Sony Carl Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZA FE Distagon T* E-mount lens review by onsplekkie

reviewer#45613 date: Nov-22-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:2/35mm Zeiss Loxia FE
2.8/35mm Sony FE
1.7/35mm Voigtlander Ultron VM
1.4/35mm Samyang UMC
1.4/35mm Nikon Ais
1.4/35mm Contax Zeiss
a few other vintage 35mm lenses
price paid:800euro (used)
positive:Character of the images taken with this lens are special.
Sharp wide open with nice bokeh. Few clicks on the aperture ring and plenty sharp into the corners.
Used with Eye-AF this lens feels like cheating while taking potraits wide open.
negative:Nothing realy. Well, maybe it could have been better corrected for colour fringing & distortion for such a pricey lens.
comment:Simply the best IQ from a native 35mm Sony I've used.
I find it a bit big and heavy on the older models (A7s), but on the A7iii it feels just right. For me it thicks all the boxes; sharp wide open, colours, bokeh, quick AF & a aperture ring.
Yes, wide open to F/4 it can give colour fringing, but nothing a bit of post-process can not take care of.

A lens I wanted for some (long) time. 35mm being my fav focal lenght I've searched for the 'right' lens. The distagon was out of my reach financialy, recently found one used for a decent price, jumped on it, and never looked back.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.90 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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