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Sony 35 f/1.8 Lens SEL35F18F Review Rundown

SonyPublished on 20 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Neoscore* 0%
  • Very compact and light
  • Very fast autofocus
  • Wide focus ring
  • Dust and moisture resistance
  • Vignetting at f1.8


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.



Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from phillipreeve have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 1.8/35 is a very well balanced lens. It is very sharp, for most applications. It has pleasant bokeh at short to medium distances and becomes a bit harsher at longer distances but so does almost any competing 35mm. In general it corrects all aberrations good enough so you need to push it for them to become distracting.
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  • Very sharp
  • Good bokeh at short to medium distances
  • Very good autofocus
  • F/2.8 is a bit slower than the 1.8/35
  • Autofocus is annoying


Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following[***]:
The Sony 35mm F1.8 (700 euros) is a superb lens for the price. It is almost perfect and all photos taken with this lens are stunning. Outstanding sharpness Excellent contrast Excellent AF Small and lighweight Very good Bokeh balls All Weather resistance No CA Extremely short focusing distance (22cm vs 35cm for other 35mm) Very little distorsion Price (considering excellent performances) Very good build quality and ergonomics Average Very good color rendition but a bit oversatured and too contrasty for portraits Background blur sometimes harsch and lacking smoothness Heavy Vignetting (only disappear at F8) No aperture ring for video.
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  • Very good optical quality
  • Very close to the Sony 90mm F2.8 macro
  • Very compact and light
  • Very fast, accurate, efficient in low light
  • F1.8 is more harsh than Zeiss


Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS is a little gem of a lens. It's tiny and light, so it's not going to add too much weight to your camera. It can lock on as close as 11.8 inches, good enough for 1:6.7 magnification. If you want a true 1:1 macro, Sony offers the E 30mm F3.5 Macro.
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  • Sharpness at f/1.8 and f/2.8
  • Quick, quiet focus
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Shallow field of view
  • No fluorine coating


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Sony FE 35mm F1.8 is a breath of fresh air. It delivers detail that's near the top of our good range for the camera. Focus is available to 8.7 inches, which is good enough for a 1:4.2 life-size reproduction ratio.
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  • Sharp at f/1.8 and f/2.8
  • Compact, compact design
  • 1:2 magnification
  • In-body stabilization
  • No stabilization


Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The FE 35mm f/1.8 delivers excellent sharpness whether you use it wide open or stopped down. This is complemented by very pleasing out-of-focus areas too. Lateral chromatic aberration, which tends to form towards the edges of the fame, is also somewhat noticeable, although this can be removed through in-camera corrections. There's also some slight pincushion distortion when shooting subjects with linear details although this won't be visible in the vast majority of scenes.
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  • Excellent sharpness at wide apertures
  • Easy to use
  • Occasional longitudinal chromatic aberration


1. ^ Review: Sony FE 1.8/35 – versatile but a bit expensive. phillipreeve. 2019-09-22 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8. sonyalpha. 2019-08-30 Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Review. pcmag. 2019-08-01 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review. pcmag. 2019-12-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 review. techradar. 2019-09-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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