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Industry News: Sony announces the FE 35mm F1.4 GM

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SAN DIEGO, CA – January 13, 2020 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the FE 35mm F1.4 GM (model SEL35F14GM) – the newest addition to its acclaimed G Master full-frame lens series– delivering first-class image quality and beautiful bokeh in a compact and lightweight design. When paired with an E-mount camera body, the lens offers Sony’s industry-leading AF (autofocus) capabilities – perfect for a wide range of uses such as shooting landscapes, portraits and street photography, for both stills and video.

“At Sony, our purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology so we designed the FE 35mm F1.4 GM to perfectly capture the moments that need to be saved forever,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “With exquisite resolution and intelligent focusing technology, all in a small, lightweight design, this is an indispensable lens that does not compromise on image quality.”

Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM at Adorama $1398

Outstanding Resolution In A Compact Lens

Sony’s advanced optical design and manufacturing technology brings extraordinary resolution, beautiful bokeh, and precise focusing performance to a compact lens that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, weighing just 18.5 ounces (524 grams) and measuring  3 inches dia. x 3 ⅞ inches (76 mm dia. x 96 mm) with a filter diameter of Φ67mm. The FE 35mm F1.4 GM features advanced optical technology that delivers stunning contrast and superb resolution. Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements effectively maintain excellent resolution throughout the image area. Thanks to an ED glass element and other optical refinements, the new FE 35mm F1.4 GM performs well in difficult lighting by effectively suppressing chromatic aberration and purple fringing for breathtaking results.

Beautiful Bokeh

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM delivers an almost circular aperture thanks to its 11-blade construction – a rare level of quality for a compact lens. Spherical aberration control at both the design and the manufacturing stages contributes to beautiful bokeh – a signature characteristic of Sony’s G Master lens lineup.

Two innovative XA elements contribute to impressive close-ups with smooth, creamy background bokeh. The combination of F1.4 maximum aperture and the flexibility to choose the perfect shooting distance (minimum focusing distance of just 10.6 inches (27cm) with a maximum magnification of 0.23x in autofocus mode) allows for ultimate control and stunning bokeh when shooting both stills and video.

Advanced Focus For Enhanced Imagery

Two of Sony’s XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors provide the high thrust efficiency needed for precise AF (autofocus) and tracking – resulting in outstanding resolution at any distance. State-of-the-art control algorithms, developed specifically for the XD Linear Motors, improve control response and precision while minimizing vibration and noise for fast, smooth and silent AF performance.

Advanced focusing can also be achieved when shooting at a high frame rate.

Linear Response MF ensures the focus ring responds to subtle control when focusing manually and is ideal for creative focusing effects when shooting video. The focus ring rotation translates directly to a corresponding change in focus, so control feels immediate and precise.

FE 35mm F1.4 GM

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM offers full professional control including an aperture ring with switchable click stops, a customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch that all support smooth, efficient operation. The focus hold button can be assigned to several other functions via a camera body menu, providing direct access to functions that are vital to both photographers and videographers.

When mounted to an APS-C or Super 35 camera, the compact and lightweight FE 35mm F1.4 GM can be used as a standard lens equivalent to 52.5mm full-frame equivalent angle of view, making it the perfect choice for creating videos. Additional video advantages include the de-clickable aperture, fast linear AF and linear response manual focus.

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM features a dust and moisture resistant[i] design and a fluorine front element coating that repels water, oil and other contaminants.

Pricing And Availability

The new FE 35mm F1.4 GM will be available in February and will be sold for approximately $1,399.99 USD and $1,899.99 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new lens and Sony’s other imaging products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony α – Alpha brand.

Learn more about the FE 35mm f/1.4 G series lens at Adorama

jd7

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As soon as I posted, I saw Jared Polin had a video up with precisely this lens comparison, and TBH, I'm now feeling a little jealous of Sony shooters.
Give me a Sigma 24-70/2.8 DN, Tamron 70-200/2.8, this new Sony 35/1.4 and a Samyang 85/1.4 and I'd pretty happy! Although if I had that set up, I'm sure I'd still be eying a Samyang 18/2.8 for the occasional ultra wide shot ... and a Sigma 100-400 DN ... and perhaps a Samyang 45/1.8 or Sony 55/1.8 ... :) OK, I'm getting far too carried away!
 
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padam

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Gordon Laing's comparison

The Sigma 35 1.2 DG DN is outclassed by the Sony 35 1.4 GM (wasn't a bad lens to start with, but just shows how they can push things even further, if they specifically design a lens for Sony)
I like fast glass, but unless the Sigma becomes a lot cheaper, there isn't much reason to go for 3rd party in this case.
Sony may have found a sweet spot and the Canon RF 35 1.2 may be considered too big, heavy and expensive by some people when it comes out. (although I think it will be smaller and optically better than the Sigma, but with a big price difference)
 

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Gordon Laing's comparison

The Sigma 35 1.2 DG DN is outclassed by the Sony 35 1.4 GM (wasn't a bad lens to start with, but just shows how they can push things even further, if they specifically design a lens for Sony)
I like fast glass, but unless the Sigma becomes a lot cheaper, there isn't much reason to go for 3rd party in this case.
Sony may have found a sweet spot and the Canon RF 35 1.2 may be considered too big, heavy and expensive by some people when it comes out. (although I think it will be smaller and optically better than the Sigma, but with a big price difference)

The thing that surprised me in his review is that he mentioned that the Sigma hunted a bit to the focusing process. I thought Sony had made available their AF protocols, so now I'm wondering if Sony developed AF algorithms that are only available to Sony. Sony cameras have smaller increments of improvement with newer generations, and I'm wondering if Sony is differentiating its lenses with 3rd party options by using different algorithms to get more lens market share... or Sigma messed up in implementing its AF for the lens.

For Nikon and Canon, f/1.2 is the new f/1.4. I see them sticking to f/1.2 for as many focal lengths as its feasible to differentiate their offerings against Sony's. It almost seems like Sony's products are designed to beat the EF lens lineup, whereas the battle lines have moved to GM vs. RF.
 

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Lenstip got an early version and have just posted a rave review. It's a spectacular lens.