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

reviewer#6953 date: Feb-23-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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:Minolta 35/2
Sigma 50/1.4
Minolta 80/1.4
price paid:L675 used
positive:Image quality
comment:I had a Minolta 35/2 original. This is a great lens and I was unsure of whether the 35/1.4 was so much better and therefore worth the money.

I had read that this lens is "soft" at 1.4 and so was worried. All I can say is that as far as my copy is concerned, it is sharp at 1.4. Yes, it gets better as you stop down, then they all do, don't they?

I want to reassure readers that the softness reported isn't a problem and may well be missed focus, subject motion blur or camera shake. I think this lens is comparable to the Minolta 85mm and Sigma 50mm at f1.4.

I have always wanted this lens, now I'm happy.

Update: I have sold this lens and gone back to the 35/2 purely for reasons of size/bulk in my camera bag. I'm not sure this is the best decision I've ever made, but it would be beyond my means to have both lenses.

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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