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

reviewer#7659 date: Jul-4-2010
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 own this lens
compared to:Min 35mm f2.0
Sony 50mm f1.4
Min 85mm f1.4
ZA 135m f1.8 Sonnar T*
price paid:$741 USD
positive:Tonality, painterly, color, sharpness and misleading contrast
negative:Price & CA wide open [fixable in post]
comment:This lens has such shallow DOF that it is easy to miss the target, which leads one to believe it is not sharp wide open. I may have gotten lucky here? It is not as contrasty or sharp as the 35f2. It presents very similar in color and contrast to the Sony 50f1.4 and Minolta 85f1.4 [original].

This is a most excellent portrait lens! It compares quite well to the Sony 50f1.4 and the Minolta 85f1.4. These three are the Magic Trinity! If you want lush supple yet powerful portraits these three will deliver! On the other hand I would use the 35f2 with the Minolta 100 f2 as they present more closely than would the 35G and 100f2 would in terms of color, sharpness and contrast.

This lens is not for everyone. If you like people pictures with lush colorful bokeh backgrounds then this is what you are looking for and I highly recommend it.

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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