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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

BH #SO3514EM • MFR #SEL35F14Z
Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • One AA & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
Fast, sharp, and loaded with the latest technology, the Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Sony offers full-frame E-mount shooters a classic wide-angle focal length with excellent optical performance and speed. Suitable for a variety of subjects, this lens excels in street, landscape, and lifestyle situations, and the bright design is ideal for available lighting and selective focusing needs.
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Speed Wide-Angle Prime
  • 3ZEISS Optical Design
  • 4Autofocus and Handling
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High-Speed Wide-Angle Prime
Fast, sharp, and loaded with the latest technology, the Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Sony offers full-frame E-mount shooters a classic wide-angle focal length with excellent optical performance and speed. Suitable for a variety of subjects, this lens excels in street, landscape, and lifestyle situations, and the bright design is ideal for available lighting and selective focusing needs.
ZEISS Optical Design
  • Based on the ZEISS Distagon optical concept, this lens uses a design with 12 elements in eight groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/1.4 while helping to minimize vignetting and spherical aberrations.
  • One Advanced Aspherical (AA) and two aspherical elements are incorporated into the optical design for effective control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other spherical 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.
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Autofocus and Handling
  • Direct drive Super Sonic wave Motor autofocus system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control.
  • AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over the focusing mode.
  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.

Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Specs

Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Lens Mount
Sony E
Lens Format Coverage
Angle of View
Minimum Focus Distance
11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification
Optical Design
12 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
9, Rounded
Focus Type
Image Stabilization
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
3.09 x 4.41" / 78.5 x 112 mm
1.39 lb / 630 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.5 x 5 x 4.9"

Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Reviews

It's Zeiss!

By Marc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-04

I listened to all the tech pundits when building my Sony Mirrorless system. I listened to hard. I had forgot my original reason to select Sony ... they had a tradition of Zeiss partnership (i.e. Sony A mount) ... which furthered my previous dedication to Zeiss with my older Contax system. I'm now correcting that error, and this Distagon 35/1.4 is just one of the prime lenses I've added (such as the Zeiss 50/1.4) This Zeiss 35mm replaces my Sony 35/1.4GM, which is a great lens but doesn't have the Zeiss look and feel ... it is a creative and aesthetic decision which adds to my 6 lens Zeiss FE line-up. Shot a wedding the day after I got the lens and it did not disappoint. Lens to lens, all the images consistently had that Zeiss snap. Lens is built very well, focuses quickly, has an aperture ring and is less expensive than the GM ... it is a bit bigger and heavier, so if that is your goal this lens may not be for you.

not sharp

By drew1063
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-26

expected better results from such an expensive lens, wish I had done my home work before purchasing, a lot of people having the same issues.

failing after 5 years

By Handel
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-04

the aputure ring (along with cheap electronic focus ring) is a huge letdown with this camera. After 5 years, it is failing, whenever I set to f1.4, the camera freaks out and cannot properly adjust the lens to 1.4. other apertures work fine. This is a new problem has developed with use over 5 years... I baby my lenses and take care of them so this seems like a design flaw with the aputure ring. It is actually slipping slightly so that when I adjust to 1.4 it goes slightly past that, and is throwing off the electronic values. very disappointing. And yes I updated the lens and body firmware, that did not fix the issue. this is a mechanical issue.

Perfect Focal Length & Beautiful Aperture

By Maddy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-29

I love the focal length of the 35mm. It's perfect for all kinds of portraits, and it's wide enough to capture a larger group of people or a beautiful landscape shot. As for the aperture, the 1.4 gives the background that gorgeous blur that everyone wants to achieve. The biggest complaints I've heard about this lens is that it's on the heavier side and that people accidentally move the aperture ring. I'm a fairly weak person, and this lens isn't heavy for me at all, and the aperture ring requires some pressure in order to move it, so I don't see how people are accidentally moving it. Overall, I'm loving this lens so far

Superb lens

By William Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-07

The 35mm is a great addition to my landscape and street photography kit. I have used it on multiple outings and am extremely please with the image quality. The sun bursts at f/16 are wonderful. It worked perfectly on my A7RIii. I would recommend lens to any Sony shooters.

Came broken

By JBurr
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-30

I have been SO frustrated with this lens. Bought in Nov. 2019. Out of the box it wouldn't shoot wide open. I could only shoot at above 3.5 so it was annoying. Eventually it completely stopped focusing at all. I sent it in for repair but was unable to get it to repair. Thankfully I bought the extended warranty. When the lens was sharp it was beautiful until it stopped working all together.

Awesome even in 2022

By Glenn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-23

This is an often overlooked lens. Earlier reviews indicated they're are copies of it with left side softness. Mine has none of that. In fact, it's sharp as a tack with the so called "Zeiss" pop. Can't say for sure, but I think the soft copies were early copies. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it new again now. I can say that it is probably the quietest AF lens I've ever used. And fast & accurate as well. It's only real downside is price. It's $600 cheaper now than when it first released and that's great. However, the newer (and even better) G Master version is only a few hundred more. But if the G Master is out of your price range, don't look past this version.

An Amazing Lens!

Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-18

I read for years in the many photography blogs, forums, pro reviews - how bad this lens is - decentering issues et' al.' So, despite the many excellent photos from this lens on Flickr, I held off buying because of the fear I'd end up with a decentered copy. Well, I am not doubting that quality issues plagued this lens early on. But when the price dropped by $500, I thought it was worth the risk to buy one...with the confidence that B&H would seamlessly either exchange it or provide refund. Lo and behold this lens is not anything remotely close to what the poor reviews say about it - at least not my copy. This lens produces some of the creamiest and amazing bokeh for a 35mm lens. It is sharp corner to corner. And it is a feather weight compared to my Sigma 35 F1.2 (another amazing 35 - but more clinical in comparison).

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Any recent purchase experience on this lens? I hear it has high variance copy to copy, decentered issue. Wondering if recent copies have addressed the issue.
Asked by: Jin K.
The Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is a high-quality optic from Sony. However, if after your purchase you are not completely satisfied with the lens' performance, the lens may be returned within 30 days of purchase date for a refund or exchange.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-26

How hard is it to balance on a Ronin S?

How hard is it to balance on a Ronin S?
Asked by: Jonathan
Ronin S will stabilize a camera with this lens without any problems
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-01-12


I own this and on the A7Rii it says that Eye AF feature is not possible on this lens. Since it's a native mount lens made by Sony, I am confused. Shouldn't Eye AF work?
Asked by: Anonymous
I have the lens and the eye focusing works fine on my A7ii. But like the previous poster noted, I have the function assigned to one of my buttons.
Answered by: Joseph C.
Date published: 2018-08-26

What are your thoughts between the Sony Distagon ...

What are your thoughts between the Sony Distagon T* FE 35MM f/1.4 [SEL35F14Z] versus Sony - 35mm f/1.8 FE [SEL35F18F]. Money is not an issue but I still can't decide?
Asked by: Jim
There is only 2/3 of a stop difference in the maximum apertures of these lenses and they would both be very sharp. One might choose the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens if they are shooting more video being that the lens offers a de-clicked aperture ring, while someone looking to spend less but needs the low light performance might choose the FE 35mm f/1.8 instead.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-03-04


What are it's advantages over the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM bound with a Metabones IV (witch I do 'already have, with latest firmware) - if we do the abstraction of price and that it's more elegant to not have to do with adapters..)? :Is the Bokhe and softer f1.4 til f2.8 a real advantage for portraits, has it better 3D effect over the latest Canon ?
Asked by: Alain
The main advantage of using this lens over a Canon with an adapter is simply that this is a native Sony E-Mount lens. Adapters are very nice and have come a long way, but they still are not flawless. You will get a perfect performance as far as control of the lens and auto focus when using a native lens. This also happens to be a Zeiss Distagon T* lens, which is a very beautiful and high quality lens.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


How's this lens on the Sony FS7 ? Works well for video and no compatibility issues?
Asked by: Max M.
The Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is fully compatible with the Sony FS7.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-26

whats in the box?

whats in the box?
Asked by: alex
Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Sony ALC-SH137 Lens Hood Sony ALC-F72S 72mm Front Lens Cap Sony ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap Lens Pouch Limited 1-Year Warranty
Answered by: Ryan
Date published: 2022-03-17


Can someone recommend a good protective filter for this lens?
Asked by: Anonymous
The B+W 72mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter would be recommended. This is very well made with excellent quality glass.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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