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Sony 35 mm f/1.4G

2 July 2009
Szymon Starczewski

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The full frame f/1.4 instruments with the focal length of about 35 mm are scarce on the market. Sony has, in fact, just one competitor - the Canon 35 L. When you widen the similarity criteria a bit, you can also use the Pentax 1.8/31 for comparison. The pictures and parameters of these three lenses can be seen in the following chart.

Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Build quality


As you see, all these lenses are connected by fastness, moderately wide angle of view, solidity and high price. I must admit I am surprised that the independent manufacturers as well as Nikon and Olympus doesn’t have such an instrument on offer. A lens with this angle of view and so fast is a very universal equipment - you really doesn’t want to stop working with it.

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Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Build quality


As we mentioned before, the quality of the Sony 1.4/35 G is high. A solid metal barrel from one side starts with a metal bayonet and from the other ends with a non-rotating filter thread, 55 mm in diameter (the smallest in its class). In the middle you can find a clear distance scale beneath a glass and a manual focus ring. Although the ring works with due resistance it is completely smooth. A corrugated, bigger ring would be more comfortable here as it would allow more precision. Below the ring, on the left from the distance scale we find also a focus blockade pin (FHB).

Inside the lens body there are 10 lenses in 8 groups. One element is aspherical. In the middle of the system there is a round nine blades aperture, which can be stopped down to f/22.

Sony 35 mm f/1.4G - Build quality

The buyer gets both caps, a soft case and a lens hood.