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    Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    The sony 35mm 1.4 G must be their most under rated lenses. Granted at 1.4 things look a little hazy. But anything above 1.4 is truly a joy to look at. Best bokeh I have seen from a 35 for a dslr. really smooth and creamy. Plus it is sharp.





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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.5 Under rated

    Very nice!
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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.5 Under rated

    ryc, Sony(Minolta) 35/1.4G is indeed a gem for its age, but Sigma 35/1.4 A offers way more wide open for less.

    Good to see photography people start paying more attention to Sony. If you like a lot of bokeh presence in your images, you should definitely try 135/2.8 STF.

    Title "Sony 35mm 1.5..." did intrigue me at first.

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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    I didn't realize the typo until now

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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    Quote Originally Posted by ryc View Post
    The sony 35mm 1.4 G must be their most under rated lenses. Granted at 1.4 things look a little hazy.
    The 35mm f/1.4 G was one of the best Minolta lenses at its time. I kept the look that people associated with that focal length and aperture and used an aspherical surface to solve the main problem of these lenses: coma. Coma easily ruins night pictures, where one often has points of light near the edges of the frame.

    The fact that it is "hazy" at f/1.4 is actually an advantage for its intended use: available light. At night, one has too much contrast anyway and a lens with residual spherical aberrations like the 35mm f/1.4 G actually helps with the high contrast.

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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    What's with the tiny focus ring?
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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    What's with the tiny focus ring?
    It's not that tiny to cause discomfort for manual focusing, and being grippy in spite of a smooth looking surface, it's actually not bad at all in manual mode.

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    Re: Sony 35mm 1.4 Under rated

    It's my most used lens on the A99. I feel like it 2 different lenses. Wide open it's really funky in a good way. Stopped down it is sharp to the edges.

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