Sony 35/1.8 vs Sony 35/1.4 GM for Wedding Photography

Sony 35/1.8 vs 1.4

Deciding between the Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM? You’re not alone! In my latest video, I compare these two popular lenses, sharing sample photos and my personal experiences to help you make an informed decision. Plus, I’ve created a fun quiz to see if you can spot the differences between images taken with these lenses.

Why 35mm is Essential for Wedding Photography

For wedding photographers, the 35mm focal length is incredibly versatile and widely used. It offers a perfect balance, providing a wide enough field of view for group shots and close-ups without significant distortion. This makes it an essential lens for capturing everything from intimate portraits to dynamic scenes.

The Lenses in Question

In this comparison, I’m focusing on the Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM. Both lenses have their strengths and cater to different needs and budgets.

Key Differences and My Thoughts

1. Sony 35mm f/1.8:

Price: Extremely well-priced, offering great value for money.

Build: Compact and lightweight, with a manual focus to autofocus switch and a custom button.

Performance: Fast and accurate autofocus, with good sharpness at f/1.8. However, some units may exhibit chromatic aberrations.

2. Sony 35mm f/1.4 GM:

Price: More expensive but offers superior performance.

Build: Slightly bigger, with an aperture ring, AF/MF switch, and custom button.

Performance: Extremely fast autofocus and visibly sharper than the f/1.8 lens. Also shows smoother bokeh and less chromatic aberration.

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Sample Photos and Quiz

I’ve shot numerous weddings with both lenses and have compiled a selection of 30 images for you to compare. Head over to my website, linked in the description, to take the quiz and see if you can tell which lens was used for each photo. It’s a fun way to test your eye and see the practical differences between the f/1.4 and f/1.8 lenses.


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