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Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 700 EURNeoscore 80%NEX score 76%

Product Overview

Sony FE 35mm F1.8 is a wide-angle prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2019, it has 11 elements in 9 groups.
For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing.
The bright maximum aperture for a wide-angle lens is appreciated for night photography, though some may prefer the perspective of an ultra wide-angle lens for this. Even though the lens is not stabilized, at this focal range it does not usually matter. In fact, some may be able to get cleaner corners without image stabilization.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 80% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very compact and light
  • Weather-sealed
  • Fast autofocus
Cons
  • No aperture ring
  • Fewer features than newer Sony lenses
  • Vignetting at f/1.8

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 76% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very good optical quality
  • Very good magnification
  • Excellent sharpness at wide apertures
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • Autofocus is annoying
  • Pricey compared to film-era 35mm F1.8
  • No stabilization
  • Shallow field of view
  • Focus ring needs some force
  • F/2.8 is a bit slower than the 1.8/35
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Wide-Angle Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Material
Aluminum, composite
Motor
Linear Motor
Optical Formula | Elements
11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
1 aspherical element groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
55 mm / 2.17 in
Size | Diameter
66 mm / 2.60 in
Size | Length
73 mm / 2.87 in
Weight
280 g / 9.89 oz

Function

Angle Of View
63.5° Diagonal | 54.4° Horizontal | 37.8° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.8 ~ f/22
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
35 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.24x
Min Focus Distance
220 mm / 8.66 in

Production

Accessory
Lens hood included
Debut
2019-07-09
Model Name
SEL35F18F

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

phillipreeve[1]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very sharp
  • Good bokeh at short to medium distances
  • Very good autofocus
Cons
  • F/2.8 is a bit slower than the 1.8/35
  • Autofocus is annoying

sonyalpha[2]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good optical quality
  • Very close to the Sony 90mm F2.8 macro
  • Very compact and light
  • Very fast, accurate, efficient in low light
Cons
  • F1.8 is more harsh than Zeiss

cameralabs[3]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sony FE 35mm f1.8 is small and light, reasonably priced, offers a nice magnification in close-up shooting, and has a multi-function focus hold button. The lens focuses in around 0.7 sec on a Sony A7R II from infinity to 0.43m (1:10 magnification), which is pretty fast and the same as the Samyang. The focus ring is 28mm wide and can easily be operated with one finger just like all autofocus lenses for mirrorless cameras.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Small and light
  • Very good magnification
  • Multi-function focus hold button
Cons
  • No distance or dof markings
  • Focus ring needs some force

dpreview[4]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
The Sony FE 35mm F1.8 joins the FE 28mm F2 and FE 85mm F 1.8 in the non-GM, non-G lineup. It's the priciest of the bunch, at $750. But it's equally at home on the higher-resolution sensor of the A7R III and A 7R IV.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp, small-ish and relatively affordable primes
  • Compact and light
Cons
  • Pricey compared to film-era 35mm F1.8

pcmag[5]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharpness at f/1.8 and f/2.8
  • Quick, quiet focus
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Shallow field of view
  • No fluorine coating

pcmag[6]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp at f/1.8 and f/2.8
  • Compact, compact design
  • 1:2 magnification
  • In-body stabilization
Cons
  • No stabilization

techradar[7]

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.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness at wide apertures
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Occasional longitudinal chromatic aberration

digitalpicture[8]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The f/1.8 lens focuses considerably faster in AF-S mode. The Sony lens has a strong maximum magnification spec of 0.24x but the Tamron substantially surpasses that mark with a 0.50x spec. There are many other comparisons that can be made. Use the tools available on the site to create your own.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • F/1.8 aperture
  • Low peripheral shading at f/2.8
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Low maximum magnification

User Reviews

Strawberry4KC · 22 Jul 2020
4.2
Innovation
Design
Quality
Value
Great lens, not great price
Sony has recently introduced many compelling lenses. The 35/1.8 has great optical performance, but I'm not sure it counts as a compelling offer, because the price to me doesn't correspond with the 1.8 aperture. It would be a 5 if it's 400.
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References

1. ^ Review: Sony FE 1.8/35 – versatile but a bit expensive. [phillipreeve]. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-sony-fe-35mm-f1-8/. 2019-09-22. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2019/08/30/sony-fe-35mm-f1-8/. 2019-08-30. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
3. ^ Sony FE 35mm f1.8 review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-35mm-f1-8-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
4. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-fe-35mm-f1-8-review. 2019-08-21. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
5. ^ Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-e-35mm-f18-oss. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/sony-fe-35mm-f18. 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-fe-35mm-f18. 2019-09-03. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-35mm-f-1.8-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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