New Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM offers compact quality for street photography (and more)

Announced today, the Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM is less than four inches long and little more than a pound in weight. For reference, it is about the same size as the 24mm f/1.4 GM lens. As a G Master lens, of course, it promises the absolute highest level of performance in a full-frame lens. The first units are scheduled to be available on February 15th. Read on for details and sample images, then click the link below to make sure you’re one of the first to get one!

As Sony’s new premiere 35mm lens, this G Master is perfect for uncompromising everyday photography. Slightly wide-angle on a full-frame camera and matching almost exactly a 50mm equivalent field of view on an APS-C camera, it’s a great all-around choice in prime lenses. (I personally keep a 35mm on my camera about 90% of the time.) Plus, that ultra-wide f/1.4 aperture means you’ll have plenty of light even as the sun goes down.

Extreme apertures are also the key to breathtaking bokeh. The 35mm f/1.4 GM’s 11 circular aperture blades direct the out-of-focus light into dreamily-soft textures sure to set off your subject in an extraordinary way. On the other end of the spectrum, a combination of careful engineering, quality glass, and high-end coatings enable the lens to deliver on the G Master promise of edge-to-edge sharpness. Check out the image in the middle, above: the contrast between the focal point and background with the aperture wide open speaks for itself!

Fans of true physical control will be delighted to see that the 35mm f/1.4 GM has a clicky aperture ring (which can be disabled for linear control), a smooth and comfortable focus ring, and a customizable focus hold button.

Two XD linear motors drive the fast, silent AF system, capable of focusing at a mere 0.89′ (offering 0.23x magnification). The lens takes full advantage of the most advanced Sony focusing systems, promising accurate eye-tracking even while shooting 4K 120P video at f/1.4!

A fluorine coating for easy cleaning tops off the whole package. Click here or visit your local Mike’s Camera to claim yours today!

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