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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Double-Sided Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Linear Autofocus Motor; Internal Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8"
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 35mm f/2.8 overview

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Sony has managed to squeeze exceptional quality into the extraordinarily compact Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens, making it a near perfect match for full-frame E-mount cameras. It benefits greatly from Zeiss's optical technology, as it utilizes a Sonnar design with three double-sided aspherical to provide the relatively fast f/2.8 aperture with minimal aberrations. The lens is also equipped with Zeiss' T* anti-reflective coating to effectively eliminate flare and ghosting. Taking things up a notch is the linear autofocus motor and internal focusing design, resulting in fast, quiet, and responsive performance in stills and video as well providing a minimum focus distance of 13.8". On top of all this, the lens uses a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh and has a dust- and moisture-resistant construction that ensure it will keep functioning in less-than-ideal weather conditions.

Based on the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with seven elements in five groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/2.8 while simultaneously reducing flare and improving contrast.
A wide-angle prime designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, this 35mm lens will provide a excellent perspective for street photography, environmental portraits, and general-purpose shooting. It can also be used on APS-C format cameras where it will provide an equivalent focal length of 52.5mm.
The f/2.8 maximum aperture allows users to create images with shallow depth of field and work in low-light conditions with relative ease.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
Three double-sided aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
A linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Included with the lens is a dedicated cap-style lens hood that is extremely compact and prevents flare. It also features its own 40.5mm filter thread in addition to the 49mm thread located on the lens.
UPC: 002724286814
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Sony 35mm f/2.8 specs

Focal Length 35mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 62°
Minimum Focus Distance 13.78" / 35 cm
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.3
Optical Design 7 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Front: 40.5 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.42 x 1.44" / 61.5 x 36.5 mm
Weight 4.23 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 3.5 x 3.5"

Sony 35mm f/2.8 reviews

Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 113.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2015-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5-Star 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.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a great purchase Yes, the others are right when they say this lens is sharp. I also agree that its small size and light weight make it a great match for the Sony A7 (which is what I use). I also find that the colors in the images I take with this lens are almost exactly like what I remember from the scene--hardly any color correcting is needed. And for me, the lens is also very versatile--normally I am out in nature taking pictures of flowers, but I took it to an air show a few weekends back and got some great shots with it there, too. P.S.--Yes, I know the lens hood seems a little strange but it doesn't bother me at all. It seems to work great.
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-have kit 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.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT FOR WHAT IT GIVES There are various reports on colour shift that you basically can't really see unless you spend your life looking for that sort of thing as opposed to making photographs. My experience with the lens so far is that it checks all the boxes for it's intended purpose. It's small, light, sharp, optically impressive, good AF, reasonably well built and a perfect fit for both cameras. I love what Sony are doing across their whole line, the choices they're making and the execution. I'm a Leica user and have a vast collection of Leica glass including their most impressive glass to date. SO you could say I have quite a discerning eye. That said I am so impressed with what I'm seeing from these cameras and lenses.
Date published: 2013-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Keeper I purchased this lens after receiving a defective Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens (out of focus on the right edge). The Sonnar T* 35mm f/2.8 ZA is a real pleasure to mount on the Sony a7rII. It is exceptionally light and seems like a perfect match for the camera. The mount fit is appropriately snug. Image sharpness is stellar from f/2.8 and up. Autofocus is nearly silent and very accurate. Unfortunately it doesn't have an external manual/auto focus switch which is not a deal breaker but would be handy. The max aperture of f/2.8 is what initially kept me from purchasing the lens but honestly, paired with the a7rII it's fast enough and its light weight and sharpness make up for any reservations I might have had.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful IQ, compact. 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.
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp and Compact Lens This is a nice 35 mm prime complement to the Sony a7 or a7r system. It produces sharp images with a modest amount of bokeh at wider apertures. It is very lightweight and compact in size and will not weight down the mirror less unit; judging by Sony's choice to keep the largest aperture at a modest f 2.8. Yes its pricey for a 35 mm prime but you will not be disappointed on image quality - Wonderful for cityscapes, landscapes, group portraits etc. Sony states also that this lens is weather-sealed. A shame however that it lacks OSS (although this may also factor into the weight).
Date published: 2013-12-27
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