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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • One AA & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • Dust- & Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

  • 1Description

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. Offering a maximum aperture of f/1.4, shooters will enjoy excellent performance in low-light conditions as well as the ability to create images with a shallow depth of field. Ensuring excellent imagery are three aspherical elements and one Advanced Aspherical (AA) element which combat aberrations. Along with this, the lens uses a Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to effectively eliminate flare and ghosting to create a sharp, contrasty image.

Photographers and videographers will enjoy fast, responsive focusing due to the implementation of a direct drive Super Sonic wave AF Motor (SSM) and an internal focusing mechanism. There are tactile control options as well, including an AF/MF switch and a physical aperture ring, which can be de-clicked for smooth iris changes during video. Smooth bokeh is also a characteristic of this lens due to the use of a nine-blade circular diaphragm. And, the lens is dust and moisture resistant for use in less-than-ideal conditions.

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.
A wide-angle prime designed for full-frame E-mount cameras, this 35mm is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
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.
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.
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.
A 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. An AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
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.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242888791
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
  • ALC-SH137 Lens Hood
  • ALC-F72S 72mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

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

    Focal Length 35mm
    Maximum Aperture f/1.4
    Minimum Aperture f/16
    Lens Mount Sony E
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 63
    Maximum Magnification 0.179x
    Minimum Focus Distance 11.81" / 30 cm
    Optical Design 12 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 72 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.1 x 4.4" / 78.5 x 112.0 mm
    Weight 1.4 lb / 630 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.0 x 4.9"

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

    Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 78.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Lens of ALL TIME (but buyer beware) This is the sharpest, lens with the most beautiful booked and the most three dimension gorgeous rendering I've ever used. It's my favorite focal length and I like to shoot wide open. After once owning the Leica Summilux 35 f/1.4 ASPH (which I sold when the prices went up and they were hard to come by- I couldn't justify it anymore) I sadly thought I would never own another lens I liked as much. Long story short, this lens exceeds that one, has fast autofocus and I'll never look back. BUT... The first copy I got was soft on the right edge (I think this is called decentering?) but the one B&H replaced it with is tack sharp. So, make sure you give it a good test once you receive it and if it's a good copy it will blow your mind.
    Date published: 2016-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have lens for the a7 platform. I was a fortunate recipient of an early release of this lens. In one word, fantastic! Spend the money and get this lens when it's available, you will not regret the decision. It's solid build and sharpness from edge to edge are amazing. Balance is good and the auto focus drive can only be heard by superman. In-lens OSS would have been nice, but it's not a deal killer. This lens paired with the a7II is magical. Low light performance is excellent at f/1.4 and the boka is smoother than Dairy Queen's soft ice cream. Colors just seem to POP off of the screen from this glass rendering an almost 3D effect in the image. It is by far the nicest prime lens I have used in years. Pre order now and get it.
    Date published: 2015-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great depth of field. Careful about use with Came Single! The lens itself is wonderful and it's depth of field capabilities are great. I purchased as a main lens for taking videos with the A7S II. I'm not a professional, so I realize now that this lens is not as versatile in general as the Tessar. One word of warning. I bought the A7S II and a Came Single gimbal primarily to take videos of my kids. This lens is too heavy for that setup. I now have to get a Tessar lens (which is maybe what I should have done in the first place) so that it can work with the gimbal. This is obviously my own fault. Just wanted others to know, in case you were wondering.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best FE lens from Sony/Zeiss so far! I got this lens from my girlfriend as a gift. The lens might be big for others, but for me it balance well with the a7ii. I love the design of this lens esp the aperture ring. It feels good in your hand and I can't put this lens down the moment I got it from my mail. Its beautifully constructed with metal except for a plastic lens hood. I have FE 55 1.8 which is very sharp but this lens outshine the 55 1.8. Yes, this lens is expense but it compensates well with the design and the beautiful images produced by this lens. Good job Sony .
    Date published: 2015-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer Optic Beautiful image quality. The images have a very appealing quality- sharp and smooth. A little soft at f/1.4 but what optic short of the Otus line (3 times the price and no AF) delivers tack sharp images wide open? Very sharp images at f/2 which is great for environmental portraits. I find f/1.4 depth of field to shallow with 3/4 length images of people. AF is fast and accurate on my A7II body. Great build quality. I like the feel of the camera lens combo. This is a must have lens. The first reviewer probably got a bad copy or maybe the lens was damaged in transit.
    Date published: 2015-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens I bought this lens as an everyday walk-around lens for my A7R. I couldn't be happier with my choice. It is tack sharp, it has beautiful color rendering and contrast, which fits my photographic style perfectly. I walk miles and miles to capture city scenes in New York with my A7r and Distagon 35mm combo wrapped around my wrist and I have small hands, but still this lens doesn't feel too heavy to me. It focuses fast. I can spot something and shoot it in a matter of seconds. It is very well-built as I would expect from Sony+ Zeiss. Check out the pics I am attaching. The first one is a portrait shot of my cat Sushi. I took it indoors with natural light. The second picture is a street scene from NYC on a rainy night. I can't think of anything negative about this lens. I know I will use it for a long time. You pay for quality and you get it.
    Date published: 2016-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sharp, lots of light I was debating between the F2.8 35mm and this F1.4. I am very happy with my purchase. I've had the lens for about two weeks and since then I've shot some great portraits, food pics, macro-like photos, and of course the obligatory pictures of our dog. They all look professional. I'm really looking forward to scenery shots. Of course the only downside is the weight and size of the lens...if that matters to you. To me, quality of the image is what matters most. I will look back on photos and look at how great or bad they are but I will never think about how heavy or light my lens was when I was shooting. And, I don't think this lens is any heavier than a 70-200 zoom. So, it's not like it's outrageous. Just buy it and don't look back.
    Date published: 2016-06-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best 35 I have ever used, period. This lens is a masterpiece. Whoever gave it 3 stars and said it was soft had to have a serious issue with their camera or the lens as this lens is nothing short of astonishing. I have owned and used almost every 35mm ever made for full frame. The Leica 35 Summilux FLE at $ The Nikon 35 1.4, the Canon 35 1.4L, the Sigma Art 35 1.4, the Zeiss 35 1.4 for Nikon..and so on. NONE OF THEM touch this one for IQ. Period. This lens is a combo of superb color, amazing detail and sharpness even wide open (sharper than the Leica wide open), fantastic close focus ability, speed AF and WOW...just WOW overall image quality. The Bokeh is stunning.The one negative? It is LARGE. No larger than a DSLR 35 1.4 but large for a mirrorless system. No worries though as it is worth it, and not so heavy. The IQ will make you forget the size. This lens is well worth the cost for the images you can create with it. 5 STARS all the way. I would give it SIX if I could.
    Date published: 2015-04-17
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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


    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 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


    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


    Is this Made in Thailand??
    Asked by: Fred
    Sorry but yes my copy is Thailand. I originally thought the review was of the f/2 which I have as well. The 1.4 feels like the same Zeiss quality. Absolutely love this lens
    Answered by: Jimmy A.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    Would this work on an a6300? And is it ideal for ...

    Would this work on an a6300? And is it ideal for astrophotography?
    Asked by: Jared
    This will work on the a6300 and will bring everything possible out of that APS-C sensor. It is of exceptional quality so the big bug-a-boo of astrophotography, coma, should not be an issue. The f/1.4 will give you the light you need without undue loss of sharpness. I would caution that on the a6300 APS-C a 35mm creates approximately a 40° field of view coverage which is some what narrow for astrophotography. If you have a 18mm and need something tighter than this will be a terrific choice.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2019-04-15


    Do users miss having image stabilization on this lens ?
    Asked by: Mark D.
    The image stabilization on my Sony a6500 is all that's needed. This lens works great with it.
    Answered by: Larry
    Date published: 2019-03-20


    What UV Filter Brand do you recommend for this lens? The Carl Zeiss 72mm? Do you recommend I get one to begin with? -Thanks!
    Asked by: Jim
    I usually purchase B&W filters for my lens. I only use a filters working in environments where the lens could be damages such as weddings, some industrial job or blowing sand at the beach. For portraits and other uses I remove the filter. In general the lens shade provides the protection that I need.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2018-10-24
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