Sony FE 35mm F1.4 G Master review

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 G Master is Sony’s latest premium G Master Prime, and looks an ideal everyday semi-wideangle lens

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 35mm F1.4 G Master
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 G Master is, as you would expect, expensive. Also expected, since this is a G Master lens, is spectacular optical performance, and this lens certainly lives up to that. Two things really stand out, though. The first is it’s size – it’s not small, but it’s nothing like some of the f/1.4 monsters we’ve seen recently, including Sony’s existing Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. The second thing is the handling. From the perfectly weighed ‘declickable’ aperture ring to the smooth and light focus ring to the handy customisable Focus Hold button – this is just a great lens to use.


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    F/1.4 maximum aperture

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    Versatile 35mm focal length

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    Twin XD AF motors

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    Outstanding optical quality


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    Fairly expensive

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    Not big… but not small

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The Sony FE 35mm F/1.4 G Master is not Sony's first fast 35mm prime. Remarkably, Sony now makes four 35mm primes for its full frame FE mount mirrorless cameras. One is the relatively plain but affordable Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 and two are Zeiss-badged lenses – the compact Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA and the hefty Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at