The NEW Sony 35mm F1.4 GM Lens - Compact and Versatile!

Sony 35mm 1.4

Gear Focus

Jan 13, 2021

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The Sony 35mm F1.4 G Master Lens is compact, easy to manage, and completely versatile. This prime lens is one of the lightest and fastest 35mm lenses on the market today.  As Sony's 39th lens in the Sony line-up for full-frame E-mount lenses, it outperforms as a full-format wide-angle lens.   According to reviewers, Sony has done a stellar job with the Sony 35mm F1.4 GM and mentions that it will be an all-around workhorse lens for any Sony user's collection. The lens is compact and versatile in function and manufacturing. The ultimate feature that really stands out the most is the 11-blade circular aperture, which is two blades more than most other lenses. Check out these informative reviews by our creative friends like Sidney DiongzonTed Forbes, and Gerald Undone. Each brings you a great overview of their experience with the Sony 35mm F1.4 GM. Also, make sure to check out their Gear Focus shops for camera gear they have reviewed or used!

Professional control and reliability

The Sony 35mm F1.4 GM has a focus hold button, focus ring, and other controls that support smooth, efficient operation. The focus hold button can be assigned to several other functions via a camera body menu, this is providing direct access to functions that are vital to the user's professional's workflow. A fluorine front element coating plus dust and moisture-resistant designs are efficient in ensuring reliability in challenging environments. The optical design and manufacturing technology has been created to be the compact lens that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Typically, lenses such as this one wouldn’t traditionally be used for close-up photography. Fortunately, this lens does offer a minimum focus distance of 27cm with a maximum magnification of 0.23x or 0.26x when focusing manually.

Lens Configuration

The G Master series lenses configuration takes imaging and expression to previously unattainable levels with a beautiful blend of extremely high resolution and softly dissolving background bokeh. Two innovative XA elements are contributing to that impressive background bokeh. The FE 35mm F1.4 GM delivers an almost circular aperture thanks to its 11-blade construction. This precise focusing performance is essential for a wide range of uses. For instance, shooting landscapes, portraits, and street photography, for both stills and video. Nonetheless, users can also achieve advanced focusing when shooting at a high frame rate. Out of their G-Master lens series, it is built similarly to their 24mm f1.4 GM with sharpness, as well as excellent defocused area rendition. In addition to its fast and quiet autofocus, the lens also includes dust and moisture resistance. You might also compare it to the Minolta AF 35mm F1.4G RF, which is slightly lighter weighing 1.12lbs while the Sony 35mm F1.4 GM is 1.16lbs.

The Specs:

Two XA (extreme aspherical) elements in a G Master compact design take advantage of the short mirrorless flange-back distance to deliver exceptional contrast and resolution in a compact lens. Further enhancing the lens's superior optical quality is an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element that suppresses chromatic aberration and Sony's Nano AR Coating II that maintains superb image clarity even in any lighting conditions.
  • Premium G Master Series wide-angle prime lens
  • XA elements and ED glass for high resolution throughout the image area
  • Sony Nano AR Coating II to eliminate flare and ghosting
  • XD Linear Motors offering excellent response and low vibration for fast, precise, quiet AF
  • Focus hold button and other features support professional shooting needs
  • MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE: 0.89 ft (AF), 0.82 ft (MF) (0.27 m (AF), 0.25 m (MF))
  • WEIGHT: 18.5 oz (524 g)


See Sony's full list of compatible cameras HERE


Now considering this is a G-Master series lens, the price is not the cheapest by far. It's currently listed at $1,399.99. Should this price be beyond your budget, we highly recommend looking at the Tamron 35mm 2.8 lens. While it's not going to give you the low light performance of the 1.8, it is a fantastic option for those on a tight budget. Tamron 35mm 2.8 Sony E-Mount Looking for other Sony E-mount lenses? Check out some great deals on used mirrorless lenses at Gear Focus.

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