|f/1.4 – f/16|
|78.5 x 112.0 mm|
Min Focusing Distance
Number of aperture blades
|12 / 8|
We tried out the Sony Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F1.4 lens for the Sony mirrorless E-mount, which we used with the Sony a7RII and the a7II.
The lens features a sleek, black metal construction that is rated to be dust and water resistant. Weighing at 630g or 1.39lb, it has a bit of heft and feels solid in the hands.
It is also a bit bulky. Without its lens hood, it is similar to the size of the Zeiss Batis 85mm lens with the lens hood attached.
We took many photos at f1.4 to see what the lens is capable of at the widest aperture. The lens is a little soft at f1.4 if pixel peeping, but with a small bit of post-processing, individual eyelashes pop out and look quite sharp.
The lens has the Zeiss T* coating, which controls flare very well in backlit situations. However, there is some loss of contrast when shooting into the sun, as well as some possible color fringing.
Under extreme conditions, it will flare more strongly.
The minimum focusing distance is 30cm or 0.98ft, which means it can get up very close and personal. This can be a great perspectives with young kids.
Background blur is very smooth and pleasing, even with a lot of foliage in the scene.
There is noticeable vignetting until about f4, which is correctable. We often leave it uncorrected for portraits.
The depth-of-field is quite shallow at f1.4, which can be great for environmental portraits.
35mm is wide enough to get a lot of the background, and it is a common reportage focal length.
The focal length requires you to be up close when taking photos, which gives a wonderfully intimate perspective.
- Silent, accurate and fast autofocus
- Sharp in the mid region wide open at f1.4
- Very sharp across the frame when stopped down a bit
- Smooth background blur
- Good colors and rendering
- Very expensive at $1600
- Somewhat heavy and large
- Vignetting at wider apertures
- Can have a noticeable amount of chromatic aberration
With the combination of good flare resistance, sharpness wide open, and slightly wider field of view, it’s a great lens for taking environmental portraiture, when we want to include the beauty of the background in the photo. However, unless you truly love the 35mm focal length and shoot a lot indoors under low light conditions to make use of the f1.4, it might be a bit large and heavy yet without the flexibility of smaller lenses for everyday use.