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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
- Lens not Zoomable
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH129|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Included Components||front lens cap, rear lens, cap, lens hood, lens ca|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 1.46 inches|
|Item Display Weight||4.23 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.26 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.35 m|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.5 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was torn between this and the 55mm version. I purchased this one due to the smaller size and travel weight, although the mainstream opinion suggested that the 55mm is sharper. Read morePublished 18 days ago by IrixGuy
There is much disagreement regarding what the ideal focal length is in the somewhat wider end. On a FF A7RII Sony I have I can say it IS the ideal focal length for complete walk... Read morePublished 21 days ago by L. Rothman
Perfect little travel lens; 35mm on a full frame is about as close as you get to how you perceive a scene if you were standing there in person. Read morePublished 22 days ago by mwayne
Very decent for everyday photos, not for exceptionally eye catching photos. Very nice overall lens.Published 28 days ago by Aneli
Awesome lens on the A7R. It produces super sharp images. The only time I take it off my camera is to put on the equally awesome 55mm f1.8. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eldon Shea
Just got the lens and still reviewing it though it's worth noting a few things. It may save some others some confusion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NYR