Summary: The sony 35mm 1.4 G must be their most underrated lens. Granted at 1.4 things look a little hazy. But anything above 1.4 is truly a joy to look at. Best bokeh I have seen from a 35 for a dslr. It is really smooth and creamy. Not to mention at f1.7 or 2.0 This is sharp and lovely. I gave it a 4 out of 5 only because at 1.4 the image looks a little hazy. But after 1.7 it's gone.
MickyDeeNYC DanOrtego Simaosig MarieCanton MarieCanton, Sony
30 June 2013
Summary: Yes, it is a bit heavy and expensive for a 35mm, but you get what you pay for. And good glass is heavy. I first played with this lens at the Sony Store here in NY City about three months before I decided I had to have it. Now, half the time when I go out shooting, this is the lens that's on my Alpha 77. It's bright and fast. It's everything I could want in a top quality pro-level 35mm lens.
Excerpt: all around beautiful lens. it gives a very natural perspective. i primarily shoot weddings, and i was looking for a relatively wide fixed lens with great bokeh and low lens distortion. Jackpot! Now when I shoot weddings this lens stays on my a850 and the 70-200 2.8G stays on my a77. I have used the 24-70 2.8 zeiss lens for years, and it is fantastic. however, i wanted a fixed lens with less distortion, and this was the perfect addition to my arsenal.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction, Super Low Distortion
Summary: If like me you love the 35mm focal length there are not a lot of options for us A mount full frame shooters. There is expensive and very expensive. I put off getting a 35mm as long as I could. I started to pick up the new Sigma 35mm 1.4 but decided since the Sony version would support AF-D I would just to get a nice used Sony version from KEH. The biggest reason I wanted a prime was the fact I have given up on compacts for awhile.
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G SAL-35F14G review by edwardkaraa
5 February 2011
Summary: This lens is much better that what the MTF make you believe. It has obviously not been designed for macro work, so results up close are not very sharp, though quite artistic. At infinity, it is very sharp across the frame by f/5.6 and is very suitable for landscapes. There is a dip in resolution in the mid frame, probably due to field curvature, but it is barely visible at small apertures.
Pros: Center and corner sharpness, bokeh, 3D, color, size.
Cons: Price, resolution dip in zone B, above average corner CA.
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G SAL-35F14G review by David Hwang
David Hwang, slrgear.com
25 August 2010
Summary: I used to use Canon EOS 5D. I really loved 24-105L, which I think is a great lens except for its distortion characteristics. But when using prime lenses, 5D was really stressful because the focus was so inconsistent under fluorescent light. So I sold it out, and I'm using a900 now and satisfied. Anyway, I really like using 35mm prime on FF, but Sony/Minolta lens line-up is not best for that.
Summary: Seeing the SLRGear test of this lens, I had to post a review of my own. First things first: this lens only make sense on a full frame camera. If you have an APS-C camera, get something else. This is a lens for which an optical test will not tell the whole story. I certainly agree with the test from SLRGear, but one has to put the tests into perspective. There aren't that many f/1.4 35mm lenses on the market.
Pros: nice bokeh, no coma
Cons: chromatic aberrations, resolution is lower in mid-field than in the corners
Sony 35mm f/1.4 G SAL-35F14G review by touristguy87
21 July 2010
Summary: This is a decent lens, mostly plastic yet decently-made. Not great, not bad. I got one for $300 from a mall store that didn't know what to do with it. Returned it a few days later. It wasn't sharp enough and fast enough to be worth the trouble. Yes you can generate bokeh with it but not much of a 3D effect if any.
Good lens for interior portrate shots, & video (APS-C)
G. Powell, Amazon
31 October 2008
Summary: I bought my copy of this lens used at a minor discount from new to use as a video lens with my a33. Yes I don't own a FF camera, but I will within the lifetime of my owning this lens hence I'm only buying lens which can be used on both cameras. I also have a 50mm F1.7 Minolta lens which I like a lot but I'm shooting some videos inside and with this camera the more light the better for inside. I've also got the Sony 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 which I love for vacations.
Summary: This lens incorporates traditional Minolta lens design philosophy: emphasize the character and feeling that a lens produces rather than focusing on sheer maximization of micro-contrast. The rendering provided at wide apertures delivers a surreal quality, without any "bite"...almost like watercolors. The smaller (and cheaper, if you can find it) Minolta 35mm f/2 will deliver an edge in sharpness at f/2, but it does so in a more clinical fashion...and it won't go to f/1.4.