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

reviewer#39930 date: Sep-6-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 28 mm f/2
Sony 50 mm f/1.4
Minolta 50 mm f/1.4
price paid:€464 (used, EBAY)
positive:Color - The rendition is beyond beautiful! Magical! Superb contrast and saturation, wow!

Bokeh - Absolutely stunning, a dream lens for artistic and dream-like creaminess. I can't praise this enough!

Sharpness - Creates very sharp pictures on my A99 II at 42 MP

Size/weight - Quite compact and easy to carry

Versatility - Incredible walk-around-lens for street photography and almost anything and everything.

Smooth manual focusing

Quick auto focus
negative:The build quality is a bit of a letdown for me, considering the price. The rubber on the bottom side of the lens is about to come off (bad glue?) which seems like a very common issue.
comment:Very usable at f/1.4 but noticeably sharper from f/2, but the bokeh and artistic possibilities you get at f/1.4 are absolutely stunning. Not really usable for portraits in my opinion because of the focal length and distortion, where the 50 mm f/1.4 really shines. Many many leagues better than my Minolta 28 mm f/2 which I never use anymore.

I would never ever pay full price for this lens new, but it's easily worth at least ~500-600 Euros (600-700 USD).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 50
  • sharpness: 4.57
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 4.74
  • flare control: 4.72
  • overall: 4.77 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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