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

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Sony Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZA

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Sony Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm f/1.4 ZA review

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£1,450.00
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Test results: Distortion and vignetting

Distortion

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%)

Vignetting

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

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Image quality
  4. 4. Test results: MTF (Sharpness)
  5. 5. Test results: Distortion and vignetting
  6. 6. Conclusion
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