Sony's 35mm F1.4 G Master Lens Is Ideal for Video and Still Shooters

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The rumored 35mm F1.4 G Master lens is official. 

Sony's new FE 35mm F1.4 GM offers full-frame coverage and is designed for E-mount cameras. With a de-click aperture, it's ideal for video and still shooters alike. 

Optically, it is constructed with two XA (extreme aspherical) elements for edge-to-edge sharpness, while a separate ED (extra-low dispersion) element minimizes chromatic aberration. The 11-blade aperture will produce a near-circular bokeh. Its F1.4 maximum aperture is one of the fastest available.

For perspective, Sigma offers a 35mm F1.4 DG HSM (which is being updated), Tamron has a 35mm F2.8 DI III OSD, and Sony has it's own FE 35mm F1.8

The FE 35mm F1.4 GM is fully compatible with Sony's fast autofocus system. Inside, it has two XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors for precise AF and tracking that's said to improve response and minimize vibration noise. The latter is important for those recording audio internally.

When focusing manually, the ring will tout a more immediate response, which is ideal when shooting video.

The lens features a minimum focusing distance of 10.6" (27 cm) and a maximum magnification of 0.23x. It also has a 67mm filter diameter to attach accessories. The barrel has a switchable aperture ring for de-clicked stops, an AF/MF switch, and a focus hold button. The button is customizable to different camera functions. 

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The FE 35mm F1.4 GM is compact, weighing only 18.5 oz (524 grams), and measures 3" in diameter by 3 ⅞" in length (76 mm dia. x 96 mm). When paired with an APS-C/Super 35 sensor, it becomes a 52.5mm equivalent.

Like other G Master lenses, it has a moisture-resistant design and fluorine coatings to repel water.

Being a new lens, it only found its way into a handful of reviewers. New York-based photographer Crissibeth Cooper said during her review, "As of today, I can confidently say the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 G Master lens is the best 35mm lens option out there." So that's promising. 

Pricing is set at $1,399 USD and $1,899 CAD and will be available for pre-order starting Jan. 14, 2021, via Adorama with an expected arrival date in February.      

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Looks like an amazing lens, great to see Sony carry on with this series - however, there is one major issue with the lens that only 2 reviewers have picked up that affects videographers and filmmakers: the lens has very pronounced focus breathing
The 35mm f1.8 does not focus breathe.

January 13, 2021 at 2:39PM

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