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Sony 35 mm f/1.4G

2 July 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • quite solid body,
  • low distortion level,
  • mild astigmatism,
  • good against the light performance,
  • low vignetting while working on the A100 small sensor,
  • very good focusing motor.

Cons:

  • low picture quality near the maximum relative aperture,
  • very low frame edge picture quality.
  • chromatic aberration too high,
  • perceptible coma,
  • the manual focus ring not very comfortable,
  • very bad price/quality ratio.

Taking into account the results of this test, I am surprised that Sony continues to produce this lens. It would be perhaps better if the lens was buried and forgotten with the late Minolta company. A new lens should be designed - a simpler, smaller and cheaper instrument with 2/35 parameters, which would please the whole crowd of small and big sensors owners. Let’s hope it will happen soon and with this hope we can end for now. The further description of Sony 1.4/35 performance, taking into account its exuberant price, would be like kicking an underdog…

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Sample shots:

Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 5.1 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 4.3 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 4.7 MB
Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 14.5 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 13.2 MB
Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 14.3 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 13.7 MB
Camera: Sony A900
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/60 sec., ISO 400
File: JPG, 6048x4032 pix, 13.7 MB
Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.6 MB
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.4 MB
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.5 MB
Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.0 MB
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2500 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 2.2 MB
Camera: Sony A100
Parameters: 35 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.7 MB




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