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Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA Full Frame Prime Fixed Lens

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  • Features a bright maximum aperture of F2.8, compact dimensions and outstanding optical performance in a versatile 35mm focal length
  • Carl Zeiss® E-mount full-frame lens for Alpha a7 Series full frame camera bodies
  • Dust and moisture resistant design
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Sony Camera Lenses SEL35F28Z

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Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens

The small size, versatile 35mm focal length, and outstanding overall performance of this Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens make it an ideal match for compact 35mm full frame format E-mount bodies. Although the optical design is state-of-the-art, this superb wide angle lens remains true to the original Sonnar concept with a bright F2.8 maximum aperture (“Sonne” means “sun” in German). Three double-sided aspherical elements minimize aberration so that stunning contrast and resolution are maintained right out to the image edges at all apertures. The renowned T* lens coating contributes to natural color reproduction as well.

Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
Aspherical lens elements
Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

Aspherical lens elements

Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.

Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating

Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.


Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

Dust and Moisture Resistant

The dust and moisture resistance design makes this lens appropriate for heavy-duty outdoor use, especially when combined with a camera that employs weather resistant measures.


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  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00FSB79KU
  • Item model number: SEL35F28Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2013

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First let me immediately state that the way I decide a lens deserves 5 star is whether I would immediately replace it with the same if I were to lose it or permanently damage it. This lens deserves 5 stars.

I am a semi pro photographer who freelances in product photography but enjoy landscapes, travel and street photography. So I had been looking for a small professional set up to add to my current photo equipment. I chose the A7R because I wanted the capability to print landscape with great detail for clients and my friends. I chose the 35mm as my first lens because it kept the system small and it is currently the ONLY autofocus wide prime lens they have. I had thought about using adapters to use my other lens on the body but that would defeat the reason why I bought a small system the first place. So I tested the A7R with the CZ35mm for two weeks in Japan (also my other lens being a Voightlander Nokton 50mm f1.5 manual focus). I almost never used the Nokton because I thoroughly enjoyed using the CZ35mm for its AF speed, its rendition of colour and its general resolving power. There is some vignetting (which can be managed post process) and colour shifting. The colour shifting is the most tedious to deal with and as a landscape photographer, this problem can be difficult to deal with. I found careful choice of the setting like using Neutral or Vivid in different locations helped this.

The other aspect of disappointment about this lens is the ridiculously designed and made lens hood and cap. The hood is made of two parts simply glued together. In my instance, the glue came apart and I had two separate pieces of plastic through my whole trip in Japan. I resolved this problem by buying a third party rubber hood and lens cap.
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Using this lens on an A7 camera.

This is an initial assessment, as I've only owned the lens/camera combo for a few days now. But I feel I've taken enough shots to give a reasonable first impression.

First, I find the build quality quite high. The lens feels sturdy, and has a good build quality. The fact that it's weather sealed is a bonus that cannot be ignored in this area as well. The focusing ring moves smoothly, and is just shy of being too stiff, which is to say the action is very good but not excellent (for me). Lens hood is well-designed, and its diminutive size keeps you from ever wanting to remove it.
On the A7, this lens is extremely compact, and the couple compares favorably to say, an Olympus E-M1 with the 17mm f1.8 lens. Given this fact, I don't mind that the widest aperture is only 2.8.

The autofocus of the lens is quite fast. While I don't have anything to compare it to on the A7, I will say that in congress, the couple makes quite the speedy pair, especially in good light. When things get dim, it tends to hunt just a bit more, but really not too much. Compared to an Oly E-M5 with the 17mm 1.8, the combo is a bit slow, but not so much that I'm particularly worried about it.

I find the resolution of the lens to be excellent. The center is already very, very good from 2.8, and stopping down to f4 brings it tack sharp. The edges are slightly behind, but not by much, and stopping down will yield very sharp images across the frame.

The vignetting characteristic of the lens is a little on the high side at f2.
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There is not much to say about the lens, you can find plenty of good reviews all over the Internet, DxO, PhotoZone, LensCore have also pretty high scores for the lens. Some people may complain the lens is not fast enough (f/2.8) but I think it's a prefect ratio of the size and speed for the small E-mount cameras. For a wide angle landscape shots you won't even need f/2.8, I would say f/8 is the starting point, if you want something like star effect - f/22 is a good choice. The AF speed is also quite fast on the A7r. I also use this lens on the A6000 as a standard focal distance lens (~52mm), and at f/2.8 it delivers good shallow DoF and a pleasant bokeh.
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superb, sharp lens. I recently also bought the sigma 35mm f1.4 with the sony laea4 adapter, when comparing the 2 on paper. The sigma should be better but the CZ blows it away in sharpeness and over all usability. Its very light, a pleasure to carry around and take pics. Also with the sigma + laea4 combo i noticed a lot of purple fringing.
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I have the Sony a7ii E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor and the Sonnar® T* FE 55 mm F1.8 ZA lens. I LOVE the camera and the lens. I take mostly portraits or people shots of some sort so it's a perfect combination. I sometimes need a little wider angle for a picture so I debated over the Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA and the newer, much more expensive, Distagon T* FE 35 mm F1.4 ZA. I read SO many reviews about both. I am not a pro or a perfectionist, but I take lots of photos and I want great quality and beautiful results. I finally decided on the 2.8 because of price (I got it brand new for $698 when it was on sale recently) and size. I am so happy with this lens!! It is small and light. I drag my camera around with me everywhere and I get GREAT photos with it. I capture natural, everyday human shots with it. I don't know if the lens is perfect or not. I don't care. When I look out into the world, I don't check to see if it's the absolute perfect time of day for a photo or the child's clothes match or the fence post is straight or the sky is the perfect color blue. In the real world, when I'm just looking, my eyes don't search for perfection so I don't examine my photos for technical perfection. This is a very nice lens. I will never know how much better the 1.4 is or how it compares to the 2.8 because I am completely satisfied with the beautiful photos I get with this lens.
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