Sony 35/1.4G at F1.4, ISO200, 1/500, Manual
One of the first test pictures using my new Sony 35/F1.4G. This image was part of a series that directly compared the perspective differences between this lens and my Sigma 50/1.4HSM. Originally, I had thought that the 50mm focal length, which I had, was much too similar in terms of Field of View (FOV) and Depth of Field (DOF) to 35mm at the same apertures to justify having both, especially when a 35/F1.4 costed over $1000USD in most systems. However, I was fortunate enough to have access to both 50/1.4 and 35/1.4 so did a comprehensive comparison. My conclusion is that there are vast differences between the background characteristics of the two, with 35 inherently characteristic of wide angle background ‘expansion’ and 50 characteristic of telephoto compression similar to an 85mm focal length. This means that even with the same framing, the 35 will produce a bigger and more exaggerated field of view than the 50, among other differences.
With this discovery, I went out and bought my own Sony 35/1.4G to complement my set of 24/2, 35/1.4, 50/1.4, and 85/1.4. I foresee myself using the 35 more than the 50 in the future because I quite like the wide angle perspective while keeping my DOF effects comparable with the 50. Stay tuned for more images.