Alonso Reyes

Sony 35mm f-1.4

The Sony 35mm f-1.4 lens, was the first lens in the world to achieve a maximum aperture of f1.4. It is a lens that will allow you to capture the decisive moment in lower light, or create beautiful bokeh when shooting portraits. This lens has a modern design, with a large aperture, making it a good choice for shooting movies. It has a minimum focusing distance of 35cm, which is great for shooting close-ups or macro shots.

Bokeh is a word with Japanese origins, defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” The word comes from the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “haze” or “blur.” (The “h” was introduced to help English speakers pronounce the word correctly [BO – KEH].)


Amazing resolution.

The Sony 35mm f-1.4 lens has the highest resolution of any lens in the world. It has the ability to capture the finest details and subtle tones in your photographs and videos. This lens is a fantastic option for shooting landscape or portrait photography, due to its wide field of view, which allows you to capture the most important moments in life.

This lens is compact and lightweight, making it a great lens for street photography or when you want to carry only one lens. It has a modern design, with a large aperture. The lens has an integrated focus motor, which allows you to capture fast-moving objects without changing the shooting mode.

Excellent Mobility.

The Sony 35mm f-1.4 lens has also amazing handling. This lens is great for when you want to capture a scene from a particular angle, or when you are shooting in a location where you don’t have a lot of room. It fits easily in the palm of your hand and weighs only 18.5 oz (524 g). This is outstanding considering it employs two XA (extreme aspherical) elements. These XA are specially designed lenses that help to correct spherical aberration. Aspherical lenses are much more difficult to manufacture than simple spherical types. Because of its great design, it can reduce the total number of elements required, thus reducing overall lens size and weight.

What about Focus?

Sony has developed an internal focusing system in which only the middle or rear groups of the optical system are moved. Benefits of this include fast autofocusing and a short focusing distance.

When talking about Manual Focusing, they have the LR MF (Linear Response Manual Focusing) which gives high control resolution so that user input is precisely followed when focusing manually.

This smooth, fast response is achieved thanks to their XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors. These motors are specially designed to provide a direct, contactless electromagnetic drive of the lens focus group for extremely quiet, responsive operation.

Did you know about the Focus Hold Button?

Pressing this button on the lens barrel once you have adjusted the focus to where you want it, will keep the lens locked to that focusing distance. You may be thinking that you have this same option in the shooting button, so Why do I need another one on the lens? There are two answers to this question.

  1. According to Sony, when you use this option with the shooting button, it may happen that you lose the focusing distance because you need to do something extra and release the button to do it. This will take time to re-focus and you can miss the timing in your picture. With the button on the lens barrel, you do not have to worry about this.
  2. This Focus Hold Button can be assigned with different preview functions through the camera’s custom settings. This option allows you to have a wider selection.


The Sony 35mm f-1.4 lens is one of your “must-haves”. It provides not only superb images and resolution but mobility and fast response. Obviously, it fits all Sony alpha cameras and some other models. In my portfolio, you will find some portraits using this lens and, if you want to talk about what can I do for you, do not hesitate to contact me. As always it will be a pleasure to be in touch with you.