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Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-Frame Lens (2013)

MSRP 600 USDNeo score 88%Ext score 71%

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Product Overview

Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA is a wide-angle prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2013 as one of the first FE lenses, it has 7 elements in 5 groups.
The entire lens is crafted out of metal, which imparts a level of tactile sense of quality. For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
As a wide-angle prime lens that is quite compact, the Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA can be an interesting component of a prime-lens kit well adapted for travel. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Weather-sealed
  • Decent optical performance
Cons
  • Very expensive for what it is
  • Dark maximum aperture
  • Many cheaper, superior alternatives now available for FE

What external reviewers found***

Ext 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Lightweight and light
  • Compact and portable
  • Very fast and silent
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Very well corrected by Lightroom lens profile
  • Very small and light
Cons
  • Slow maximum aperture
  • No weather sealing
  • No telephoto lens mount
  • Only 5mm depth
  • Only f2.8
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
7 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Metal barrel, metal mount
Motor
Stepper motor
Optical Formula | Elements
7 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
5 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
3 aspheric elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
49 mm / 1.93 in
Size | Diameter
62 mm / 2.44 in
Size | Length
37 mm / 1.46 in
Weight
120 g / 4.24 oz

Function

Angle Of View
63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical
Aperture
f/2.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.12x
Min Focus Distance
350 mm / 13.78 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH129 (supplied)
Debut
2013-10-16
Model Name
SEL35F28Z

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External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Sony Sonnar FE 35mm F2.8 ZA is an excellent small pancake like lens for the Sony A7/A9 series. It is in fact the smallest and lighest lens of the full FE full frame line up. The quality of the photos (sharpness, contrast, color rendition, distorsion) is superb. If you can afford it and wants to stay small, definitively a must have.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness, contrast, color rendition, distorsion
  • Fully consistent centre to border as soon as you close 1 stop Centre Border Lens fall off at F2.8
  • Very well corrected by Lightroom lens profile
  • Very fast and silent
Cons
  • Only 5mm depth

cameralabs[2]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA is a wide-angle prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched with the original A7 full-frame bodies, it remains a popular choice for anyone wanting the most compact general-purpose lens for the system. The lens focuses in around 0.5 sec on a Sony A7R II from infinity to 0.43m (1:10 magnification), which is fast.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very small and light
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Very quiet
Cons
  • Only f2.8
  • No rubber sealing at lens-mount

dpreview[3]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* is one of the first lenses available for Sony's full-frame E-mount system. It uses a 7-element, 5-group optical design, which includes three aspherical elements to minimise aberrations. The 35mm is a pretty compact lens (it's 37mm / 1.5" long, and weighs just 120g / 4.2 oz) which makes for a very portable combination when used with the A7 or A7R.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very sharp
  • Compact and portable
  • Very low chromatic aberration and distortion
Cons
  • Very slow maximum aperture
  • Slow maximum aperture

digitalpicture[4]

Sentiment Score 68%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The f/2.8 lens is dramatically smaller and lighter than the f/1.4 lens. With max apertures differing by 2 stops, a dramatic size and weight difference, and a 2x price differential, these lenses may be more complementary than competitive. The Sony lens has a low 0.12x maximum magnification while the Tamron lens has very high 0.50x spec.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F/2.8 f/1.8 lens
  • Wide-open aperture infinity focus distance
  • Lightweight and light
Cons
  • No weather sealing
  • No telephoto lens mount

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony Sonnar FE 35mm F2.8 ZA (Zeiss). [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2017/10/13/sony-sonnar-fe-35mm-f2-8-za-zeiss/. 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-35mm-f2-8-za-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
3. ^ Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lab Test Review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-fe-35-2-8. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
4. ^ Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-35mm-f-2.8-ZA-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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