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serhan

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Photozone review: http://www.photozone.de/sonyalphaff/865-zeiss35f28ff
DXO Review: http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Sony-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-FE-35mm-f2.8-ZA-lens-review-Model-behavior
Review on A7: http://erphotoreview.com/wordpress/?p=4125

Couple of my shots:
ILCE-7R    FE 35mm F2.8 ZA    35mm    f/5.0    1/160s    ISO 100


ILCE-7R    FE 35mm F2.8 ZA    35mm    f/5.0    1/60s    ISO 1250


ILCE-7R    FE 35mm F2.8 ZA    35mm    f/2.8    1/60s    ISO 2000
 

JudyM

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Nothing really special, just watching the sunrise and trying the lens out.

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serhan

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Roger at lensrentals posted his review:
Sony A7R: A Rising Tide Lifts All the Boats?

Just in case you missed that, the Sony A7R with 35mm f/2.8 lens shot at f/2.8 outresolved the Nikon D800e with either the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G shot at f/4 or the Zeiss 50mm f/2 shot at f/5.6. Stopped down to f/4 to even the playing field, the Sony was clearly higher. In fact, the only lens-camera combinations we’ve seen with that kind of MTF50 is the Zeiss Otus 55mm mounted to a D800e.
 

eno789

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Sunol Regional Wilderness, California.

Buttercups






Blue Dicks 1


Blue Dicks 2


You can see, the bokeh is just fine. Great combo for hiking, when you want both lightweight and high IQ.
 

Hawkman

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Question: Just wondering, as I deal with another wave of lens GAS, which is "better" on an APS-C E-mount camera, the Sony E 35mm f/1.8 or the Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8? I've heard and seen such good things about both.

Just guessing, I suppose I'd expect the E 35 to perhaps be a tad better in lower light due to the f-stop advantage, but the FE 35 to be sharper overall. In other words, is the FE 35 worth the US$300 premium on APS-C if you value low-light ability?

(Oh, who am I kidding... neither are within my busted budget at the moment. But it's always good to hear the experience of others.)
 

NkedFatWhiteGuy

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I don't own either, but tried them side by side on a NEX 6 in a local shop a couple of weeks ago.

I was surprised by how much better the E seemed over the Zeiss. Granted, it wasn't the best comparison, but enough of one to surprise me quite a bit! As a point of order, I went in to get my hands on the Zeiss for a very similar case of GAS (which has passed for the moment).

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mattia

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The FE on crop becomes a fairly full 50mm 2.8 equivalent with even deeper DOF. On FF it's a really great little lens.
 

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WoodWorks

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Well, DxO says the 35mm f/2.8 is actually superior in resolution on the NEX-7 compared to the 35mm f/1.8.
Which is why NkedFatWhIteGuy's reaction to is so surprising to me. Of the Sony lenses that I've owned, it's by far the best performer. Of course, I've never had a chance to shoot with the 55 f1.8.
 

MAubrey

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Which is why NkedFatWhIteGuy's reaction to is so surprising to me. Of the Sony lenses that I've owned, it's by far the best performer. Of course, I've never had a chance to shoot with the 55 f1.8.
Yeah, I don't know. Maybe sample variation (either DxO has a weaker 35mm f/1.8 or NkedFatWhiteGuy used a weaker 35mm f/2.8)?
 
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