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Mar 02, 2015 03:59 |  #1

Since I didn't see a thread for this lens, I thought it was time to start one. ;-)a


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Mar 02, 2015 05:23 |  #2

A bit more info about the lens that most people probably don't know yet.

The electro-mechanical aperture ring can be operated with or without a haptic 'click', which makes it appealing for both stills and video photographers. You can also set the aperture ring to 'A', at which point you can control the aperture via camera dials.

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A stellar new feature in the FE 35mm F1.4 ZA lens is its autofocus motor: it's a Direct Drive SSM (Super Sonicwave Motor), which is based on technology used for in-body image stabilization. Essentially, a piezoelectric element that translates an applied electrical field into mechanical movement is used for precise linear positioning of the focus group. Piezoelectric actuators have been extensively used in many applications for precise, linear positioning, so it's exciting to see applied to autofocus. The small Direct Drive SSM (the horizontal rod with a cap in the picture at bottom right) also allows for a smaller lens barrel than what would have been possible with, say, a ring-type motor.

We were able to try out Sony's '4D' continuous AF with this lens on an A7 II, and it was, frankly, jaw-dropping impressive. As long as our subject stayed within the phase-detect area of the frame, horizontal, vertical, and depth tracking was incredibly accurate, fast, and completely silent for an erratically moving subject. Almost every shot was tack sharp on the intended subject matter at F1.4. In good light, we wouldn't be surprised if this combo gave top-of-the-line DSLRs a run for their money when it comes to continuous AF.

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Launch price according to SonyAlphaRumors: 1699 EUR / 1729 USDexternal link


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Mar 03, 2015 23:32 |  #3

First review:


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Mar 03, 2015 23:36 |  #4

Pre-ordered!

Steve Huff loves it.

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Mar 03, 2015 23:43 |  #5

More reviews/1st thoughts:


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Mar 05, 2015 18:05 |  #6

New full-size images shot with the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F/1.4 ZA over at DPreviewexternal link.


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Mar 05, 2015 21:05 |  #7

thenextguy wrote in post #17459680external link
Pre-ordered!

Steve Huff loves it.

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Yes, I watched Steve's review last night and he really gushed about it. He's got me sold on it.


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Mar 06, 2015 12:37 |  #8

Looks promising. Pre-ordered..!


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Mar 06, 2015 17:15 |  #9

Still have a bit of sticker shock, but went ahead and pre-ordered. Putting my 85L up for sell to finance this, but looking back at my photos, 35mm is the pre-dominant focal length I use, and I suspect that if this is up to par with the 55 1.8, this will be my primary lens for a very long time.


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Mar 06, 2015 18:07 |  #10

I still have a feeling (after looking at the MTF charts) that the Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 will optically be the better lens of the two.


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Mar 06, 2015 22:55 |  #11

jocau wrote in post #17463848external link
I still have a feeling (after looking at the MTF charts) that the Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 will optically be the better lens of the two.

Yeah I much prefer the 35mm FOV though. As optically good as the 55 is, I've always found 50-ish to be somewhat of a boring focal length. I'll keep the 55 either way, as you can't find that type of optical performance out of such a small lens from anyone else except leica.

The big test for me is seeing how this stacks up against the Sigma 35, adapted to the a7r.


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Mar 06, 2015 23:09 |  #12

jocau wrote in post #17463848external link
I still have a feeling (after looking at the MTF charts) that the Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 will optically be the better lens of the two.

My guess is the 55mm will be sharper - it's really hard to beat - but the 35mm appears to render a more pleasing bokeh. It will be fun to see. :)

I couldn't resist and just placed my pre-order (also pre-ordered the 2/28mm and 2.8/90mm).


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Mar 06, 2015 23:18 |  #13

David Arbogast wrote in post #17464085external link
My guess is the 55mm will be sharper - it's really hard to beat - but the 35mm appears to render a more pleasing bokeh. It will be fun to see. :)

I couldn't resist and just placed my pre-order (also pre-ordered the 2/28mm and 2.8/90mm).

From what we've seen in the samples, the bokeh is silky smooth...which is rare for a 35mm lens! particularly one that is so sharp wide open.

From what I've seen so far, that's where the Sony will have an advantage over the Sigma...which can have very erratic out of focus areas.


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Mar 06, 2015 23:35 |  #14

mystik610 wrote in post #17464097external link
From what we've seen in the samples, the bokeh is silky smooth...which is rare for a 35mm lens! particularly one that is so sharp wide open.

From what I've seen so far, that's where the Sony will have an advantage over the Sigma...which can have very erratic out of focus areas.

As a former Zeiss Distagon T* 1.4/35mm ZE (Canon-mount) owner, this new one has a familiar look, even down to the CA in the bokeh. It is likely a similar basic design. The ZE lens has a gorgeous bokeh, much better than the Sigma (but not as sharp). But, I prefer a very sharp lens with an awesome bokeh to an awesomely sharp lens with a nervous bokeh. I saw one person characterize its rendering as "filmic". That is exactly what I want in a 35mm f/1.4.

There is one way this new Zeiss 35mm looks improved over the ZE version: it appears to have better contrast at f/1.4. The ZE suffered just a bit of veiling haze wide-open. The Otus 55mm's image quality at f/1.4 spoiled me rotten and I eventually sold the 35mm ZE.


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Mar 06, 2015 23:56 |  #15

mystik610 wrote in post #17464075 (external link)
Yeah I much prefer the 35mm FOV though. As optically good as the 55 is, I've always found 50-ish to be somewhat of a boring focal length. I'll keep the 55 either way, as you can't find that type of optical performance out of such a small lens from anyone else except leica.

The big test for me is seeing how this stacks up against the Sigma 35, adapted to the a7r.

I'm the other way around. I'm more of a tele guy. I've not played around that much with a focal length of 35mm (full-frame terms). However the times I did, I found it very difficult to get interesting shots. With a tele lens it's often a piece of cake since you can easily isolate your subject thanks to the narrow depth of field. Much less distractions noticeable.

David Arbogast wrote in post #17464085 (external link)
My guess is the 55mm will be sharper - it's really hard to beat - but the 35mm appears to render a more pleasing bokeh. It will be fun to see. :)

I couldn't resist and just placed my pre-order (also pre-ordered the 2/28mm and 2.8/90mm).

I'm thinking the Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 Macro G OSS will be a much tougher competitor for the Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 when it comes down to sharpness although Zeiss has a secret weapon down its sleeves (micro-contrast).

mystik610 wrote in post #17464097 (external link)
From what we've seen in the samples, the bokeh is silky smooth...which is rare for a 35mm lens! particularly one that is so sharp wide open.

From what I've seen so far, that's where the Sony will have an advantage over the Sigma...which can have very erratic out of focus areas.

There's one image taken with the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F/1.4 ZA which I really like:

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Not my image though, just found it on the internet. It doesn't get more 3D than that. :lol:

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