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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 43 reviews)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (35)
    • Easily interchangeable (21)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
    • Consistent output (17)
    • Nice bokeh (16)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (7)
    • Slow focus (4)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (30)
    • Low light (15)
    • Weddings (12)
    • Night photography (10)
    • Video (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (6)
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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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    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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    2.0

    Too much vignetting, too pricey

    By Marcelo

    from Recife, Brazil

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Small

    Cons

    • Too Much Vignetting

    Best Uses

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

      The only real advantage of this lens is its size and weight. Very portable and lightweight and this, together with its 35mm focal lenght, would make it a great default lens to keep on the camera almost always (or so I thought).However, the images it produces suffer from heavy vignetting at most apertures. The greater the aperture, the worse the vignetting. It is really horrible when used at f/2.8.Other features like autofocus and sharpness are just average, not bad but also not exceptional. No image stabilization.At this price range, I would expect a much better product.

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      5.0

      Great lens for the A7

      By The freak

      from California

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Cons

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

            I got this lens for a sony A7. Great lens. Sharp and all the rest. Also allows for autofocus during video which is a plus. The autofocus is a little slow but for slow motion shots it works well.

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            3.0

            Not as Good as 55mm

            By Digital Dawg

            from Chicago, IL

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            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:

            I already have the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens, and have been using it for a year. For some reason I thought I wanted (not needed) another prime lens, so I bought the 35mm.

            I thought this lens was a bit slow, even at 2.8. The pictures were sharp in the center, but had a little vignetting in the corners.

            It was silly of me to buy a lens that was so close in size to the 55mm. I returned it, and I am contemplating getting a zoom lens like the 70-200mm.

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            5.0

            Super lens, sharp and compact

            By Ram in Delhi

            from New Delhi, India

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lens Cap Fit Is Clumsy

            Best Uses

            • Street photography
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I bought this Sony Zeiss lens to use on my Sony A7R. I had been using my Canon lenses on this with an adapter. The lens makes a huge difference - it is very compact and light, focuses very fast and is extremely sharp. I can recommend this heartily to anyone who likes fixed focal length lenses.

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            4.0

            great, versatile lens!

            By mountaindinosaur

            from colorado

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Expensive
            • Vignetting

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

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

            this is a great lens. ive used it primarily as a walk around and landscape lens, though ive also gotten some nice portraits and close ups with it. i have found the colors to be remarkable. it is very sharp, small and light on my a7r. weather seal seems to be good, great construction.while it could be a bit faster, and vignetting is a bit of a problem, zeiss quality cant be beat!

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            5.0

            Nice Walk-Around Lens

            By Jack

            from Placentia, CA

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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

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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

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              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

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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

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                        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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                          4.0

                          Great for APS-C

                          By AV Dezign

                          from Montreal

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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

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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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