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Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE Lens Reviews Roundup

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The Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA is a wide-angle prime lens for the new Sony A7 and A7r full-frame mirrorless cameras. First reviews are now available from several photography sites for the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE lens.

Leica Boss, PhotographyBlog and DearSusan has posted their review for the Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/35 ZA lens that offers a fixed 35mm focal length and bright f/2.8 aperture. The lens features seven elements in five groups including three double-sided aspherical elements to minimize aberration, and is dust- and moisture-resistant.

Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE Lens Reviews Roundup


See below for the conclusion.

From Leica Boss review :

“That problem is some significant color shifts that are in a bizarro “target” pattern that can make correction an absolute nightmare.” It can be fixed “with some effort by using Adobe Labs “Flat Field” plugin for Lightroom“. But overall you shouldn’t be worried because “In the vast majority of images, this color shift will not be visible.

From DearSusan review :

Although much of the Zeiss DNA is present (fantastic optics, crappy lens cap ) there is also a touch of modern Leica fluidity in this lens. Fantastic sharpness and clarity are delivered with the mellow smoothness that makes my eyes water. This is the antithesis of the Distagon 21/2.8 and its ruthless scrutiny into every detail and occasional harshness (don’t hate me ).

From PhotographyBlog conclusion :

At f/2.8 it may not be as bright as some people might wish, but at a mere 120g and 3.6cms in length, it makes for a very portable full-frame package when mounted on the A7/A7R, delivering great image quality with the minimum of fuss, including some lovely bokeh effects when shooting wide-open.

Sony A7 and A7r Availability

Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens is currently priced for $798.

Sony A7 Body Only Amazon | Adorama |ebay
Sony A7 w/ FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens Amazon | Adorama |ebay
Sony A7R Body Only Amazon | Adorama |ebay
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Lens Amazon | Adorama |ebay