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SonySonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens
 
4.6

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (61)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Nice bokeh (33)
  • Easily interchangeable (32)
  • Consistent output (30)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Slow focus (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Low light (28)
  • Weddings (23)
  • Night photography (18)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (19), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best lens for your A7 if you actually shoot all day.

I don't understand why this lens has anything less than 5 stars from anyone.

Yes, there is vignetting when shot wide open. No, there's no Image Stabilization. Yes, it's...Read complete review

I don't understand why this lens has anything less than 5 stars from anyone.

Yes, there is vignetting when shot wide open. No, there's no Image Stabilization. Yes, it's only f/2.8.

SO WHAT?

This lens is TINY and weighs almost nothing. When attached to a Sony A7ii, you don't need anything faster than f/2.8. The image stabilization allows me to shoot at 1/20 very safely, and I've included a handheld shot below shot at 0.8 seconds!!!!

The only competitor to this lens is the 35/1.4. It costs over double and weighs FIVE times more. Do you want to carry FIVE times the weight all day?

I'm spending 2 years traveling the world and this lens is what is on my camera 99% of the time. It's absolutely stellar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too much vignetting, too pricey

The only real advantage of this lens is its size and weight. Very portable and lightweight and this, together with its 35mm focal lenght, would make it a great default lens to keep...Read complete review

The only real advantage of this lens is its size and weight. Very portable and lightweight and this, together with its 35mm focal lenght, would make it a great default lens to keep on the camera almost always (or so I thought).However, the images it produces suffer from heavy vignetting at most apertures. The greater the aperture, the worse the vignetting. It is really horrible when used at f/2.8.Other features like autofocus and sharpness are just average, not bad but also not exceptional. No image stabilization.At this price range, I would expect a much better product.

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4.0

Compact lens for everyday shooting

By Erin

from Undisclosed

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

Love this lens for street photography. It's light and compact, making it super easy to take photos on my way to work. 

I've noticed some pretty severe vignetting--though it was easily removed in Lightroom.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent build, sharp images and perfect for travel

By Robert

from Undisclosed

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

My go-to 35mm lens is a manual focus Zeiss Loxia f/2, but for a compact, lightweight, auto-focus alternative for travel and street photography, you can't beat the Sony Sonnar FE 35mm f/2.8 lens.  As others have noted, there can be slight vignetting and/or distortion in some situations, but these are easily correctible with the available Adobe Lightroom profile.  The Sony 35mm 2.8 build quality is quite good and very similar to the excellent Sony FE 55mm 1.8.  

For me, lenses are like paint brushes and the Sony FE 35mm 2.8 allows me to think less about the science of what I'm doing and more about the art.  Whether attached to my a7II or a7RII, it's presence is low profile and allows me to subtly capture images without announcing my presence.  While I have larger and more expensive pieces of glass, this humble little 35mm lens reminds me most of what attracted me to the compact but highly capable Sony a7 format to begin with.  And while this optic it is not perfect in every aspect, thereby getting 4 stars instead of 5, it is an ideal companion for street and travel photography.

 
4.0

Nice compact lens

By Barbara

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I chose this particular lens to go with the Sony a7 because it's small, lightweight and weather sealed. Great for carrying around my neck while riding my bicycle.
I haven't used it enough to rate it 5 stars.

 
5.0

Tack-Sharp Lens

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a fantastic lens! It's very sharp all the way to the edges and has very nice color.

 
5.0

Just what the doctor ordered.

By evjw

from Undisclosed

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

The a7Rll's version of a pancake lens. It's excellent for it's intended purpose which is a small capable walk around lens for this camera and it's affordable.

 
5.0

Great lens. I traded OSS for weather sealing & smaller size

By Hugh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a very fine lens and meets my needs.

 
5.0

Beautiful

By Jesse

from Toronto

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great. I use it on a Sony A7rii and love it. It's a bit overpriced, especially considering it's 2.8, but once you see the images it's hard to say no, especially if you want to buy into the Sony ecosystem. I was previously shooting with Canon and Sigma lenses (which I also love) adapted to the Sony with the Sigma MC-11 adapter, which is woefully underrated. I did however desire to switch to Sony lenses to get all of the focus features and the lightning fast focus speed, which has been a game changer.

If you're willing to dish out on Sony's premiums I'd highly recommend the lens.

 
5.0

The best lens your money can buy!

By jonah

from Dallas, Tx

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this lens two weeks ago. I could not be happier! Great product. The best lens I've ever owned. I use this lens for traveling, social media, and blogging. It's very compact for a full frame camera, unlike common DSLR lens. The image quality is stunning. I researched the best lens for the Sony A7ii for over a year and this one can up on top ever time. This is the only lens I own for the A7ii and it'll be that way for some time. Fantastic lens!

 
5.0

Love this lenes! Great to carry around

By Ryan

from Newport Beach

Verified Buyer

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

This lens was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that was fast, compact, and good for traveling and this lens was it.

 
5.0

Great lens, reasonable price

By Bob

from Sarasota

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great little lens. The optics are great and the AF works well. The lens profile in ACR is very good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wait, where is it?

By Kevin_JD

from Georgetown, Guyana

Verified Buyer

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

Love this little lens on my A7SM2. It feels like its barely there. Shoots sharp, light and definitely a must for your Sony Mirrorless.

 
5.0

Such a fantastic lens!

By Pongpunt

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

The lens produces crisp and sharp pictures.  The color is amazingly colorful.  It is very small and light when mounted on my A7.  The downside of this lens is a price which seems to be quite expensive.  Anyway, I recommend to everyone who uses any A7 series cameras.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great one!

By Photo city pro

from Los Angeles

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

Great lens, but should cost $500.

 
5.0

Exactly what I was looking for

By lee

from Louisburg, NC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

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

    A great street photo lens. Very sharp. Fast. But best of all it is TINY. A7II with this fits in many of my pockets.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    5-Star Lens

    By CL

    from Palm Beach, Fla.

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Super Sharp
    • Tiny

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        This is a 5-star lens all the way. Don't listen to the arm-chair photographers who would rather peek at graphs and charts and view images at 100% on a computer monitor. I've used many 35mm focal length lenses in my photography career, and this lens is up there with offerings from Leica and bests some of the other big names--especially when paired with the Sony sensor. It's stunningly sharp, tiny, light, well made and a sheer pleasure to use on the smaller a6000/a6300 and the lighter (original a7/a7s/a7r) bodies, and even the a7II-series bodies. f2.8 is plenty fast for any sony sensor and renders beautiful out-of-focus areas even at f5.6. I recommend it without hesitation even for the steep asking price.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        great lightweight lens

        By KT

        from Santa Fe, NM

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video

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

          I use this for video mostly with Sony A7Rii. Especially good when using a gimble because of its lightweight. I have the Distagon for still photography which is a superior lens but much much heavier and the two lenses end up serving different purposes for me.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best 35mm lens ever

          By enazarov

          from NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            one of my favorite lens very sharp works perfect even on f2.8. I am a Leica user and this lens are better by quality and much better price. Highly recommend this lens

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            • No
             
            4.0

            Love this lens!

            By JoeB

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              I really love the portability and form factor of this lens. I bought it along with the A7 riii and it's the ultimate pro travel rig. So portable yet powerful. Great image quality and fast too.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the lens that can do it all

              By ansel

              from detroit

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                i will always love my Canon L lenses, but this little gem is the most persuasive challenge i have seen to the proverbial caveat that no one lens can do it all. It has become my go walk around lens for street shots, landscape, close-ups and just about anything i have thrown at it. bright spectacular images and you can crop these to your heart's content. i have just taken a cliche shot of my newest nephew at standard distance of about 8 feet and the head of this little guy crops up to filling the frame with a bright and crystal sharp image. Did i mention how small and light it is?

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                • No

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Sharp and light

                By Bartman

                from San Francisco

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife Photos

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

                Only a 2.8, but it's one of the smallest, lightest lenses made for the A series full frame. I find it quite sharp, good color.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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