Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens - DxO tests

I will at some point do some of my own tests (maybe) but since DxO have just finished testing the FE 28-70mm I thought I'd show theirs. (Click on the screen shots for the DxO site) And as I write often, unconvinced as I am by DxO's sensor tests, I do think their lens tests are useful.

As I suspected not much difference between the 35mm and 55mm in terms of sharpness and in the real world with images on the screen I doubt I will see much difference.

Interesting results with the zooms, as has already been pointed out elsewhere. DxO find the 28-70mm to be slightly sharper than the Zeiss 24-70mm. Zeiss are obviously much better at primes than zooms, which I guess doesn't really make the upcoming FE 16-35mm anything to get hot and bothered about.

As would be expected the Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens is better across the board apart from CA than the Olympus 17mm f/1.8. The sharpness difference is somewhat extreme, though again I'm not sure I'd see this on my screen.

So what does this prove? Well it proves some lenses are better at lens tests than others. Does it matter? That's for us as individuals to decide. I happen to like the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 and of course there are sharpening algorithms to apply from a variety of sources. 

Bottom line is that the Sony FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens is obviously a fine lens as is the Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Lens, particularly when used on the non-AA filtered A7r. And the fact that this is pretty much the best that non medium-format digital photography can offer currently gives the FE system it's most attractive and compelling reasons to buy into it and use it. 

I'm no great fan of the A7 and A7r handling and many aspects of their design and performance, but fitted with these top class primes the resulting files are hard to resist. I have to admit I don't mind the handling of the A7r / 35mm combination as much as some of the heavier a-mount / adapter combinations I've used and I've certainly used both the A7 and A7r an awful lot since I've bought them. And the accumulation of 1000's of incredibly detailed and sharp high-resolution images is undoubtedly an incentive for me to keep using my FE cameras despite the reservations I have. To be honest, if I wasn't doing this for a living then I wouldn't own either the A7 or A7r, but since I do I will certainly make the best of it and continue to use them, take pictures with them and earn money from them. The final reason being a pretty motivating inducement to continue with them.

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