(P)REVIEW: SONY FE 35MM F1.4 GM

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM product shot

Sony has a new standard lens with a fixed focal length of 35 mm ready. The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM belongs in the award-winning range of G Master lenses, which combine superior image quality with compact dimensions and low weight.

Click on the lens for specifications, prices and test results.


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TEST RESULTS Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM:

PROS

CONS

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The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is already Sony’s fifth lens with this focal length, and it should be the best ever.

Sony is steadily expanding the lens range for its system cameras. Years ago, the company opted for the “One Mount” strategy, in which one lens mount serves on all cameras, from the inexpensive system cameras with crop sensors to the professional video cameras. Meanwhile, 59 lenses with the Sony F mount have already been released, of which 38 have the full-frame FE mount.

35mm is a popular focal length for reportage and street photographers because you get just a little more in frame than with a 50mm lens but without the distortion you risk with wider fields of view. A 35mm is also perfect for a portrait in a busy environment. A large aperture then helps to separate your subject from the background and to create a pleasant background blur (the bokeh).

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is part of Sony’s G Master series. This consists of high-quality lenses with excellent image quality, which are nevertheless light and relatively compact. According to Sony, the FE 35mm F1.4 GM is designed according to the example of the award-winning FE 24mm F1.4 GM. We have not yet been able to test the new lens, but if it scores as well as the FE 24mm F1.4 GM, Sony users will again have a phenomenal lens. The lens will be available in February and will cost €1,700.

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM

BUILD AND OPERATION

Like all G Master lenses, the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is dust- and splash-proof. The use of metal and high-quality plastic ensures that you can also use the lens in challenging conditions. It weighs 524 grams and is only a few millimeters longer than the FE 24mm F.

It has a broad focus ring and a switch to change between autofocus and manual focus. Closer to the mount is an aperture ring with positions for each third stop between F1.4 and F16. If desired, the aperture can also be made infinitely variable (declick) so that it can be made larger and smaller smoothly and silently – an advantage for videographers. A focus lock button completes the physical controls.

IMAGE QUALITY

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM includes many special lens elements and glass types. Two XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements are ground with an accuracy of up to 0.01 micron. They contribute to high resolution. An ED (extra-low dispersion) lens element reduces chromatic aberration.

The lens has a diaphragm with eleven rounded blades, which should provide a nice background blur. The aspherical elements ensure that there are no “onion rings” visible in circular light sources in the background.

Autofocus

The lens contains two XD Linear focus motors. These use an electromagnetic drive to move the large focusing element quickly, accurately and silently. The lens thus offers a reliable and usable autofocus for both photo and video. Videographers who prefer to focus manually will be delighted with the linear response focus ring.

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM can focus up to 25 cm (with manual focus) or 27 cm (with autofocus). The magnification factor is 0.23x – still far from the real macro range, but it can be used for close-up shots of not-too-small objects.

 Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM
 specifications
  
field of view (diag)x°x’
sensor formatx
min. setting distancexxx cm
filter diameterxx
diaphragm bladesx
image stabilizerx
dimensions (dxl)x – x mm
weight524 gr
mountx
particularsx
importerSony Benelux
list price€ 1700.00
  
resolution/10
contrast/10
chromatic aberration/5
distortion/5
vignetting/5
autofocus/5
flare/5
finish/10
  
final score

ConclusiON: REVIEW Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM 

We have not yet been able to test the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM lens ourselves. As soon as we receive a copy, we will supplement this article with our experiences.

We have not yet been able to test the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM lens ourselves. As soon as we receive a copy, we will supplement this article with our experiences.


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