David Hwang's reviews

  • Sony 35mm f/1.4 G SAL-35F14G

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    35mm with f1.4 aperture, build quaility

    I used to use Canon EOS 5D. I really loved 24-105L, which I think is a great lens except for its distortion characteristics.

    But when using prime lenses, 5D was really stressful because the focus was so inconsistent under fluorescent light. So I sold it out, and I'm using a900 now and satisfied.

    Anyway, I really like using 35mm prime on FF,
    but Sony/Minolta lens line-up is not best for that.
    Discontinued Minolta 35mm f2 is too expensive,
    making Sony 35 f1.4 G look comparatively cheaper.
    (I'm talking about used-market price level.)
    If there was cheaper Sony 35mm f2, I would have bought it.That was the reason why I bought Sony 35mm f1.4G. There was no alternative as the review says.

    -Ah, I have to say this. In Korea, the used-market price of Sony DSLRs and lenses dramatically drops when you sell it after buying new one while those of Canon retain very high level of used-market price.

    I was really hesitating before buying it, because all
    the reviews that I checked (Photozone, Lenstip, SLRgear and other reviews)
    say the same thing. "We don't recommend it."

    But I ventured to buy it, and I'm very satisfied, fortunately.

    Those reviews are talking about poor sharpness of this lens, but upon using it, I feel that the sharpness itself is not that bad, the contrast is low though.
    It's sharp enough for most applications.

    Build quality is good, even after considering its price tag.

    Focus is fast enough, but you need watch out its extreamly shallow DoF.

    Sony 35mm f1.4 G is very recommendable for those who wants a good 35mm prime.

    One other thing.
    I totally agree to what Jerome, a previous reviewer,
    said. "this lens only make sense on a full frame camera."

    For APS-C users, I think sigma 30mm f1.4 is a better choice in terms of its focal lenth and its price.
    And you all might know that Sony will release a 35mm f1.8 DT lens soon.

    Since there are only two 35mm f1.4 lens with AF,
    (Canon L & Sony G)
    I think it's inevitable to compare these lenses.

    I've seen a review in a Japanese magazine saying that Minolta 35mm 1.4 G(Sony just redesigned it)
    outperforms the Canon 35mm f1.4 L when tested on film. On digital SLR, however, Canon L is an obvious winner as many reviews show.

    But it is very interesting to note that Sony(or Minolta) 35mm f1.4 G on Sony DSLR is the only way to use that much fast and wide prime with an anti-handshake method.

    reviewed August 25th, 2010 (purchased for $1,000)