Sony 35mm F1.4 G a high-end lens by Sony ranked on DxOMark

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lens Review

This G-series lens, equivalent to the L-series by Canon or DA-series by Pentax, could be placed along the lines of a Konica Minolta 35 mm f/1.4 G. This 35mm lens is fast, with its 1.4 aperture. It has a perfect wide angle for a full frame camera such as a Sony A900 or a Sony A850, this lens is a good 50mm equivalent mounted on a APS-C camera (like an A350, or the latest A580 and SLT A55). A brief review is available here...

Sony 35mm F1.4 G DxOMark short review

Sony 35mm F1.4 G mounted on a Sony A900, fast lens and wide angle

Mounted on the Sony A900, this lens obtains 17 points on the DxOMark score. It is worth noting that other G-series have scored better in the past, for example the Sony Planar T* 85mmf1.4 or the Sony Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM and the very good Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G

Looking at the DxOMark score map, the score remains high up until f4. In low light condition, at 5.6, a photographer will have to increase the ISO and by consequence the noise will impact the global image quality.

On its resolution aspect this lens is very sharp between 2.4 and f8. Resolution suffers a bit on the larger apertures (especially at 1.4). This lack of resolution at 1.4 would explain why this lens does not score as well as the aforementioned Sony lenses.

Sony 35mm F1.4 G mounted on Sony A700, eq 50mm but less fast

Mounted on a Sony A700 the score remains pretty high (12). Resolution is not as good as on the A900 of course, but with 42 lp/mm the score is pretty close to that of other G-series Sony lenses.
Transmission is a bit low: TStop is only 1.7, this sensor does not capture light as well as the A900‘s.

Nevertheless it would be worth noting that other APS-C models have performed worse, for example the TStop measured on the A380 is 2.1, which means that more than 1 EV lost. For more information on Tstop read our F-Stop blues article.

To summarize, the Sony 35mm F1.4G is a very good choice for any photographer with a full frame camera like a Sony A900 or a Sony A850 looking for wide angle and fast lenses. On smaller sensor cameras (APS-C), the global amount remains pretty good; however other choices are available and they might be cheaper.

Related DxOMark lens comparisons

Sony 35mm F1.4 G mounted on Sony A700 vs Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G   mounted on Nikon D300 (please, remember to change the body type).

Sony 35mm F1.4 G mounted on Sony A700 vs Pentax smc 35mm f2.4 AL mounted on Pentax K20D (please, remember to change the body type).

Sony 35mm F1.4 G mounted on Sony A700 vs Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM Canon mounted on Canon EOS 50D (please, remember to change the body type).