Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Vs. Sony FE 28mm f/2 Vs. Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f1.4 ZA vs Sony FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6 OSS vs Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm f4 ZA OSS
Costing $1,598, the FE 35mm f1.4 certainly fits into the pro category for photographers demanding the best results from the Sony full-frame A7 series. With excellent optical construction, including three aspherical elements, it’s a pretty hefty lens, however, that measures 112mm in length and weighs 630g. If you’re looking for top-quality low-light shooting, you’ll need all that heavy glass, however, and it helps the FE 35mm f1.4 deliver some excellent results. The “fast” f1.4 aperture is great for working in low-light and the 9-bladed circular aperture will create some attractive background bokeh effects, too. Videographers will also appreciate the “stepless” aperture control that prevents unwanted clicks in the sound.
Achieving a high DxOMark score of 38 points, the FE 35mm f1.4’s performance is excellent and ranks as the second best FE-mount lens we’ve tested. Sharpness and Transmission results are particularly strong, and with decent results in the other Lens Metric categories, it’s an impressive all-round excellent performance from the FE 35mm f1.4. Sharpness at the maximum f1.4 aperture is very good, but if you can close down a stop or two, then outstanding edge-to-edge sharpness is possible. Cheaper FE-mount zoom lenses that also cover 35mm are available, but they don’t offer anything like the same level of sharpness or that “fast” maximum aperture the pros demand.