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

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Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Double-Sided Aspherical Elements
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
Sony has managed to squeeze exceptional quality into the extraordinarily compact Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens, making it an ideal partner for travel, street, and landscape applications, which prioritize both image quality and portability.
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Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2The Compact Wide-Angle Prime
  • 3ZEISS Optics
  • 4Autofocus and Handling
By B&H Photo's
The Compact Wide-Angle Prime
Sony has managed to squeeze exceptional quality into the extraordinarily compact Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens, making it an ideal partner for travel, street, and landscape applications, which prioritize both image quality and portability.
ZEISS Optics
  • 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.
  • Three double-sided aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
  • 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.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Autofocus and Handling
  • 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.
  • Modest f/2.8 maximum aperture helps achieve the sleek and lightweight design that is ideal for travel, measuring about 1.5" long and weighing just 4.2 oz.
  • 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.

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

Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance
13.78" / 35 cm
Maximum Magnification
Optical Design
7 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7, Rounded
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Filter Size
40.5 mm (via Hood)
49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.42 x 1.44" / 61.47 x 36.58 mm
4.23 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.52 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.9 x 4.1 x 3.5"

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

Small, lightweight lens with crystal sharp performance

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

All I needed was a small body (Sony Alpha) and a small lens - this fix - to have a travel camera for everyday use. Performance is amazing. Small cap is a little funky, but I learned to appreciate it - with a smaller opening, I actually don't put a cap on most of the time and don't have to worry about dirt or finger smudges getting on it.

Great lens, but.....

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-28

I just purchased this to replace the same lens that I purchased in 2015. Mounted on a Sony a7rii it makes for a great combination. The lens is very sharp, even at f2.8. It focuses quickly. Great for street photography. Mounted on a Sony a6000 it makes for a standard lens with lightning quick focusing and since it is cropped, everything is sharp corner to corner. But, after six plus years I took it out for an important family event and the lens focusing motor began making noises and it had intermittent focusing issues, although the manual focusing function still worked. Since I loved the results from this lens I purchased a replacement, almost cheaper than repairing the lens. Since modern lenses are more mechanically complicated and I should accept this, but it was hard to swallow.

Great all around lens

By Arik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

I would buy this lens again if I had to, it's a perfect all around lens it's sharp & depth of field is amazing.

Great little lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

If you need a tiny, light-weight little FF lens, this is perfect. I bought this lens 7 years ago for my A7R and have used it on the A7R, A7Rii and A7Riv. It is sharp, fast focusing and I can toggle from FF to Crop mode on my A7Riv with plenty of resolution. Basically I have a 35 and a 54 all day long.

Extremely light and great street lens

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

I mostly shoot outdoor with lots of available light, so I am quite satisfied with this lens' performance. Very sharp even wide open. For indoor, low light, 2.8 is not as fast a lens as some other available 35mm primes for the Sony A7 series of cameras, but I have not found it to be much of a hindrance. Just turn on some house lights and 2.8 will likely do. At less than $600, very fine performance, exceptionally lightweight, and a weather-sealed build, make it a great value. You can torture yourself about not spending almost half again for the 1.8 or double for the 1.4 or but unless you like to shoot in the dark, no practical advantage is worth the difference. When I say it is exceptionally lightweight, I am not kidding. it weighs a little more than a quarter of a pound at 4 1/4 ounces. The other two lenses weigh more than twice and three times that. The lens is very compact in addition to being light. My Sony 24-105mm zoom G lens is fantastic but this prime will likely find its way out of the bag when I can justify sticking to the few limitations of 35mm lenses. I attached a picture I took just walking around the neighborhood. I was pleased with the quality of the image and think it is representative of what you can get.

A gem! Sharp, bokeh, compact

By maxim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

Contrast is incredible...almost best viewed on HDR monitor. Sharpness is astounding...never counted so many eyelashes. Miraculously light and compact-this can't be understated, as this makes my A7rIIIa light and portable with amazing, no compromise, image quality. At the same time, I don't want to overstate the compactness because I would absolutely still buy this lens if it was a pound heavier for IQ alone. It's been a while since a lens made me this profoundly satisfied. Really scratches the itch!!!

A delight to use -- small, unobtrusive, and excellent.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-19

I used this lens on a recent research trip in rural Cambodia. The lens was a delight to use. Fast, unobtrusive, and accurate with my A9II. Fine image quality ( I have Zeiss Batis, Leica, and Canon L lenses). The size and weight make it easy to interact with subjects. For the life of me, I don't understand why anyone would want a 35mm. lens that is the size and weight of a zoom. I will say that the lens hood design is odd, but it seems to do the job.

My old street friend is back!

By Marsha
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

This was one of my first lenses for any Sony mirrorless camera years ago. It was the best street lens I had partially due to lightness and ease of size but wonderful clarity unmatched by most other Sony lenses at the time. Bottom line is that I traded it in for a zoom about 5 years ago and am now purchasing it again for the same reasons I originally loved it. I have found this Zeiss lens to be superior in clarity and the size is perfection.

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Will this fit the new sony a74?

Will this fit the new sony a74?
Asked by: Emmanuel
The Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens is compatible with the A7 IV.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-10-27


I'm going to purchase this lens for my Sony A7 so I'll have a lightweight small lens that I can have while skiing. For bright snow pictures would you suggest a circular polarizer filter and if so which one is the best?
Asked by: Anonymous
A circular polarizer can be a good option for skiing, as it will darken your exposure by two stops. For a great choice, I suggest the B+W 49mm circular polarizer Should you want to darken by more than two stops, another option you can try is using a variable neutral density filter, such as the following made by Rodenstock:
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


No image stabilization? Do the Alpha 7 and 7R, the cameras this lens is intended for, come with built-in image stabilization?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, the new A7 and A7r models do not have stabilization built into them. Going forward with this system Sony will be offering lenses with the stabilization built into them. This particular one does not, but there will be models introduced within the next year to two years which do.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-25


where are these lenses made?
Asked by: Anonymous
On the bottom of the lens barrel, mine says, Made in Japan .
Answered by: Peter J.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Is it possible to add a depth of field scale to ...

Is it possible to add a depth of field scale to the barrel of this lens?
Asked by: Joe Adreon
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-21

Where is the model number located on the lens?

Where is the model number located on the lens?
Asked by: Joe Adreon
The model # and serial # are located on the underside of the lens barrel close to the lens mount.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-03

Will this fit a nikon z? I saw a youtube video ...

Will this fit a nikon z? I saw a youtube video where a dude had this mounted to a nikon z camera without any type of adapter
Asked by: Jonathan
No. The Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA will not work on a Nikon Z-mount camera.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-03-18

Is there an adapter that allows use of this lens ...

Is there an adapter that allows use of this lens with a SIGMA FP L?
Asked by: David
No but you can use this Sigma 35mm f2 lens instead:
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-08-17
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