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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit

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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit
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
In addition to adding the fast wide-angle prime lens to your camera bag, the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H also includes a protective 72mm UV filter.
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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

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Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
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.
Chiaro Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter

The Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers of all levels who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. A scratch-resistant coating minimizes scratching of the glass and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. Its hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it is thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses. Side knurling helps assure that you’ll have a firm grip when attaching or removing your filter.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.

98% Light Transmission
Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.
Resistance Coating
The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allow you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.
Polished Optical Glass
Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.
Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.
UV Protection
The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.
Slim Design
Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.
Top and Side Knurling
In addition to top knurling, Chiaro added side knurling to better grip the filter when you're attaching and removing it, or when you're stacking filters.
Secure Attachment
It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.
Front Threads
The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593510

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

Chiaro Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size72 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet72 mm
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
KnurlingSide, Top
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.135 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.75 x 3.75 x 0.85"

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

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.

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.


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.

Needs updating.

By Marc
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-05

I sent this lens back. It was unable to fully resolve the A7R-IV's 61 meg sensor. Nothing was critically sharp (even doing tripod tests). Probably okay on a 24 meg sensor ... but I do not know that for sure.

Splendid, superb.

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

A highly reliable 35mm workhorse.

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).

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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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

Can I use it on Sony A7R?

Can I use it on Sony A7R?
Asked by: Yi
Yes it works very good
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-18


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
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