Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM E-mount lens review by onsplekkie

reviewer#45811 date: Jan-5-2022
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
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:2/35 Sigma contemporary
1.4/35 Sony Zeiss ZA
2/35mm Zeiss Loxia FE
2.8/35mm Sony FE
1.8/35 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:1200eu second hand
positive:Many things. Outstanding are:
- Sharpness wide open (even into the corners!)
- Autofocus
- build quality + size/weight for a modern AF f/1.4 lens
- flare resistance
negative:Non really. If I have to be picky:
- large sunhood
- colours / contrast are somewhat strong, should be 4,5 star in my opnion
- sunstars only availible from f/13 and smaller
comment:From all other AF lenses I've used this one is by far the best for sharpness, speed, handeling and build.
I like the rendering (very personal) this lens produces; smooth, but with some grain. Modern with a hint of vintage.
As mentioned, colours & contrast can be in need of some post-processing to get them down a little.
Weight & size on recent A7-bodies is very well balanced and easy to carry for daily shooting.

If you're looking for the best one lens solution 35mm prime for e-mount, and money is not of biggest concern, this lens should be high on your list.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.67
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.93 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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