Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM: new compact, video lens

Sony unveiled the first 35mm F1.4 G Master lens this week at CES 2021. The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM focuses on video shooting while keeping its form factor compact and its price reasonable.

The lens is suited well for shooting both videos and photos of landscapes, portraits and street scenes. Its 11-blade aperture ensures that defocused highlights are rounded, even when the f-stop is narrowed. Overall, its angle of view is fairly wide. Its focal length is common for event and documentary shooting. Also, it’s capable of autofocusing at 10.6 inches (27cm) and gets to 9.8 inches (25cm) when focusing manually. So, the lens looks to do a decent job when shooting close-up.

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM
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The lens features an aperture ring with switchable click stops. This should make adjustments more smooth and efficient while shooting video. Additionally, Sony claims the FE 35mm F1.4 GM’s focusing elements move with dual linear motors, allowing for quick and quiet focusing. This is an important feature for video shooting since you want the focusing operation to be as quiet as possible.

Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM’s design

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 appears to have a compact and lightweight design. In total, the lens weighs just 18.5 ounces and measures out to be 3 inches diameter x 3 ⅞ inches (76 mm dia diameter x 96 mm). Its filter diameter is Φ67mm. What’s impressive is the lens is built with an 11-blade construction. This is quite rare for a lens as compact as the Sony FE 35mm F1.4 is.

Pricing and availability

The Sony FE 35mm F1.4 GM is available for E-mount camera bodies. It will be out in February for $1,399. Considering what the lens has to offer, the price Sony is asking for is pretty fair. You can learn more at the official Sony site.

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Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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