Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM Announced

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Sony has announced their latest E-mount lens and a new addition to the G Master series in the shape of the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM (SEL35F14GM).

The lens will cost $1,398 US / £1,499 / €1,700 and be available to pre-order from tomorrow at 7am Eastern Time in the US and today already in Europe.

It will start shipping around the end of January in Europe and mid February in the US.

Full specs and first look videos on the blog:

 
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What do you think of this, Tim? Over the years I've found myself worrying less and less about maximum aperture. In the film days one needed all the help one could get with Kodachrome at ISO 64. Now that cameras produce publishable photos with ISO set in the four figure range, I gravitate to lighter glass. I rarely find myself needing an extremely shallow depth of field, so that's not really a factor for my shooting. In the past my 70-200 zooms were all F2.8; now I'm happy with F4. Etc.
 

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What do you think of this, Tim? Over the years I've found myself worrying less and less about maximum aperture. In the film days one needed all the help one could get with Kodachrome at ISO 64. Now that cameras produce publishable photos with ISO set in the four figure range, I gra vitate to lighter glass. I rarely find myself needing an extremely shallow depth of field, so that's not really a factor for my shooting. In the past my 70-200 zooms were all F2.8; now I'm happy with F4. Etc.
I own the FE 24 F1.4 GM lens which is a fantastic lens, especially for the size and weight. If I needed a 35mm I'd definitely consider this one, although I'd probably want to try the Sigma 35mm F2 DG DN first which is considerably cheaper. I'm quite fond of a wide maximum aperture, especially for low light shooting and also the creamy bokeh.
 

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Today I had a willing model so I took the chance and subjected my 35F14GM to a demanding AF test: 5y old on a trampoline.
If, at the beginning of the (A1, 20fps e-shutter) burst, the eye(s) happened to be obscured (hair or facing away) then it would NOT be picked up in ANY of the frames of the whole 2-3s long burst even after it had become totally unobstructed.
If it was in view at the beginning then every single frame of the burst would have the eyes in focus (f1.4).

On my previous similar test with 7M3/35F14ZA combo at 8fps m-shutter (with vastly better light conditions than I had today) I was lucky to get 1 in 5 in focus. Maybe next I will try A1/35F14ZA and 7M3/35F14GM combos.

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Today I had a willing model so I took the chance and subjected my 35F14GM to a demanding AF test: 5y old on a trampoline.
If, at the beginning of the (A1, 20fps e-shutter) burst, the eye(s) happened to be obscured (hair or facing away) then it would NOT be picked up in ANY of the frames of the whole 2-3s long burst even after it had become totally unobstructed.
If it was in view at the beginning then every single frame of the burst would have the eyes in focus (f1.4).

On my previous similar test with 7M3/35F14ZA combo at 8fps m-shutter (with vastly better light conditions than I had today) I was lucky to get 1 in 5 in focus. Maybe next I will try A1/35F14ZA and 7M3/35F14GM combos.
Cool test Afonso. Thanks for sharing! Looks like your model is having a lot of fun too! :)
 

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