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Sony - Sonnar T FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Wide-Angle Lens for Most Sony a7-Series Cameras - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 79 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

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    tacoplenty
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    Here's the thing. I'm a lens junkie. Have been since I can remember. There was a long period when I wasn't shooting all that much. along came digital and my addiction resurfaced. I'm not shooting with Sony Nex and A7 cameras. Over the past several years, I've built up a collection of Leica, Minolta, Olympus and Canon lenses. All of them adapted to work on my e-mount cameras. I chose the FE 35mm as I had no native autofocus lenses for my A7 and I have several 50mm lenses already and only one wide angle option a Leica 28mm Elmarit. This Zeiss lens is most likely the best lens in my collection. Auto focus is quick. Color and contrast are excellent. Images require very little adjustment in Lightroom. This lens is a keeper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Ultimate Walk Around Lens

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    dcisive
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    Having been a professional over the last 18 years while there are many opinions on what lens to walk around with on a vacation or just on the street, most professionals agree a 35mm perspective is the ideal. I fully agree. This lens is so very interesting. It is so small and light on a A7RII it's practically a pocket camera, however this is no question a lens that provides professional results. It is sharp wide open, makes NO noise focusing and is just a gem to use for landscapes, close ups of people with superb bokeh (out of focus area aside from the subject) and simply disappears from letting you know it's there regarding weight, as there is none to note. I consider this a "Must Have" for walk around wider use and indoors it proves it mettle to say the least.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A stellar 35

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    ndukyh
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    35mm is a focal length with lots of competition (including from Sony themselves). I grabbed this 35 on an open-box deal for cheaper and used some discounts/gift certificates to sweeten the deal so I bought it for a little over $200 off sticker. At that price it gets 5-stars. At it's MSRP I would say it gets 3.5-4 stars. It really is a great little lens. Very small, very light and very very capable. Tons of photos you can find on my blog at duky.tumblr.com. I used to have the Canon 35mm 1.4L and I will compare it to that: Pros of Sony 35 f2.8: - MUCH smaller and lighter weight - sharper overall (might be because using with A7r II?) Cons of Sony 35 f2.8: - colors don't seem to pop SOOC - f2.8 is weak compared to f1.4 but you still get good bokeh so not complaining too much At full price, I would spend more money and go for the 35 f1.4 probably but with a deal I think this was worth somewhere in the 5-600 range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Lens is HOT!!

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    jbrooks
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    Not like literally hot of course, but if you're an A7 Series owner, this is a must have piece of glass! The quality of the photos is can produce are astounding and almost unbelievable when you think of how small it is. Yes the f/1.4 is amazing with an aperture 2 stops greater, but in a body immensely larger. When this lens is attached to the body of my A7II, I can't even notice it's there. It's possibly the best all around, versatile as heck, small profile native lens available for the camera right now. If you enjoy taking street, architecture, landscapes, and portraits with amazing bokeh, this lens is a must and you won't regret adding it to your kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Keep it simple and SMALL

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    John483945
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    Like many others, I have $$$$$$ dollars invested in one lens or another. By physics, these lens get rather large sometimes depending on what is being done. Sometimes, you just miss the good 'ol days of point and shoot cameras being small. This prime lens does just that for my A7R3 without compromising on image quality. This lens is my go to lens for my A7R3 that is now a great and compact travel camera. The lens is crisp from edge to edge and bokeh is nice. An ideal perfect lens for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    outstanding lens

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    DrDr100
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    I recently bought a Sony a7rii (42MP full frame), and the incredible 55mm prime Zeiss lens. I wanted something in the mild wide angle range, and bought this Zeiss 35mm prime. Everyone raves about the 55mm and its sharpness, but this 35mm is also incredibly sharp, it's a convenient focal length, and nice and small. I just made a panorama with three landscape (horizontal) shots (using hugin) and the result is amazing - when I zoom into the image I can see the lens is giving all the detail the 42MP sensor can record across the whole field of view. This is now my default lens, even in preference to the 55mm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Light, compact, sharp

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    Panda
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    This lens is very sharp and has minimal distortion. Due to the wide angle of view and with the camera set to aperture priority and a small f-stop, (f-11 or higher), you can discreetly capture candid, in-focus shots of people in public places by triggering the shutter via a phone app.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens, Zeiss optics

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    DocOW
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    Great lens with top-quality Zeiss optics that produces sharp images and is compatible with Sony's E-mount system. Other lenses had some "lag" with taking images, but this was not a problem for this lens. f/2.8 is a somewhat narrow field, so keep that in mind when using it. I'm not an expert though. Also much more affordable than the f/1.4 alpha and less bulky than the larger lenses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Amazing Lens

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    PhotographyByTodd
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    This lens is truly exceptional. If you're looking for a low profile lens that is super sharp and pulls true color this lens if for you. It's a bit pricey but don't hesitate to buy it. If you buy a lesser piece of glass you will end up spending more anyway because you won't be pleased with the results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Lens

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    SpiderWayneWLD
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    I liked the lens but found the images just a bit too soft. I'm transitioning from Nikon to Sony so I'm still getting use to the Sony A7SII and A7RII but thought this lens could have been a little sharper. I returned it because I now have other lens's that cover the 35mm focal range and in my opinion does a better job (I bought the 24-77mm G Master Lens and I love it).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this lens

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    CFlo
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    I wanted a lens other then the kit lens for my Sony a7II. I got a good deal from Best Buy because it was an open box item. I am very pleased with the image quality. This lens is a great walk around lens. I use it for landscapes and night photography. I am not a professional photographer, I just enjoy taking photos and this 35mm makes taking photos that much more enjoyable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Walk Around Lens

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    TDad3
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    This is a great lens for street photography and other times when a wide angle lens is necessary. The quality appears excellent. A little heavier than I anticipated, but sufficiently light nonetheless. Very happy with this purchase thus far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great, small lens

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    FedTraveler
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    I bought this open box/excellent online, and while the lens is great and has no major issues and it's really nice and sharp on the A7rII; Best Buy shipped the lens in the original box with no cushioning, so it was bouncing around in there (but inside a padded envelope). I was luck that it was OK, but be aware if buying open box online!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good lense

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    imaqgme
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    I was going to buy the 50 but with this 35 I considered the convenience of it small light weight easy to store and shooting video indoors was the best option for me considering I would be shooting in smaller rooms but at the same time its all around lense from video to pictures good buy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everyday lens

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    FanBoy12
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    This lens is awesome. Very light for street shots and versatile enough for great looking portraits. Probably not as sharp as the more expensive GM lenses but the size makes up for it. Easily a lens that can be in everyone’s bag without bulking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One Trick Pony

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    tah182
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    The lens is great. I can't rave enough about Zeiss quality lenses and how the effect I get from them are just amazing. The low F stop allows for quicker responses and the auto focus is great. However, I just wish the prices were a little better especially since it is just a single distance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Compact Lens

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    SVang
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    Sharp and crispy images. You’ll be pleased of the image quality, build material, and size. If 35 is your focal length, don’t hesitate - if you can afford too. Look at the Samyang 35 as an alternative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great All Around Lens

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    Danielp
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    A heavy price tags for a nice lens. This lens is a great focal length for both FF and crop sensor. It's a great mid range prime lens that allows you to capture a great deal of your shot. Very sharp and fun, this lens is a great compact companion for your Sony-E mount system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Favorite walk around lens!

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    Dch1
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    I use this lens for travel and anytime I want a small, unobtrusive camera setup that is lightweight and doesn’t scream “expensive camera.” Sharp images, low distortion, ideal for Street photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible lens

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    Benjamin
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    I'm not a big photographer, it's just a hobby, but the quality of the shots taken with this lens is astounding. All images are crisp and sharp! Not the best in low light, but that's also due to my inexperience with iso and aperture settings. Overall worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend