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

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (60)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)
  • Nice bokeh (32)
  • Consistent output (30)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Low light (27)
  • Weddings (22)
  • Night photography (18)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (26), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (61)

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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5.0

5-Star Lens

By CL

from Palm Beach, Fla.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Super Sharp
  • Tiny

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This is a 5-star lens all the way. Don't listen to the arm-chair photographers who would rather peek at graphs and charts and view images at 100% on a computer monitor. I've used many 35mm focal length lenses in my photography career, and this lens is up there with offerings from Leica and bests some of the other big names--especially when paired with the Sony sensor. It's stunningly sharp, tiny, light, well made and a sheer pleasure to use on the smaller a6000/a6300 and the lighter (original a7/a7s/a7r) bodies, and even the a7II-series bodies. f2.8 is plenty fast for any sony sensor and renders beautiful out-of-focus areas even at f5.6. I recommend it without hesitation even for the steep asking price.

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      4.0

      great lightweight lens

      By KT

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

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

        I use this for video mostly with Sony A7Rii. Especially good when using a gimble because of its lightweight. I have the Distagon for still photography which is a superior lens but much much heavier and the two lenses end up serving different purposes for me.

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        5.0

        Best 35mm lens ever

        By enazarov

        from NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          one of my favorite lens very sharp works perfect even on f2.8. I am a Leica user and this lens are better by quality and much better price. Highly recommend this lens

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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

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              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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              • No

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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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                • No

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                5.0

                Love this lens

                By cbr

                from Concord, MA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                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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                      • No

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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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                      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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                      (23 of 28 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 32 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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