Rated 5 out of 5 by photocolor Great image quality in a small package
I am using the lens with my a7r. It provides very high image quality even wide open at f2.8, with optimum sharpness around f4 to f/5.6.
The lens does the 36mp camera justice unlike many lenses I tried on a 36mp DSLR (another maker) I used to have. My criteria is finely detailed landscapes being reviewed at 100% pixel-peeping on my 25" monitor.
The lens is excellent not just in sharpness but in overall tonal rendition (color and contrast). The bokeh is usually good, esp. at f/2.8. The lens provides a very pleasing overall effect - sharp but smooth and natural looking.
Being able to get this level of image quality in such a small lens is astounding to me. The build quality seems very good to me - metal plus high quality plastics (not all plastics are created equal).
Not only does the lens work well with autofocus but it is a pleasure to manually focus it as well. I can get exact focus very easily and consistently (which I cannot say of the experience I've had with even the best lenses, AF or manual only, on DSLRs).
December 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Redd Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
The Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA is a prime lenses that is fast, sharp, and provides excellent quality from to edge. Out of all the lenses and different cameras that I've used to the past, I have to say right now 35mm is the best I've seen. I have to say my favorite settings are f2.8, 5.6, and 9. Now I just ordered the Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA, and I will let you know after I spent some time with it, how the two compare side-by-side. I'm thinking that the 35mm be still my personal favorite out of the two.
May 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by kafe Excellent resolution and contrast
Very sharp and contrasty, good color. Vignetting is stronger than I was hopping for, bokeh is a tad nervous. Overall a great leans for the A7/A7R thanks to its tiny size and minimal weight.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jstevensphoto Excellent Lens
The Sony FE 35 f2.8 ZA is a lot of lens in a very small, light weight, yet durable package. I needed a good walk around for my A7R and this lens was perfect. The hood is so small, you forget it is on the lens. The 35mm focal length is ideal for a walk around, especially traveling. The lens itself is tiny, compared to comparable 35mm full frame lenses for a traditional DSLR. Images are spectacular on my A7R. It is made of metal and is weather tight and very durable. Strongly recommend this lens for the A7 or A7R. Shake reduction would be nice, but you can't always have everything, and I think this lens is a great choice, even without shake reduction.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lucky89 Very fine lens
This is an excellent lens. It is light but in no way poorly constructed. Has quite a precision feel. The images with the A7r body are spot on: crisp, sharp, no distortion. Makes a delightful combination. AF is fine.
December 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 820tr Very Fine lens
The Zeiss brand is worth it. Using it on an alpha7R -- a great combination. Little if any post processing sharpening is needed.
May 3, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by racing Build feels cheap
I received my 35mm f/2.8 today, I am rather disappointed in the build quality of this lens. It is VERY light.. which can be useful but also ..to me.. gives me a sense of plastic.. The lens uses a 49mm filter thread and I do beleive that the threads are indeed plastic.. For $800.00 I feel the lens could be better built...sorry Sony
December 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by shooter317 aperture wide open!
This item is one of the best lenses I purchased! Get it.
May 4, 2014