp at f/1.4-2
- vignetting at large apertures
- lateral and axial CA
comment:dated design, but still capable of delivering excellent results once stopped down to f/2.8-4. the problem, however, is that my 24-70/2.8 ZA offers comparable performance at 35mm and same apertures.

i do see the use of this lens at f/1.4-2 for low light, environment portraits, though its dated design does reveal itself in these situations (i.e. not so sharp, less contrasty, lateral and axial CAs).

all in all, an updated version would be welcome.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 49
  • sharpness: 4.57
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.76
  • flare control: 4.73
  • overall: 4.77 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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