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SonySonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
 
4.6

(based on 49 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (41)
  • Easily interchangeable (24)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Nice bokeh (20)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Low light (18)
  • Weddings (15)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Video (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (11), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

 

Too much vignetting, too pricey

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...Read complete review

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

Street Photography Perfection

By THECAM3RAGUY

from Sugar Land, Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I use this for walking around with to capture the day to day life.

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    5.0

    Very sharp at almost every stop

    By Mikeybrain

    from New York, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

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

      This was the first lens I purchased for my Sony A7ii and I have not regretted it. It is sharp as a pin at almost every stop, showing a little bloom at it's smallest aperture. Easily one of the best lenses in my, admittedly non-pro, collection.

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      5.0

      Sharp Prime

      By Mindlessbuttonmasher

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 3-d Pop
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Renders Beautifully
      • Small
      • Super sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Documentary Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Street photography

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

        I sold my Leica 35mm Summarit to fund this as I wanted the auto focus and the electronic contacts. I truly loved my Leica lens keep in mind. Before I did though, I rented one from Lens Rentals to thoroughly test. That is when I knew for certain that it was the right lens, and every bit as good as all the reviews stated earning it 5 stars. I shoot for a living and have used and owned many lenses over the years, and I can honestly state that this is among the sharpest.

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        5.0

        sony/zeiss 35mm f/2.8

        By seamonkey

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          The lens is excellent. I use the lens with the A7II. It's very compact and the hood is really nice. It really protects the lens while minimizing the extension from the lens.

          Being of Zeiss construction, it feels very well made. The focus ring has a nice stiffness to it.

          No complaints whatsoever.

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          5.0

          Sharp and fast

          By Scott

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            This lens is tiny, sharp and fast. It's the perfect addition to a Sony A7 body.

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            5.0

            Sharp and fast

            By Moth

            from NYC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Beautiful lens, perfect for use with the sony a7

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                2.0

                Too much vignetting, too pricey

                By Marcelo

                from Recife, Brazil

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                  Verified Buyer

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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

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

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                          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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                                      4.0

                                      Great for APS-C

                                      By AV Dezign

                                      from Montreal

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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