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Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens

You Pay: $798.00
Product Highlights
  • Sony E Mount Full-Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Double-Sided Aspherical Elements
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Internal Focusing Mechanism
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is a prime, wide-angle lens that features a fast, bright f/2.8 maximum aperture to support enhanced low-light performance and greater control over focus for shallow depth of field and selective focus imagery. Three double-sided aspherical elements, totaling six aspherical surfaces, work to minimize spherical aberrations and contribute to notable image sharpness. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.

An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens size during focusing and aids in faster, more responsive performance. Additionally, a dust- and moisture-resistant construction ensures this lens' use in tough environmental conditions.

This prime wide-angle lens features a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture to benefit working in low-light conditions and for greater control over the plane of focus.
Three double-sided aspherical elements, for a total of six aspherical surfaces, help to reduce spherical aberrations while also contributing to high image sharpness and clarity.
Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating lessens lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich imagery with sustained color neutrality.
An internal focusing mechanism maintains the overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance.
Dust- and moisture-resistant design enables ensured performance when working in inclement environmental conditions.
Seven-blade circular diaphragm enables a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 52.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 63.4°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.15' (35 cm)
Magnification 0.12x
Elements/Groups 7/5
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.42 x 1.44" (61.5 x 36.5 mm)
Weight 4.23 oz (120 g)
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH129 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonySonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 39 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (31)
    • Easily interchangeable (19)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (17)
    • Consistent output (16)
    • Nice bokeh (16)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (6)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Low light (15)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Night photography (10)
    • Video (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent quality in a small package

    My actual rating is around 4.5 and is based on my use with the Sony a7r.

    I like the overall image rendering of the lens. It's sharp but mostly smooth at...Read complete review

    My actual rating is around 4.5 and is based on my use with the Sony a7r.

    I like the overall image rendering of the lens. It's sharp but mostly smooth at the same time, with excellent contrast.

    The bokeh is variable as with most lenses, and is usually good wide open, although less so when stopped down greatly (aperture doesn't look perfectly round at f8 for one thing).

    Compared to the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 (at 2.8 to 11) with the Nikon D800E I used to have, I find that the Sigma might be very slightly sharper, but I prefer the overall rendering of the Sony/Sonnar combination.

    With the Sony as compared to the Nikon/Sigma, I appreciate carrying around an outfit that provides roughly equivalent image quality for much less weight and bulk (and the difference in lens weight and size is a big part of that)

    You can use a single 49mm filter on the lens and the hood will still bayonet to the lens just fine.

    The autofocusing seems quiet, consistent and accurate, and I haven't noticed any focus shift with aperture changes. I've found that manual focus is easy use - it's easy to get precise focus, unlike manual focus with the Sigma 35 and Nikon combo (even using live view with a loupe).

    I did confirm that in extreme conditions of non-practical image processing you can see some variable bullseye pattern color shading in large areas of smooth tones (like sky, or a gray card). Take a photo of a clear blue sky or fill the frame with a gray card, then process the raw image by upping contrast and saturation to the max and you'll see it. Maybe it's because of the sensor and has nothing to do with the lens per se, or maybe it's an interaction between the two. In any case I haven't seen it with normal photos, so it's not an issue for me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A little disappointing for a Zeiss lens

    Light lens with super fast focus. For a Zeiss lens I was expecting something of better quality-it feels a bit like cheap plastic. In low light, the tonality isn't very smooth-it's slightly choppy....Read complete review

    Light lens with super fast focus. For a Zeiss lens I was expecting something of better quality-it feels a bit like cheap plastic. In low light, the tonality isn't very smooth-it's slightly choppy. I've even noticed a bit of magenta banding. This lens also has a lot of vignetting.

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    5.0

    Nice Walk-Around Lens

    By Jack

    from Placentia, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Street

      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

      Small & compact, great walk-around lens.

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      5.0

      Must-have kit lens

      By Aaron

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

      I am mostly a videographer, but I do take my a7s with me on vacations for photos, and this (35MM) lens is the one that is always attached because of a few things:
      1. It is small and light
      2. It is 35mm, the perfect focal length on a FF sensor for on-the-go shooting
      3. Autofocus is SUPER FAST
      4. It is very sharp for such a small lens, and because of the zeiss glass the colors pop.

      Cons:
      1. It only stops down to f/2.8, but again this is to keep the lens small, and on a a7/r/s the low light performance is great so you don't really need to stop down to f/1.4

      If you are planning on stepping up to a sony a7/r/s I would definitely recommend you consider this lens as your first. It's the perfect combination of sharpness, image quality, and size.

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      4.0

      Great Street Lens

      By ALTnyc

      from new york

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

      I used this lens when I traveled through Europe. It's light weight provided a positive experience while having the camera strapped 24/7. I wish it could focus moving subjects faster and was a bit more reasonable no the price.

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      5.0

      Thanks Sony

      By vh

      from Philadelphia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

          Sharp

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          5.0

          Zeiss FE 35 mm f/2.8 for Sony

          By Eye Guy

          from Oakland, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

            I have this lens on my A7 at least 50% of the time. Otherwise I have the FE 28-70 f/4.0 lens on the camera. This Zeiss 35 mm is lightweight and small, and with the A7 makes a nice walk-around combination. This lens is sharp, the colors and contrast are great, and the focus is quick and accurate. This has become one of my all-time favorite lenses, ranking up there with my Canon EF 200 mm f/2.8 L II and my old Canon FD 50 mm f/1.4. I highly recommend it.

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            4.0

            Go to lens for my A7r

            By Alex

            from Northwest USA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                This is a great, snappy little beast. Images are sharp, out of focus transition is very pleasing, and focus speed is good on my A7r. I bought my A7r to use with manual focus Leica M mount lenses, but wanted an AF option. Since I got this lens, it is the primary lens that resides on the camera and I only put MF glass on it when I'm looking for something faster than f2.8 or a 50mm focal length. My only gripe is the price. Seems like a lot for an f2.8 lens, but I have no regrets.

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                4.0

                35mm sonnar T*

                By atKC

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                With this lens, I was able to shoot hi-quality photos. The detail is fine and crisp—if you can capture the subject in a slow motion setting. Isn't the best paired with the a7/R because of it's lack of speed to focus fast subjects. However, it'll suffice for portraits or environmental scenes. I find the lens to be a bit overpriced as well.

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                5.0

                Beautiful IQ, compact.

                By John the Production Guy

                from Wasington, DC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                  I love this lens. Thought the lack of aperture ring would bother me, but it doesn't. The way the lens interacts with the a7R to do (optional) automatic focus assist in MF mode is really great. Amazing how much that contributes to the quality of what I've been shooting.

                  I assume the problem is in the camera, but the AF on the a7R isn't stellar. I have seen no evidence that continuous AF mode actually tracks anything. I have also seen the camera blow lots of shots where the face detect should have been a piece of cake. Lovely crisp focus on my daughter's hands - and they're cute too, but it's her face I'd like in focus. As I say, I assume that's a camera issue, not a lens issue.

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                  1.0

                  Bad Copy of Lens straight out of the box

                  By Frank Rizzo

                  from New Jersey

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                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                  Unboxed this brand new lens, attached it to the Sony A7 and the lens would not function. Spoke to Sony who said it was an issue with the lens and that I had to mail it to their repair center. Did some research and they appear to have some quality control issues with this lens.

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                  4.0

                  Great for APS-C

                  By AV Dezign

                  from Montreal

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portrait

                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                  I've heard some sharpness is lost in the corners and there is some vignetting occuring, but on an NEX (cropped 1.52x APS-C sensor) none of these troubles exist, you end up using the sharpest part of the lens with great results. I'm very happy with my purchase and this lens has now replaced my pancake as my pockatable lens and cameras combo.Here is a simple shot taken with this lens

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                  5.0

                  Excellent lens

                  By tomng

                  from Chantilly, VA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                    I brought this lens along with A7R. The combination produced pictures with great details and clarity. Even though it is only at F 2.8, but it is very fast lens.

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                    4.0

                    A good match for A7 with a few drawbacks

                    By DR. JS

                    from Princeton, NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                    Gees. This is a tough one. First the good, the lens is very well made, very light and diminutive. It is a perfect match for the A7 and makes combo feel like a very reasonably sized range finder. It is made with a mixture of engineering plastic and composite and has a feel of quality craftsmanship. The focus is silent, quick and accurate. The image is saturated and very sharp in the center. It has the characteristic Zeiss pop. It is not all good news, there are a few puzzling aspects of this lens left me scratching my head. First of all, the lens is very slow with a maximum aperture of F/2.8. The integrated RX1 lens is F/2.0 with the same Sonnar design. I am sure there are reasons why the same design can't be directly used. Still, for $[$]US, you should at least get a 2.0 if not a 1.8. Also, the corner sharpness of this lens is good but not stellar and some vignette never leaves the frame. The lens hood is also somewhat of an enigma, it is installed backwards onto the lens which I am not a fan of.Even with these said, SONY/Zeiss 35/2.8 FE is an excellent match to the A7 (A7R) and is highly recommended as the first foray into A7.

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                    4.0

                    Very nice

                    By akh

                    from Bethlehem PA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                      Very happy with this lens and will buy other focal lengths when they come out. The lens shade is two pieces of plastic glued together and after less than a month of use the two pieces fell apart in the camera bag. Not at all the quality one would expect.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Fletcher

                      from Denver, Colorado

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                        Super sharp great for landscapes.

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                        4.0

                        Ok

                        By JP

                        from So Cal

                        Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                        It's ok

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                        5.0

                        So compact yet so sharp

                        By Boyd

                        from San Jose, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                          Light, sharp, small need I say more? Love it, and, it is made in Japan. Take that, Olympus!!!

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                          5.0

                          Nice lens

                          By Nikolas

                          from Cliffside Park NJ

                          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                          I just bought my Sony A7 and I ordered it with kit lens I think it was mistake even though when buying body plus kit lens you getting the discount on lens about $ still I would spend all this extra for this lens just for beginning and then spend another g for 24-70 Zeiss f4 so basically In my opinion just buy sony a7 and this lens first Because it really worth it It sharp very contrastsy almost no distortion af works quicker than on kit lens

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                          5.0

                          Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA

                          By ifotoguy

                          from Santa Cruz CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                              I started with a 35mm asph Leica Summicron. The color fringing was awful so for @2K used I decided to send it back. Bought this lens and learned what has been said. The best option in lenses is the ones designed for the camera you own. I own a Sony A7R and use a 50mm Summicron and am considering selling it for the Zeiss 55mm made for my camera. They are light and function as they should. These lenses are better for your A7 or A7R than anything else you might put on your camera.

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                              5.0

                              Great all-around lens!

                              By Geoff

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                              Super lightweight, great for street photography/landscapes/cityscapes/anything. Wish it was a little wider, but it makes up for it in portability and quality!

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                              3.0

                              Ok 35mm

                              By ralphotog

                              from Los Angeles

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens:

                              It's expensive and one of only 3 native full frame lenses available at the moment. The autofocus is average and horrible in lowlight compared similar lenses of other systems. The IQ is good but better to use an adapted lens, even manual focus if you're capable. Save some money and get better image quality with an adapted lens.

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