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Sony SEL35F28Z FE 35mm f/2.8

Wide-angle prime lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Sony SEL35F28Z FE 35mm f/2.8

One of the big advantages of having a camera that uses Sony's E-mount system is the continued addition of premium lenses from Zeiss. This legendary manufacturer, in partnership with Sony, has introduced yet another "must-have" lens optimized for full-frame cameras like the Sony A7 and A7R. This medium-wide-angle prime, with its bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, is sure to be on a lot of photographer's wish lists.

An ideal match for your compact Sony full frame format E-mount camera

One of the big advantages of having a camera that uses Sony's E-mount system is the continued addition of premium lenses from Zeiss. This legendary manufacturer, in partnership with Sony, has introduced yet another "must-have" lens optimized for full-frame cameras like the Sony A7 and A7R. This medium-wide-angle prime, with its bright f/2.8 maximum aperture, is sure to be on a lot of photographer's wish lists.

With its superb image quality and compact dimensions, this is designed to be a daily-use lens, well-suited to the fast-developing shooting opportunities that travel and social events provide. A maximum aperture of f/2.8 means this lens is up to low-light challenges, while its versatile 35mm focal length gives you ample working distances for wedding photography and interiors, as well as recording vibrant landscapes or just great all-around shooting.

Product Highlights:

  • lens type: E-mount full frame [FE]
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 35mm with full-frame sensor cameras
    • 52.5mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • dust- and moisture-resistant design for shooting in adverse environments
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating reduces lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color
  • 3 double-sided aspheric lens elements to reduce spherical aberrations and provide better image sharpness and clarity
  • internal focusing design maintains overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance
  • minimum focus distance: 13.75"
  • minimum aperture: f22
  • lens construction: 7 elements in 5 groups
  • seven rounded aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 49mm
  • lens is 2-7/16" in diameter and 1-11/16" long
  • weight: 4.3 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps

What's in the Box:

  • SEL35F28Z 35mm F2.8 lens
  • 40.5mm Front lens cap (installed on hood)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH129 Lens hood (installed)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Carl Zeiss Serial No. and inspection certificate

This lens indeed produces sharp images with beautiful bokeh. A good all-round lens choice for travelers.

Tom_d, Virginia

Reviews

Sony SEL35F28Z FE 35mm f/2.8 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Great Sony Lens

Clifton from West Covina, CA on 8/31/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It is very small and light. It is also extremely sharp. Finally, I like the width it provides, perfect for a walk around lens. It is actually an excellent lens that I would strongly recommend to anybody. Good for everyday street photography, portraits. Excellent auto focus, nice color. Quality and portability are amazing.

Pros: sharp,small, well made,weather sealed.

Cons: expensive

Very Impressive

Tom_d from Virginia on 1/14/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This lens indeed produces sharp images with beautiful bokeh. A good all-round lens choice for travelers.

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Features

Optics: The Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (T-Star) FE 35mm F2.8 ZA (SEL35F28Z) wide angle prime lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens has a focal length of 35mm with 35mm full frame cameras like the new A7 (ILCE7 and 7R), and 52.5mm on NEX-series cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. It comes with the ALC-SH129 lens hood, and front and rear lens caps.

Carl Zeiss T* Coating: The SEL35F28Z lens was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss and Sony, and is produced under the strict standards and quality assurance of Carl Zeiss. The Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering that can occur at glass-to-air surfaces.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu. In Direct Manual focus, you can fine-tune the focus by turning the focusing ring after initially auto-focusing. Manual focusing is performed with the focusing ring as well.

Dust/Moisture Resistant: While the SEL35F28Z isn't waterproof, critical areas of the lens exterior have dust- and moisture-resistant seals to help ensure professional reliability in tough environments.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the compact ALC-SH129 cap-type lens hood which matches the lens' compact form. When installed, the lens hood adds only 1/2" to the overall length of the lens. The hood comes out of the box installed on the lens with the 40.5mm diameter lens cap. When the hood is removed, the lens has a 49mm filter diameter. To use the supplied lens cap, you must install the hood, or else purchase a separate 49mm lens cap to use when not using the hood.

Specifications:

Lens Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
Focal Length (35mm) 35mm
APS-C Equivalent 52.5mm
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (including 3 double-sided aspherical elements, for a total of six aspherical surfaces)
Maximum Magnification 0.12x
Angle of View 63° (35mm)
44° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 13.75"
Filter Diameter 49mm (w/o lens hood)
40.5mm (w/ lens hood)
f-stop f/2.8 maximum
f/22 minimum
Aperture 7-blade circular
Weight 10.8 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=2.418", Length=1.676" (2.556" w/lens hood and caps)

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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

A tiny, sharp 35mm prime for Sony full frame mirrorless cameras

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/24/2016 3:48:00 PM

Sony's A7 series cameras give you a full-frame sensor in a compact body, and when paired with this lens you have a great walk-around kit that you'll barely notice is there. The lens is very sharp and renders detail very well, and gives you the moderately wide and super-useful 35mm focal length that is great for all kinds of photography.

Something I really liked was that the lens comes with a clever hood/cap that you can leave on while you're out walking around — just take off the tiny front cap and your lens is protected from bumps while also shading the lens from harsh side light. You can also take it off and use a 49mm screw-on hood if you prefer.

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based on reviews for prime lens to use with full frame sony a7 [ Feroz  Jan 06, 2018 ]
Small, light form factor and image quality is tack sharpe. Accept 49mm filters and the focus ring is very smooth. Focus is very quiet, great in low light conditions. Excellent color and contrast. [ Clifton  Aug 29, 2017 ]
Great lens! Small and compact but very durable. Lens has amazing image quality, very fast focus, and great for walking around and keeping a small profile. [ Derick  Sep 14, 2016 ]
price [ HOANG  Feb 02, 2016 ]
Small size. Favorite focal length. [ Ian  Dec 20, 2015 ]

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