Sony AF 35mm F1.4 G A-mount lens review by brian33
|brian33#7171 date: Mar-27-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|price paid:||1300 EUR|
|positive:||very sharp under the right circumstances|
great, unique bokeh
|negative:||lens is soft at wider apertures on distant subjects|
|comment:||OK you guys ready for the final word on the 35G?? ;)|
See the sample images post here to look at the images I'm referring to below:
I feel that a lot of the talk and questioning and soul searching around this lens can be dispelled with a couple important pieces of information concerning its sharpness:
At wide apertures it is both sharp and not sharp. Specifically it is (relatively) sharp at wide apertures when the object you focus on is near. As soon as you move away, that sharpness falls away. So for instance:
f1.7, very close to object in question, very reasonably sharp (and I've since changed my sharpening technique when resizing photos so I could have made this image pop even better)
f2, move away from the the object you focus on and the lens has had it, it's just not sharp (and believe me 100% crop of this image proves it's not a question of the focal plane or anything, this image is sharp nowhere, the focus was spot on the subject)
f7.1 Stopped down and it's razor sharp no matter the distance
f2.8 This is close enough that I could have opened up to f2 and the image would still have been nice and sharp
f3.2 and it looks absolutely lovely at close distances
f4 and slightly farther away it looks fantastic
f2.2 back wider open again and the lens is really problematic: almost impossible, in this iffy light, to get the camera to focus properly on the subject and even when it does, the focus point is quite soft. This shot went through several levels of sharpening.
f3.5, even here, at this distance to the subject the sharpness is not optimal and this image went through several levels of sharpening
f1.4 Sometimes sharpness isn't what you're after and you're just happy to capture the moment [IMG]smileys/smiley1.gif" align="middle[/IMG]
Anyway I hope this range of photos shows what this lens is good at and what it is not so good at: it's very sharp when focusing on close subjects, and needs to be stopped down considerably to be sharp when focusing on subjects far away.
I've always loved its bokeh and that's why I've always enjoyed shooting images with it, but it's got definite limitations. I shoot around them and when shooting street photography, I grab the 50/1.4, never the 35G. But at a party in low light? Always the 35G, never the 50.