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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. 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.
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

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

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

Focal Length35mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View63°
Minimum Focus Distance11.81" / 30 cm
Maximum Magnification0.18x
Optical Design12 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.09 x 4.41" / 78.5 x 112 mm
Weight1.39 lb / 630 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 5 x 4.9"

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

An Amazing Lens!

By DANIEL
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).

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.

Superb

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-22

This lens is superb. Maybe I got a good copy, but i can tell you it is absolutely sharp across the entire frame. The colors and rendering are beautiful. It's heavy, but not too heavy. Balances well. Way lighter than the Sigma ART 35mm. Autofocus is fast, but not as fast as Sony's 35mm f1.8 or f2.8 Zeiss. If you're thinking about buying this, just do it. It's majorly expensive, but you shouldn't be disappointed. It is clearly a step way above other 35mm lenses for Sony E.

Big disappointment

By UserComment
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-07

My copy is not as clear and sharp on one side as on the other. "Sharp and clear from corner to corner" is false advertising. This bug is famous for this purpose in internet forums. It has fewer configuration options than other cheaper targets. Technical service does not give satisfactory solutions.

Favorite lens i have used

By Prestomatic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-28

This is my main lens. Super clean, crisp and detailed. Af is excellent. Love the aperture ring. Smooth bokeh. Ive read reviews saying this lens is overpriced and that there is inconsistency in the build quality. Maybe I got lucky but this lens is incredible and absolutely worth the price. Ive used lenses 10x the price that are not as clean.

Splendid, superb.

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-01

A highly reliable 35mm workhorse.

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.

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