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

reviewer#9488 date: Oct-11-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:CZJ Flektogon 35mm
Minolta 35-105mm f3.5-4.5
85mm ZA
Minolta 100mm f2.0
price paid:£675 (used)
positive:Lovely 3D rendering
Great bokeh
Great colour
CA when used open
comment:I used this lens for a while before I decided to review it because I was initially a little disappointed especially when compared to my Zeiss 85 IQ - it doesn't have the same microcontrast or uber-sharpness wide open but this is to miss the point of this lens. Apart from obviously having a totally different focal length, it has totally different qualities as a lens. I love the rendering and bokeh and the colours are great. I find it's a great "people lens". It can be used in extremely low light (ISO permitting) with great results. Always in my bag with either the 85mm ZA or the MinO 100mm. It does get cyan fringing wide-open but most ultra-wide aperture lenses suffer from this to some extent. I haven't found flare to be a problem.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania