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Sony / Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Sonnar

Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA Sonnar Introduction

At a featherweight 136 grams with lens hood and lens cap, the 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar is about as light as it gets for a full-frame lens, something made possible in part by designing for mirrorless without the mirror box constraints of a DSLR. But also by virtue of its very modest f/2.8 aperture.

It’s possible that the lens performance will be as good as the 35mm f/2 Sonnar found in the Sony RX1R, since the loss of one stop allows a higher degree of correction with less strenuous optical efforts

The lens has only seven elements as compared with the Zeiss ZF.2 35mm f/2 Distagon for DSLRs. The difference of two elements is significant because it implies a lower level of correction at the same max aperture. However, being a full stop slower (f/2.8 vs f/2), and a new design optimized for mirrorless use, there is a very good chance that it will outperform the stop-faster DSLR lens.

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