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|Filter thread||Front: 55 mm|
|Dimensions (dxl)||Approx. 2.72 x 2.99" (6.9 x 7.6 cm)|
|Weight||1.12 lb (510 g)|
|Format compatibility||35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
|Angle of view||63°
APS-C Picture Angle: 44°
|Maximum reproduction ratio||1:5|
|Focal length||35 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 52.5 mm
|Camera mount type||Sony Alpha, Minolta AF|
|Minimum focus distance||11.81" (30.00 cm)|
To G or not to G is the question and the answer is ... no. The Sony 35mm f/1.4G may offer lots of creative potential thanks to its ultra-large max. aperture but technically it is not an overly impressive lens especially in relation to its very steep price tag.
Yes, it is a bit heavy and expensive for a 35mm, but you get what you pay for. And good glass is heavy. I first played with this lens at the Sony Store here in NY City about three months before I decided I had to have it.
Sharp, fast, quiet
If like me you love the 35mm focal length there are not a lot of options for us A mount full frame shooters. There is expensive and very expensive. I put off getting a 35mm as long as I could.
Light weight, sharp pictures, nice build quality, excellent results
A little slow in low light
I bought my copy of this lens used at a minor discount from new to use as a video lens with my a33. Yes I don't own a FF camera, but I will within the lifetime of my owning this lens hence I'm only buying lens which can be used on both cameras.
The sony 35mm 1.4 G must be their most underrated lens. Granted at 1.4 things look a little hazy. But anything above 1.4 is truly a joy to look at. Best bokeh I have seen from a 35 for a dslr. It is really smooth and creamy. Not to mention at f1.7 or 2.0 This is sharp and lovely.
This lens incorporates traditional Minolta lens design philosophy: emphasize the character and feeling that a lens produces rather than focusing on sheer maximization of micro-contrast. The rendering provided at wide apertures delivers a surreal quality, without any "bite"...almost like watercolors.