Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Gets Gold Award at DPReview (92% Overall Score)

DPReview published the Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens review and test results: the new Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens gets an impressive 92% overall score and Gold Award from the experts at DPReview.

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Key Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two XA Elements, One ED Element
  • Nano AR II and Fluorine Coatings
  • Dual XD Linear AF Motors, Internal Focus
  • Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm

What we like:

  • Really impressive sharpness, even at widest apertures
  • Smooth bokeh
  • Excellent build quality
  • Reasonably compact size
  • Useful close-focus distance
  • Very nice sunstars
  • Highly resistant to flare and distracting ghosting artifacts
  • Distortion is well-controlled

What we don’t:

  • Longitudinal chromatic aberration (LoCA) can be an issue
  • Lots of focus breathing
  • Autofocus not as fast as other options

Conclusion from DPReview:

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is a fantastic option for photographers of all types who are looking for a high-quality, fast 35mm option for Sony E-mount. It’s sharp wide-open, has beautifully smooth bokeh, and is built well but won’t weigh you down. Some color fringing in challenging situations at wider apertures is the only significant knock against this versatile lens.

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens: $1,398 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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