Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Lens Review: Another triumph of sharpness for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras


posted Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:10 AM EDT


We've just posted our Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens review, and like the Sony FE 55mm we reviewed earlier, this is another very solid performer from folks at Sony and Carl Zeiss! This full-frame E-mount lens was announced alongside the Sony A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras serving as a compact, high-quality and relatively fast wide-angle prime lens. The new 35mm f/2.8 features equally impressive specs such as three double-sided aspherical elements, Zeiss's T* coatings for ghosting and flare control, a 7-bladed rounded aperture all surrounded by a solid-feeling, dust- and moisture-resistant metal barrel.

Our tests show this 35mm f/2.8 lens produces outstanding results in pretty much all categories, particularly with sharpness. It's up there as one of the best prime lenses we've ever tested. Although vignetting is noticeable and there's a bit of corner softness, particularly when shooting on full-frame cameras at wider apertures, we think the other performance characteristics handily outweigh these factors. The Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 gives shooters excellent, general purpose, wide-angle focal length perspective that's great for travel and street photography as well as portraits or general all-around shooting.

Jump on over to SLRgear to read our full Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens review to see our test results and read our final verdict.

This fast, rugged and very compact prime lens is currently available for a very reasonable $798 at Amazon, Adorama, and B&H, and includes front and rear lens caps and a bayonet-mount lens hood. By purchasing this lens, or any other product, at one of our trusted affiliates, you help keep these reviews coming!

In the meantime, check out some sample photos below taken by Rob, our lens technician, with the lens mounted on the Sony A7R. You can view more sample photos, plus download the full-resolution files, over at our Flickr page.