Overall Rating:


Sony Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZA



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Richard Sibley tries out Sony’s fastest FE lens for the Alpha 7-series full-frame compact system cameras

Test results: Distortion and vignetting


Distortion is very low indeed; our tests show a little barrel-type in the images, but you’ll be hard pushed to spot it in real-world use.

Sony Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 distortion

Distortion is well-controlled, with just the merest hint of barrel-type visible (TV SMIA = -0.4%)


As is typical of a fast prime for full-frame cameras, vignetting is rather pronounced, reaching a maximum of almost two stops wide open. The falloff profile is also somewhat abrupt into the corners of the frame, making it very visible in real-world shots.  Stopping down to f/2.8 reduces the effect significantly.

Shading at f/1.4

Vignetting is very pronounced at f/1.4

Shading f/2

Vignetting is reduced at f/2. but still very abrupt in the corners

Shading f/2.8

Stopping down to f/2.8 removes most of the vignetting

Shading at f/4

At f/4 vignetting has mostly gone; stopping down further has little extra effect

  • Focal length: 35mm
  • Aperture range: f/1.4 - f/16
  • Filter thread: 72mm
  • Optical construction: 12 elements / 8 groups
  • Dimensions: 78mm x 112mm
  • Weight: 630g

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