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Sony 35 f/1.8 Lens SEL35F18F Review Rundown

Sony ElectronicsPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Lens (SEL35F18F)
Neoscore* 79%
  • Very compact and light
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Wide focus ring
  • Dust and moisture resistance
  • Vignetting at f1.8

Summary

The Sony FE 35/1.8 feels nice thanks to a metal hull and a wide focus ring with a pleasant resistance. Its manual focus ring is the only control surface—stabilization and focus settings are adjusted in the camera body. As an f/1.8 lens, it captures more than twice the light of an f/2.8 when shot at its maximum aperture.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

phillipreeve[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 1.8/35 has been one of Sony's most anticipated lenses. It is currently the only E-mount 35mm lens which offers smooth bokeh across the frame at any distance. By some reports the Sony is quicker to focus. Unless you really need that half stop or are on a very tight budget the Sony seems to be the more appealing.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp 1:4 magnification
  • Very good bokeh
  • Wide focus ring
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Omits chromatic aberrations
  • High vignetting

sonyalpha[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from Sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
The lens is very close to the Sony Zeiss 55mm F1.8 in term of size and weigth, so extremely compact and light. It is weather sealed and the build quality is very good although you feel it is below a GM or Zeiss lens AF is very fast accurate and silent both in photo and video. The lens has no issues with the 61Mpix and is resolving an incredible amount of detail.
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Pros[**]
  • Very compact and light
  • Very good optics
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Dust and moisture resistance
Cons[**]
  • F1.8 is harsh
  • Flimsy build

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS is the company's standard-angle lens for its APS-C mirrorless system. The compact prime, which doesn't offer zoom, is a featherweight, measuring just 1.8 by 2.5 inches (HD) The only thing missing is weather protection, a feature that rival Fujifilm builds into its full-frame lenses.
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Pros[**]
  • Sharp f/1.8 aperture
  • Dust, splash, and fluorine protection
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Omits full-frame glass

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The FE 35mm is a small prime, but not quite a pancake lens. It measures 2.9 by 2.6 inches (HD) and weighs 9.9 ounces. An f/1.8 lens captures more than twice the light of an f/2.8 when shot at its maximum aperture. There's no stabilization in the lens, but that's not a surprise.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent optics
  • 1:4.2 magnification
  • Dust, splash, and dust protection
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons[**]
  • Lacks fluorine protection

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
Sony's new 35mm f/1.8 is a relatively simple prime lens. It's intended for full-frame camera owners, but it will also play happily with APS-C bodies like the new A6600 and A6100. The lens is made up of 11 elements in 9 groups, with a single aspherical element among these.
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Pros[**]
  • Small and light
  • Wide f/1.8 aperture
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design
Cons[**]
  • Occasional chromatic aberration at wider apertures

references

  1. 1. ^ Review: Sony FE 1.8/35 – versatile but a bit expensive. Phillipreeve. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  2. 2. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8. Sonyalpha. 2019-08-30. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  3. 3. ^ Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Review. Pcmag. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review. Pcmag. 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 review. Techradar. 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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