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Keywords: Sony Wide Prime FE-Mount 35mm ZA Tested


Registered: March 2015
Posts: 1
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL35F28Z review by nagi603
Review Date: 3/16/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $590.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: small, light, sharp
Cons: a bit slow, plastic hood

(Bought used from eBay Japan)

Before buying the A7S, I used the NEX-7 with the LA-EA2+SAL-35F18 combo, but this - despite costing about the same for me - wipes the floor with it, and it is full frame to boot!

I have only two gripes with it: I wish it was f1.8, and I wish the hood was not a two-piece plastic.

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 21
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL35F28Z review by lightknight
Review Date: 9/5/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $860.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, light and sharp, focuses quite close
Cons: does not feel bomb proof. A bit slow

I bought this as my kit lens for the A7R.
IQ seems very consistent through the aperture range. If find it as sharp as I need at F2.8 and the contrast is excellent though it has a distinct 2 way look to the Bokeh, sometimes looking smooth and sometimes harsh. Now I am waiting for a 24mm F2: something tells me I have a long wait, so it looks like the Metabones is going to house a few Nikkors.

Registered: April 2012
Posts: 2
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL35F28Z review by dennishh
Review Date: 2/16/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $790.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Small,Lightweight and Sharp
Cons: None

This could be the best quality and most convenient lens I have ever used for a full frame camera. It is beyond sharp on the A7r and performs better than any other 35mm lens I own. I would highly recommend this lens!
Prime Minister

Registered: May 2011
Posts: 39
Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL35F28Z review by Prime Minister
Review Date: 1/20/2014 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Compact, lightweight, good image quality, compact lens hood
Cons: 'Sun dots' and concentric colored rings

This Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 looks and feels very nice. It's very light, relatively compact and it feels sturdy. The design is simple and clean. The outer parts of the lens are made of metal.

Even the lens hood is largely made of metal. I like the fact that the lens hood can be fitted over a filter. It's a dome type lens hood, so it's very small and it doesn't add much to the length of the lens.

It seems ideal as an all-round compact walk around lens. There are some manual alternatives from Zeiss, Voigtländer and Leica, but this Zeiss has autofocus and was made specifically for the new Sony FE mount. I think it's a perfect match for the A7(R).

It's not a fast lens, but at f/2.8 it produces photos that are plenty sharp and contrasty. I use this lens on the A7R full frame camera. There is some vignetting going on but I did not find any notable CA. The extreme corners are a little soft, eve stopped down to f/5.6. As far as I can tell this lens focusses fast, silent and accurate. Closing the aperture a little improves the image quality. The bokeh is fairly good for a f/2.8 35mm.

Although I think overall this lens is a stellar performer, there are some strange things I want to mention. Some weird 'dots' can be visible when the sun is in the frame. Also, sometimes the lens seems to invoke colored concentric rings. I'm not sure if it's the lens or the lens-sensor combination that causes these defects.

Anyway, if you have an A7(R) and if you like prime lenses, this Zeiss should probably be high on your wish list.


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