I’ve recently been shooting with the Sony 35mm ƒ/1.4 ZA prime lens (on the Sony a7r iii body). I’m in the process of writing up a more detailed review to post separately, but in the meantime, here are some sample images I’ve taken with it to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting. I’ve chosen a range of subjects and conditions and apertures in these examples.
But first, here’s a quick summary of some of the Sony 35mm ƒ/1.4 ZA’s key features. Not that any Sony E-mount lenses are cheap, exactly, but the Sony 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens is on the premium end of their range. Its formal name is the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens. It’s an E-mount lens designed for Sony full-frame sensors; if you put it on a camera with an APS-C sized sensor, you’ll get the equivalent of a 52.5mm focal length.
And it’s fast, with a maximum aperture of ƒ/1.4 that makes it especially good for low-light shooting or when you’re after a very shallow depth of field. The 35mm prime focal length gives a slightly wider-than-normal perspective that’s very versatile for travel photography and photojournalism. The lens is constructed in such a way to make it resistant to moisture and dust. And it uses high-quality Zeiss optics.
I’ve also posted some examples with the 50mm lens in the same high-end Sony range, the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens. If you’d like to compare, you can find those sample images here.
Sample Images Taken with a Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
These were all taken on a Sony a7r iii mirrorless body. Most of them have only been minimally processed in Lightroom without any extra sharpening or lens profile corrections such as distortion correction or chromatic aberration. A few of them have been processed in NIK Color Efex Pro as well.
I’ve tried to include a range of apertures, focus distances, and scenes. If you’d like a closer look, you can click on each image to open a full-size version.
Price & Availability
Check the current price and availability of the Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens at:
It comes with a dedicated lens hood. If you need a replacement or spare, the model number is ALC-SH137.
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by David Coleman
I'm a professional freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. More »
I take photos and travel. I do it for a living. Seven continents. Dozens of countries. Up mountains. Under water. And a bunch of places in between. Based in Washington DC.