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

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (57)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
  • Easily interchangeable (30)
  • Nice bokeh (30)
  • Consistent output (28)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Low light (26)
  • Weddings (21)
  • Night photography (17)
  • Video (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (18), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best lens for your A7 if you actually shoot all day.

I don't understand why this lens has anything less than 5 stars from anyone.

Yes, there is vignetting when shot wide open. No, there's no Image Stabilization. Yes, it's...Read complete review

I don't understand why this lens has anything less than 5 stars from anyone.

Yes, there is vignetting when shot wide open. No, there's no Image Stabilization. Yes, it's only f/2.8.

SO WHAT?

This lens is TINY and weighs almost nothing. When attached to a Sony A7ii, you don't need anything faster than f/2.8. The image stabilization allows me to shoot at 1/20 very safely, and I've included a handheld shot below shot at 0.8 seconds!!!!

The only competitor to this lens is the 35/1.4. It costs over double and weighs FIVE times more. Do you want to carry FIVE times the weight all day?

I'm spending 2 years traveling the world and this lens is what is on my camera 99% of the time. It's absolutely stellar.

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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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4.0

Love this lens!

By JoeB

from San Jose, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I really love the portability and form factor of this lens. I bought it along with the A7 riii and it's the ultimate pro travel rig. So portable yet powerful. Great image quality and fast too.

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    5.0

    the lens that can do it all

    By ansel

    from detroit

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      i will always love my Canon L lenses, but this little gem is the most persuasive challenge i have seen to the proverbial caveat that no one lens can do it all. It has become my go walk around lens for street shots, landscape, close-ups and just about anything i have thrown at it. bright spectacular images and you can crop these to your heart's content. i have just taken a cliche shot of my newest nephew at standard distance of about 8 feet and the head of this little guy crops up to filling the frame with a bright and crystal sharp image. Did i mention how small and light it is?

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      4.0

      Sharp and light

      By Bartman

      from San Francisco

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Only a 2.8, but it's one of the smallest, lightest lenses made for the A series full frame. I find it quite sharp, good color.

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      5.0

      Short and Sweet...Light Too!

      By Artichoke

      from Princeton, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

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

      At 4.25 ounces it is barely noticeable on the Sony A7Rii...and it fits comfortably in a jacket pocket when another lens is on the camera.

      Excellent IQ, sharp, sharp, corner-to-corner, and this is confirmed in almost every review by a good reviewer.

      F2.8 might be a concern for some, but not for me, especially considering the size increase that a faster lens would necessitate.

      It is a great companion to the Zeiss 55mm f1.8 and, if it ever arrives, I hope, the 85mm Zeiss Batis.

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      5.0

      Light, Small and very sharp

      By illiniav

      from Tucson, Arizona

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Great walk around lens. No, it's not a zoom so you do have to adjust your shooting position. The characteristics of the lens are easy to learn and take advantage. Some vignetting but photoshop will take care of that. Expensive, but you usually get what you pay for.

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        5.0

        Perfect quality, small, light and sharp

        By otho

        from Warsaw, Poland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Ideal for travel: small, light, almost "invisible" on body.

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        5.0

        Love this lens

        By cbr

        from Concord, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Sharp across the range, tiny and light. If you like this focal length, you'll absolutely love this lens. Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          I really like this lens

          By Mason

          from NYC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

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

            I have been using it to do portraits of folks in public places. The images are great with this lens. It is non-invasive to use when approaching strangers and asking permission to photograph them.

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            4.0

            A perfect match For my Sony A7RII

            By Hankieboy

            from Oakland, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This is lens is small, lightweight and very sharp. It renders colors and skin tone wonderfully.

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              4.0

              Great lens

              By Samir

              from NYC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Video

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

              Not the fastest lens, but compact and sharp from corner to corner. Love zeiss glass, especially with what they're doing with sony lenses.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A tiny contender

              By Lance

              from Colorado

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

              I have never owned a 35mm prime. I've always shot on a 24Lii or something wider. Ever since I bought the a7rii, I decided it was time. I definitely didn't want the zeiss 1.4 because that is just stupid big for an a7r. I then did some research between this lens and the loxia 35mm. I really wanted the loxia, but after reading a couple charts, this lens resolves about the same at most apertures between f/4-11 and has autofocus. So I decided to try this guy, and boy I am not disappointed. It is crazy sharp and resolves plenty for a 42mp sensor. It is a bit contrasty which I'm not used to but it's nice. Yes it vignettes a little but that is what lens profiles are for. It is stupid small and feels hollow. My wallet weighs more than this lens. I feel like I've almost lost the lens cap a couple times because it's insanely small. But those are little things. It is a perfect walk around lens. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.

              One last thing, it has no autofocus / manual focus switch, however you can press and hold the af/mf button on the body and still manual focus. It's not that tedious after doing it a couple times.

              Hope this helps!

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              5.0

              Best Choice for 35mm Prime

              By B Schreibstein

              from Reston VA

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

              The Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 is terrific. After researching the 35mm f/1.8 and the 16-35mm f/4 options, I recommend this lens. It is half the price of the other two lenses and excellent for daylight and sufficient for low light photography with the Sony a7RII.

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              5.0

              Wonderful

              By Fer Vilardebo

              from buenos aires, argentina

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

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

              lovely lens

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              • No

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              (19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best lens for your A7 if you actually shoot all day.

              By Blaise

              from WorldWide!

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I don't understand why this lens has anything less than 5 stars from anyone.

                  Yes, there is vignetting when shot wide open. No, there's no Image Stabilization. Yes, it's only f/2.8.

                  SO WHAT?

                  This lens is TINY and weighs almost nothing. When attached to a Sony A7ii, you don't need anything faster than f/2.8. The image stabilization allows me to shoot at 1/20 very safely, and I've included a handheld shot below shot at 0.8 seconds!!!!

                  The only competitor to this lens is the 35/1.4. It costs over double and weighs FIVE times more. Do you want to carry FIVE times the weight all day?

                  I'm spending 2 years traveling the world and this lens is what is on my camera 99% of the time. It's absolutely stellar.

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                  (5 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  קטנה ואיכותית אך שווה את המאמץ

                  By Gilad Livni

                  from Paran Israel

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

                  עדשה קטנה וקלה. מצויינת לצילומי רחוב. חדות מצויינת. סך השמש מעניין וייחודי וגורם לעדשה להשאר קטנה.
                  אאוטופוקוס מהיר ומדוייק על הסוני A7r2.
                  הבוקר שלה עדין ואיכותי.
                  אני אמליץ עליה לחבריי.
                  גלעד

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                  4.0

                  Great little lens

                  By Tim Younkin

                  from Chesapeake, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Street photography

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

                  Great little light weight lens. Auto tracking of the eye works well on the Sony A7R ii. No noticeable lens distortion.

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                  5.0

                  Great little lens

                  By Tim Younkin

                  from Chesapeake, VA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Street photography

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

                  Love that it's small, light weight, and the auto focus on the eye works with the Sony A7R II. Usually lenses with an adapter to mount on a Sony body won't have some features working like auto focus on the eye. It's a nice feature when shooting people. Not sure if it's worth $ tho but it's quite the small lens that packs a punch. Much more likely to grab this camera/lens combo to go impromptu shooting because it's so small and light weight. Mainly got this lens for street photography.

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                  5.0

                  small and sold

                  By jeff the ok guy

                  from los angeles CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  what a lens! amazing quality and no major color shifts. First non-canon lens in 20 years and i might never go back

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                  (7 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great potential but falls short

                  By Cookie

                  from Mt Kisco NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  The lens is used as an on camera walk around lens. Was expecting super sharp images with this lens. Was generally pleased with the images but the sharpness did not impress me for a full frame camera and lens combo. I achieved a better result with a sigma 35 mm lens on the Sony A6000 with its cropped sensor. The former factor is great and makes using the camera a joy but if you are looking for super sharp images this lens is not the one. If you are invested in the Sony AR 7 or 7r then this lens does not compliment the capability of this camera. I would not recommend it to a friend.

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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

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

                  By Seth

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Street photography
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Love how light the lens is. Great for traveling. I purchased it in addition to the A7ii. Looking forward to playing with it more, but for the several hours I've used the lens it is responsive & great. I would give it 5 stars if you could get the f1.4 for the same cost.

                    5 stars for it's lightweight and responsiveness.
                    4 stars for aperture.

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