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Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens

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  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • 52.5mm Equivalency
  • Sony E-mount Lens for NEX Cameras
  • Compact Design
  • Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization
  • High Speed, Quiet Linear Focusing Motor
  • Direct Manual Focus
  • Circular Aperture
  • 49mm Filter Thread
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The 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens from Sony is a sharp, prime lens for Sony E-mount cameras, including the Alpha NEX-5R, Alpha NEX-6 and the NEX Handycam camcorders. It is a compact, fixed focal length lens which is equivalent to 52.5mm in 35mm equivalency. A fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 means the lens is ideal for blur-free capture of fast moving subjects and for retaining crisp imaging in low light. A quiet linear motor controls focus while an in-lens stepping motor controls aperture, together they offer smooth and virtually silent lens action, which is ideal for shooting video. Direct Manual Focus is also featured which allows for fine manual focus control and is operable even in autofocus mode. Sony's built-in Optical Image Stabilization system provides approximately 4-stops worth of shake control, making the lens even more functional in low light conditions and great when tracking moving subjects in video.

Improved optics have reduced spherical aberration and provide uniform contrast across the sensor and sharp images even when shooting wide-open at f/1.8 aperture. The circular aperture helps to create smooth and circular bokeh.

  

Fixed Focal Length, f/1.8 Lens
This compact, large-aperture, prime lens has a focal length of 52.5mm in 35mm equivalency and is approximately 1.75" (45mm) long. It is a bright lens with the capability to handle a wide variety of shooting situations from landscapes and street photography to flattering portraits with beautiful background blur.
Optics
Newly designed optics reduce spherical aberration, delivering detailed sharpness and contrast in the central area of the lens as well as at the periphery. The results are clean, sharp images even when shooting at f/1.8 aperture.
Silent and Smooth Focus
A quiet, high-speed linear motor controls focus while an in-lens stepping motor controls the aperture. Together they provide extremely quiet operation and smooth focusing as well as quiet and fluid aperture control. These motors are ideal for shooting video since they eliminate excessive lens-drive noise.
Direct Manual Focus
This 35mm f/1.8 lens supports DMF (Direct Manual Focus), which enables users to resume manual focusing directly after obtaining focus with AF. This is particularly useful when AF cannot lock onto a subject or continually focuses on an unintended one. It also facilitates fine focusing when shooting portraits with a shallow depth of field.
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.
Performance
Focal Length 35mm
Comparable Focal Length: 52.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 44°
APS-C Picture Angle: 44°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.88" (30.18 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Elements/Groups 8/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.55 x 1.77" (64.7 x 45 mm)
Weight 5.47 oz (155 g)
Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens
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  • Rear Lens Cap
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  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 89 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (64)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (59)
    • Nice bokeh (41)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (37)
    • Easily interchangeable (30)
    • Consistent output (27)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)
    • Slow focus (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (45)
    • Night photography (32)
    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Video (22)
    • Weddings (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (36), Casual photographer (14), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (7), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (74), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    a bit expensive but worth it

    I use it as walk around lens,and very satisfied with it in term of Sharpness (f2 and up), and Contrast and Clarity. Now, let's talk about the price! Compare to Sigma...Read complete review

    I use it as walk around lens,and very satisfied with it in term of Sharpness (f2 and up), and Contrast and Clarity. Now, let's talk about the price! Compare to Sigma 30mm f2.8 ( which is a very good lens also) it is kind of steep, but we factor those advantages from Sony 35mm f1.8 in... OSS (help maintain low ISO with proper shutter speed.) Light weight and Sony name No rattling and quick turn-on (Compare to Sigma 30mm). But 4 stars because from my hard earn cold cash, it's still expensive !!!!!

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    Very Noisy

    I just got one of these. Been waiting for it for my Nex-7. I was amazed. When I pressed the shutter there was a loud ZICK ZICK noise which had me baffled. ...Read complete review

    I just got one of these. Been waiting for it for my Nex-7. I was amazed. When I pressed the shutter there was a loud ZICK ZICK noise which had me baffled. I finally tracked it down to the aperture blades. They are stopped down to allow viewing of the depth of field but they jump open to meter and focus. Then they stop back down. ZICK ZICK. Hardly silent. You can hear it easily across the room. As in "SOMEONE TAKING PICTURES OVER HERE!"

    Seems to kind of negate the purpose of a nice prime fast lens on such a camera format. It is present in manual, priority and speed modes. In manual it is more of a ZICK CHATTER sound also very non-silent.

    Nice format, seems well built, good match to the Nex-7, but a street format camera with a built in buzzer seems ill conceived.

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    4.0

    35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens

    By VanArsdale

    from Salt Lake City

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Edges Not Sharp
    • Image Edges Not Sharp

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

    I was somewhat disappointed. I expect a 'prime' lens to be outstanding if I am going to give up the flexibility of a zoom lens, but it was not as sharp or contrasty on my Sony a6000 as the 24-85mm "kit" zoom on my Nikon D600 particularly on the edges. I returned it for the Sony Vario-Tessar 24-70mm. More $s to be sure, but I will have the framing flexibility and maybe the same sharpness.

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    4.0

    good for portrait

    By zedom

    from Montreal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

    this lens is very good for portrait with any Nex camera, a sure shot

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    • No

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    5.0

    great lens

    By Darrin

    from Montana

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

    This is one of the best sony e mount lens they make.

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    5.0

    Great Lense

    By Gizzle

    from Brooklyn, NY

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

    Has a great depth of field and clarity. Small and takes beautiful photos.

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    5.0

    Sharp!

    By jonl9

    from Chocowinity, North Carolina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

      This is the lens that stays on my A6000. It is fast and can be incredibly sharp. I also like the boost in effective ISO from OSS (optical steady shot).

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent fast lenss

      By Peter

      from Chester County, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

        Got this lens to complement the other lenses I purchased (16mm, 20 mm)to use with my sony A6000. The aperature of 1.8 allowed me to take night videos of Christmas fountain displays with great clarity and proper shutter speed to capture moving water.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Super prime lens

        By flpoi

        from Stockholm, Sweden

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Portrait

          Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

          This lens is fantastic. It's fast, super sharp, and very portable. Of special note is the exceptional bokeh. Thus far, I could not be more pleased with my purchase.

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          5.0

          Amazing Improvement Over Kit Lens

          By rjscha

          from Indiana

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

            I'm a beginner. I admit that. But this lens changed things for me. The wide aperture allows for sharp pictures indoors or in poor light.

            I'm sure I still have a lot to learn, but this lens is helping me get the pictures I want.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sony 35 mm f/1.8 E mount prime lens

            By Newnew

            from Fair Oaks, California

            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

            Having this product for only three weeks, I used it to take portraits and love the results: brilliant color even in shade, great definition of the faces and sometimes the blurred background by using the auto intelligent mode. I have not used the SCN function for portrait and cannot wait to use it soon. I bought this lens also because of its fast 1.8 aperture and expect many uses in low light situations. I love this lens.

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            5.0

            great lens

            By JEff

            from Bellflower, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography

              Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

              great bokeh

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Excellent lens and service

              By Visiguy

              from Sonoma, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                    This is a great high performance lens that delivers what you'd expect. Ordering and delivery from B&H were efficient and on time.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    love it

                    By mommy paparazzo

                    from Berkeley CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                    beautiful photos!

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                    5.0

                    Gorgeous photos

                    By Nicole

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                      This lens is pricey, but worth it. Takes gorgeous photos in very low light with the Sony Nex-5T. The only lens I use on a regular basis.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By iManArts

                      from Houston

                      Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                      I use this lens with Sony a6000 and so happy with this lens, fast, sharp and light. Love it

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                      5.0

                      Great first prime lens for Sony a6000

                      By Chicagojay

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                        I use this with my Sony a6000. It's my go-to lens. It replaced my kit 16-50 mm zoom lens and is much sharper, quicker to focus. Would highly recommend for a first prime lens.

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                        5.0

                        Pretty good for low light photography

                        By Boris

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                          We got this lens just before Halloween for our a6000 and I took it trick-or-treating with the kids (after dark, obviously; typical suburban Halloween, with lighting mostly from people's houses). With the lens wide open and shooting at ISO 16000 or so, I was able to get some pretty decent pictures even without flash; exposure times were on the order of 1/40 or 1/60. At smaller ISOs but longer exposure times I got some nice pictures of the adults in the party; they don't move as fast as the kids.Auto focus in the low light was a bit slower than I would have liked, but I was pretty amazed I managed to get pictures at all.This lens has also been pretty good for evening indoor photography, even in more dimly lit rooms like our dining room.The one con I've encountered is that the shutter "click" on this lens is pretty loud. But that's the case with other lenses I have as well.

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                          5.0

                          a6000 glass

                          By Ben the Video Guy

                          from Wichita, KS

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                            This is the glass I purchased immediately with my a6000 body. It's the prime I needed. Fast auto focus on this prime gives me some run and gun capability but is the right focal length for beautiful closeups. I shoot a lot of video and find this lens to be THE factor in achieving great video out of the NEX line of cameras.

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                            5.0

                            beautiful, versatile

                            By Vanessa Anne

                            from NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • Annoying To Change

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                            As a semi-newbie to photography, I love this prime lens. It's sharp, fast, and produces (to my eye) very please bokeh. I bought this in time for study abroad, and while I personally find it a bit of a pain to change lenses so that I can get wider landscape shots on my kit lens, this lens is great for those times when I want to take portraits of people and of people in front of landmarks. This captured some beautiful photos of my friends and I against certain Berlin landmarks at night during the city's Festival of Lights. Will be using it for a long time, I think!

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Quickrod

                            from San Antonio, Texas

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                              Just started using this lens and so far everything is perfect. Great lens for the price.

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                              5.0

                              great!

                              By acc

                              from montana

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens:

                              - killer 35mm for price

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