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.


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)
Maximum aperture F1.8
Minimum aperture F22.0
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Aperture notes Circular aperture
Minimum focus 0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification 0.15×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Unknown
Focus method Internal
Weight 155 g (0.34 lb)
Diameter 63 mm (2.48)
Length 45 mm (1.77)
Filter thread 49 mm
Hood supplied Yes


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


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
1 year ago


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
1 year 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
1 year ago

The Samyang 8mm fisheye is a great lens but i find it fairly challenging/difficult for shooting. The only use for the 8mm is for extremely tight scenes, e.g. indoors, cathedrals, outdoor close ups of buildings etc. Of course, it can be great fun to experiment with a fisheye but in my opinion it is not the first choice when it comes to street street photography. I don't have the SEL35mm but from what I have seen, the famous and cheaper SEL50mm has a superb bokeh, definitely superior compared with the 35mm. This is certainly a matter of personal preference, but my very personal favourite lens for street and landscape photography is the Sigma 19mm. Very sharp, very nice contrasts and afocal length that perfectly suits my way of doing photography. -- Continue Reading

ottonis answered
1 year ago


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
1 year ago


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
1 year ago

SEL35, without doubt. Continue Reading

EinsteinsGhost answered
1 year ago

35mm for a good all around lens. 19mm for wide angle Continue Reading

davect01 answered
1 year ago


a6000 Kit lens or 35mm 1.8 for daily?

So i know there have been quite a few of these theads, and I have read a lot of them, but i'd like to get some opinions based on experience on how good the Kit lens is for the a6000 vs a prime. I am a novice buying the a6000 for family portraits and Automotive Photography. From my research i've determined the best prime lense for a daily is niftyfifty. Obviously due to the a6000 crop, the 35mm should put me right around there. Here's my predicament: My budget really only allows me to get the a6000 with the kit lens right now. I really want to know if this lense is worth the $150 for my purposes. This will be my only lens for probably quite some time due to getting married and buying a new car, etc. Although I do want the best quality pictures I can get for a reasonable amount of money. Should I wait and save the $150 to put towards the 35mm 1.8 prime? Or do you think I be decently satisfied with the kit lens quality to use until I can afford the prime? Once again I realize it's all ...

LoganLower asked
19 days ago


I suggest to get the kit lens in the beginning and the SEL35F18 later. The kit lens does a decent job; it's not the top IQ lens, but keep in mind that: it's a zoom, starting at useful 16mm, is super compact, is super cheap. And stopping aperture down helps for sharpness. Actually you might want to give a look at the Sigma 30mm before getting the SEL35 if your budget is tight and care for high sharpness. The Sigma is about one stop slower and is not stabilized, but in regards to image quality it's amazing. Also I like the field of view more than the SEL35. I guess you can find the Sigma 30mm used for under 100$ and resell it later for the same price if not satisfied. Continue Reading

DimitriDV answered
18 days ago

The 35 1.8 is regarded as a very nice lens and is going to be a better, but the 16-50 is a decent lens and you can get good quality images out of it. This is especially true if shooting jpegs (which have in-camera corrections) or if shooting RAW and using lens-aware software like Lightroom that will correct for its weaknesses. . As a self-described "novice", I would suggest you do what ykphuah did - shoot with the kit lens for a while. That will also give you a feel for what focal lengths you actually prefer to use. Then you will have a better idea of what prime lens you will want to look at. Continue Reading

bdbits answered
18 days ago

I have both lenses and don't bother comparing them because they do different jobs. I like both. The SEL1650PZ is very compact and versatile. As I have said in many threads, used in daytime and stopped down a bit, it's great. If you like taking pictures of cars the wide end of this lens will be very useful…more so than the SEL35f18 because it just can't do that party trick! The SE35f18 is sharp and fast to allow you to get some shallow depth of field. I use this lens the most but carry the SEL1650PZ everywhere simply because its useful and weighs nothing. As a pair they make a great travel kit covering most situations. You can even use the SEL1650PZ @50mm then use the clearzoom function to double the focal length to get equivalent of 100mm. Not ideal but usable on the 24mp A6000. Here's a recent pic with the lovely SEL35f18 Continue Reading

rodderslw answered
18 days ago

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