Sony 35mm f/1.8 Lens (NEX E-Mount)

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Key Features

  • 35mm focal length
  • 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
  • F1.8 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Image stabilization, OSS
  • 49mm filters
  • 0.30m/11.81" minimum focus
  • Sony E mount for NEX interchangeable lens cameras

Product Description

High performance and a compact design make the SEL-35F18 prime lens an ideal second lens that's easy to carry around while capturing the action. It's perfect for a wide variety of photos, including snapshots while strolling, night shots (thanks to the bright maximum aperture) and portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. Newly-designed optics reduces spherical aberration and coma for sharp images even when shooting wide open. Combined with built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, your photos and videos will be crisp, clear and blur-free.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (OSS)
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular aperture
Focus
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification 0.15×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Physical
Weight 155 g (0.34 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48)
Length 45 mm (1.77)
Filter thread 49 mm
Hood supplied Yes

Reviews

User Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
  • salla30, Feb 13, 2014 GMT:
    A new lease of life for my NEX 5N

    Just took delivery of the SEL 35F18 lens. It's my first lens purchase, and I am bowled over by the difference over the Kit Lens 18-55mm - I was a bit worried about the fixed FL, but I went out for a walk with my son locally yesterday and took some indoor pics and really never felt the need to reach for my RX100ii (my usual walk about camera). I'm very happy I went for the 35mm FL option and not the twice-the-price Zeiss 24mm option - I think the wider angle would have been a bit too ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

Zeiss Touit

Has anyone here experience of both the Touit 32/1,8 and the Sony 35/1,8? Is the Zeiss glass much sharper? how about autofocus preformance? Which is fastest an most accurate? Any opinion about the Sony 20/2,8? Especially compared to the Zeiis 24/1,8? Apart from the brightness? I´m about to by a Nex7 or a Nex6 that is very cheap in Sweden right now and want to get good glass. Thanks!

CarlAAsen asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

Matthew Durr had a great comparative review of the Sony 35 and Touit 32 here: http://matthewdurrphotography.com/2013/07/02/lens-review-zeiss-touit-32mm-f1-8/ Diglloyd did one as well with some great comparative pics, though it's a pay site. The conclusion is that the Touit has a clear advantage in image quality (sharpness and contrast), primarily at larger apertures. The Sony 35mm apparently has better autofocus, however. The Touit 32mm autofocus is slow, although not insanely slow. But it's an unforgiving lens, you often can't trust the autofocus because the depth of field is shallow (when wide open) and I find the AF will often focus on someone's forehead rather than their eye. Not sure whether this is also an issue with the 35mm. The 35mm also has OSS, so it's much better for video, and the bokeh from the 35mm is nicer than the Touit (not that the Touit's bokeh is bad). Meanwhile, the 32mm is the sharpest e-mount lens there is, other than perhaps the new Zeiss 55mm full-frame. I ... Continue Reading

MrT-Man answered
3 months ago

I wonder whether it makes sense to throw the SEL35F28Z into the match. You don't save much in money with respect to the Touit and no stabilizer as well, if I'm not wrong; but it's lighter and smaller in spite of being FF. Questions are about IQ (it might be really good on a APS-C, especially for people concerned with borders and corners) and autofocus. It has some minor features such as being dust and moisture resistant - sure, for this to be effective it has to be paired with a similar design in the camera and no current NEX Sony camera body is ... but who knows for the new cameras in 2014? Whay do you think? *** edited to add: of course, you lose 1+1/3 EV of max aperture. Continue Reading

stoppingdown answered
3 months ago

I had similar findings with my second copy of Touit, first had a strange motor noise when camera held facing down and corner performance wasn't great... Tried two more copies that were excellent and faster focusing... Heres a summary... http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3502515?page=5 Continue Reading

Section10 answered
3 months ago

QUESTION

Lens sabbatical

I am thinking about taking a sabbatical from all my lenses except one and shoot it backwards and forwards until I master that focal length. I'm guessing there's a majority out there who will think that's the dumbest idea ever, but to the rest that don't think so, I've decided that of my lens collection the two candidates are the Sigma 19 and the SEL 35. Some will say it's a personal choice and I don't disagree, but I do want to hear your opinion of what you would do. For me, I can say that I feel more comfortable with the SEL 35mm, but that actually works in the favor of the Sigma 19mm as it would force me to learn a focal length I've never really felt comfortable with. As I was researching this I came across Sam Abell who is known to favor the 28mm focal length and was facinated with his work which has me thinking the 19mm. On the other hand, there is a plethora of famous photographers who made careers out of the 50mm focal length which has me thinking the 35mm. So, if you were to ...

Tom2572 asked
10 months ago

ANSWERS

I'd go with the Sigma 19, simply because it'll be more of a challenge. The wide angle will require a lot more attention to composition and, if you're a "street shooter," you'll have to get up close and personal with your subjects and therefore develop your people shooting skills/comfort level quite a bit. Continue Reading

cptrios answered
10 months ago

Tom2572 wrote: I am thinking about taking a sabbatical from all my lenses except one and shoot it backwards and forwards until I master that focal length. I'm guessing there's a majority out there who will think that's the dumbest idea ever, but to the rest that don't think so, I've decided that of my lens collection the two candidates are the Sigma 19 and the SEL 35. Some will say it's a personal choice and I don't disagree, but I do want to hear your opinion of what you would do. For me, I can say that I feel more comfortable with the SEL 35mm, but that actually works in the favor of the Sigma 19mm as it would force me to learn a focal length I've never really felt comfortable with. As I was researching this I came across Sam Abell who is known to favor the 28mm focal length and was facinated with his work which has me thinking the 19mm. On the other hand, there is a plethora of famous photographers who made careers out of the 50mm focal length which has me thinking the 35mm. So, ... Continue Reading

EinsteinsGhost answered
10 months ago

Tom2572 wrote: I am thinking about taking a sabbatical from all my lenses except one and shoot it backwards and forwards until I master that focal length. I'm guessing there's a majority out there who will think that's the dumbest idea ever, but to the rest that don't think so, I've decided that of my lens collection the two candidates are the Sigma 19 and the SEL 35. Some will say it's a personal choice and I don't disagree, but I do want to hear your opinion of what you would do. For me, I can say that I feel more comfortable with the SEL 35mm, but that actually works in the favor of the Sigma 19mm as it would force me to learn a focal length I've never really felt comfortable with. As I was researching this I came across Sam Abell who is known to favor the 28mm focal length and was facinated with his work which has me thinking the 19mm. On the other hand, there is a plethora of famous photographers who made careers out of the 50mm focal length which has me thinking the 35mm. So, ... Continue Reading

davect01 answered
10 months ago

QUESTION

Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye as a first lens: big mistake or fun way to start?

i bought the NEX F-3 with kit lens 18-55mm last year and i instantly fell in love, it being my first camera that wasn't a point and shoot. a year later, i am now thinking about buying a new lens. basically i'm leaning towards the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens, but if the cons outweigh the pros i would get the Sony SEL 35mm f/1.8 i am aware that you can't really compare a fisheye lens to others lenses, and that much of the decision to buy a fisheye will depend on whether you like the perspective it brings, but i'm still trying to weigh the pros and cons, and those two lenses are the ones that fit my budget - given the UK's import tax, the best i could find was the Samyang for £220 ($340) and the SEL35F18 for £330 ($513). from reading a few reviews and user comments, this is what i have found so far: Samyang pros: very well built, great depth of field, good quality pictures, sharp and great contrast, and its pretty cheap, so its great value for money + it looks kind of 'retro' ;) Sam ...

Yann33 asked
11 months ago

ANSWERS

Fisheye is good practice for composition, and rewarding when you get it right. I wouldn't recommend it as a first lens, but the Samyang definitely deserves a position in every NEX shooters' camera bag. Here's another one with the fisheye, no correction: Continue Reading

kev777zero answered
11 months ago

My NEX is also my first camera upgrade from a P&S and I am a learner now. If I were you and have that budget of around $500 I would go for 35/1.8 and learn more with such a nice prime lens and it's possibilities as a good walk around prime. I will consider fish eye only second or third option as it will be not used regulary and cannot compared to the usability, versatility and learning experience of a good prime though I too like the fish eye photos and it's perspective. Continue Reading

JayDreamer answered
11 months ago

i bought the NEX F-3 with kit lens 18-55mm last year and i instantly fell in love, it being my first camera that wasn't a point and shoot. a year later, i am now thinking about buying a new lens. basically i'm leaning towards the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens, but if the cons outweigh the pros i would get the Sony SEL 35mm f/1.8 i am aware that you can't really compare a fisheye lens to others lenses, and that much of the decision to buy a fisheye will depend on whether you like the perspective it brings, but i'm still trying to weigh the pros and cons, and those two lenses are the ones that fit my budget - given the UK's import tax, the best i could find was the Samyang for £220 ($340) and the SEL35F18 for £330 ($513). from reading a few reviews and user comments, this is what i have found so far: Samyang pros: very well built, great depth of field, good quality pictures, sharp and great contrast, and its pretty cheap, so its great value for money + it looks kind of 'retro' ;) Sam ... Continue Reading

ottonis answered
11 months ago

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