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Sony SAL35F14G A Mount - Full Frame 35mm F1.4 Prime G Lens
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- 35mm F1.4 G lens
- Wide-angle prime Sony G Lens
- A-mount, 35mm Full Frame
- Aspherical lens
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|Item Dimensions||7.6 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm||7 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm||6.65 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm||6.44 x 7.05 x 6.44 cm||2.26 x 6.2 x 2.26 cm|
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Style Name: Full Frame 35mm F1.4 Prime G Lens
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The ultimate standard DSLR lens -- with ultra-bright f1.4 performance. With its 35mm-equivalent 52.5mm focal length, this superb lens closely reproduces the natural angle of vision of the human eye -- making it ideal for both general photo-imaging and fine-art photography applications where zoom capability might distract you from concentrating on aesthetic properties of your subject.
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Prime lens quality for low light
An F1.4 maximum aperture makes this lens ideal for snapshots and ambient-light photography while providing extended depth-of-field control. The ability to create smooth bokeh makes it ideal for portraits too. Another advantage of a large maximum aperture is that higher shutter speeds can be used when shooting fast action.
Sharp, high-contrast imagery
Premium G Lens optics, including molded aspherical glass elements, achieve consistently high resolution and contrast right down to the lens’s bright F1.4 maximum aperture. All types of aberration are effectively suppressed too, so that natural, life-reproduction of delicate gradations and details is achieved.
From super sharp to smooth bokeh
A 9-blade circular aperture works with this lens’s F1.4 maximum aperture to produce beautifully smooth background bokeh with natural highlights when desired. Smooth background defocusing can make the in-focus focus really stand out in images with almost three-dimensional depth.
Compact, manageable, and versatile
In addition to a remarkably compact, manageable design, this lens includes a convenient focus hold button right on the lens barrel, and an auto-clutch that prevents the focus ring from rotating when autofocus is used.
Top customer reviews
I'm very happy that I did! This is an EXCELENT lens, very, very, very sharp and fast. And is clearly unexpensive, specially when you consider it's twing sister with f1.4.
It doesn't feel cheap to touch or operate, has a sharp and fast autofocus (a little bit louder than I'd expect though), all in all, a great buy. Go for it if you can't afford the f1.4 35mm lens like me.
I've used all the 3 "budget primes" from Sony in the past, on balance this is probably the most appealing of the 3 lenses (35/50/85mm) for APS-C users.
It has to be said that the build is pretty cheap just like the other lenses. Apart from the plastic mount, the casing is quite low density and clearly built on a budget, though at least you do get a hood with the lens. This costs a little bit more than the 50mm f1.8 Sony lens, but probably for general use, a better first purchase option as the 35mm gives you an equivalent of around 52mm for a crop sensor. I've used the Nikon 35mm f1.8 and Pentax 35mm f2.4 lenses as well, so I'll compare between those offerings to see how this stacks up.
Usual pro/con list!
+ Affordable and fast, not much else to say but f1.8 is clearly a lot faster than a normal zoom or kit lens, very useful for low light or DOF control
+ Surprisingly sharp even wide open @f1.8 (beats the Nikkor here), corners are decent and pick up from f2.8 across the frame, stunning sharpness at f5.6
+ Min focus distance, 0.23m gives a 1:4 magnification which is very good for a prime at this focal length and better than rivals
+ Autofocus was quite fast, and accuracy very good on the bodies I've used it on
+ Comes with a lens hood (but it's a bit big in my view)
+ Distortion is quite well controlled, there is some but nothing to get worked up about
+ Good smooth blur for the out of focus areas
+ Front element does not rotate on focus (but focus ring does so make sure you don't hold that with AF on!)
+ Has a focus distance scale, but it's a basic painted on affair.
- Build is basic with cheap feeling smooth plastics and a plastic mount, the rear lens cap feels better plastics wise!
- SAM motor isn't much quieter than screw driven lenses, Nikon's AF-S is much better here
- Vignetting stronger than rivals, probably the weakest point for the lens, might not be an issue depending on subject
- Some CA to note, though I would say it's better controlled than the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 by some margin
- DMF is not supported with the SAM in body motor, focus ring has a short throw not great for manual focus but usable
Having owned the Nikkor 35mm f1.8 and mostly being quite happy with that lens, I was a bit surprised that the optics of this Sony 35mm f1.8 are actually better than that popular prime lens. The Sony lens beats the Nikkor handily with sharpness wide open (the Nikon was good but not this good), it has better distortion and CA control, closer min focus distance, and out of focus areas only average on the Nikkor, are much smoother and more pleasing on the Sony lens. Where the Sony falls down a bit is the vignetting which is stronger than expected, though maybe not a major issue depending on the type of shooting you do (you can correct this in camera if supported or in post), and the build. The Nikon has a better AF-S motor, full time manual focus (DMF) in the lens and is just better built all round with a metal mount.
The Pentax 35mm f2.4 which I also had for a while, that's an all plastic lens too. The mount felt a bit fragile on that lens, no hood, poor min focus distance and like the Nikkor fairly average for out of focus areas (not bad but not great either) The biggest problem was the f2.4 of that lens a good 3/4 of a stop slower off the bat. The Pentax was pretty sharp, but then at comparable apertures all these lenses are sharp!
So overall I would say no question the Sony is the best of the 35mm budget primes out there for optics. Out of the Sony budget range of 3 primes, I would say this is probably the best overall of that bunch, the 35mm giving you around 52mm equivalent which is for general use likely more useful than a 50mm lens is on a crop body (but I'd get both because they are very useful lenses in their own right) Sony do have a 35mm f1.4 (which is very expensive), there is also a Minolta 35mm f2 around (not that many), that's a good lens and full frame, but it's quite expensve even on auction sites so this budget Sony makes sense for most users (bar full frame ones).
The front element is fairly well recessed, so I don't use the hood myself (which is a bit bigger IMO than it needs to be)
If Sony updated the lens with the better SAM II AF motor and improved the plastics/build (up to a level of the 18-135mm for example) with a metal mount, and full time DMF I'd happily pay more for this and it would hit 5 stars easily. As it is the price has recently dropped a bit (bit below the Nikkor now) so this to a degree makes up for the cheap build of the lens. When all is said and done, the optical performance of the lens is excellent overall so it has to have a solid 4 star rating from me.
A very easy lens to suggest for buyers, it's very affordable and the super performance wide open and fast speed make for a lens you will likely use quite a bit in low light situations or if you require a shallow depth of field.
BUT - bottom line - IQ is SUPERB - not just for the price, but at ANY price - you could use the lens for pro work and in terms of IQ it absoultely delivers in terms of resolution/sharpness, with a decently pleasant rendering of out of focus areas as well (bokeh). Seriously, in terms of IQ this lens is an absolute steal, just like the 85 2.8 SAM lens from Sony.
The only down-side:-
1. CA and purple fringeing can rear their head under certain high contrast conditions with bright objkects or lights in the image - this is common in cheaper lenses lacking expensive APO or ED elements.
2. the limitations of the focal length - the crop factor on Sony DSLRs and SLTs is 1.5, so the lens becomes 52.5mm equivalent focal length (35mm equivalent) - while this is close to what was considered the 'standard' 35mm focal length in the 1970s and 1980s (50mm), it is not wide enough for many interior shots and not long enough for some kinds of portrait photography (I prefer the cheap but impressive Sony 85mm f2.8 for the latter). It is a nice lens for street photography and videography if you have external sound recording setup though. If you can get close up without disturbing your subject too much, it is very nice indeed for indoor photography work - I've got great baby and young children portraits with this lens - pro quality ones in fact. but for working with teenagers or adults the 85 2.8 SAM lens allows you to be a more comfortable distance from the subject.
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