Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 review: a classic street photography lens for Sony E-mount full-frame cameras

The Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 manual-focus lens combines a classic focal length with classic looks and handling.

Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2
(Image: © Zeiss)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I find that the Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 has an ideal focal length for street photography. As a manual-focus lens with a focus distance scale and depth of field markers, it’s also ideal for ‘zone focusing’, so I can pre-focus and shoot at will, helping me to avoid missing definitive moments. Image quality is lovely, with the exception that edge-sharpness could be better at wide apertures.


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    Beautiful image quality overall

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    High-end handling characteristics

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    Click/de-click aperture ring


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    No autofocus

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    Edge-sharpness drops wide apertures

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    Pricey to buy

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The Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 certainly ticks a box on my wish list. The moderately wide perspective of a 35mm lens on a full-frame camera is often favored for street photography. Historically, photographers specializing in the genre would focus manually, using a lens’s focus distance scale and depth of field markers to set the ‘zone’ of a scene that would be rendered sharply. That takes any time involved for autofocus or manually focusing out of the equation, so you can snap up a defining moment the instant you see it. The flip side is that the vast majority of recent autofocus lenses have neither a focus distance scale nor any depth of field markers, making zone focusing impossible.


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Mount optionsSony E (FE)
Lens construction9 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view63 degrees
Focus typeManual focus
Minimum aperturef/22
Minimum focus distance0.3m
Maximum magnification0.17x
Filter size52mm

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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