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

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Product Highlights
  • 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

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
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
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH112 Petal-shaped, Bayonet Lens Hood
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (47)
    • Nice bokeh (27)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (22)
    • Easily interchangeable (20)
    • Consistent output (17)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (29)
    • Night photography (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Everyday (16)
    • Video (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (24), Enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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 pplaha

    from Santa Clara

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

      I had bought this with my new A6000, it is a Sharp lens but despite the F1.8, I found it to be a less capable in low light. I am not sure if it is because the glass itself is so small in dia. or something else. The Emount options for lenses , in my opinion, is very limited. I ended returning my new A6000 and all the lenses I had bought.

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      3.0

      Huge improvement over kit zoom

      By si

      from New York

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Much better colors, sharpness and faster focus than the kit zoom. Lot's of fun so far.

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By Derek

          from Korea

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Street photography

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

          Bought this for travel/street photography and it's great. The image quality is sharp. Although it's a little bit pricey

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          5.0

          Nice lens

          By A6000 user

          from New York, NY

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I was reluctant to buy this because of the price, and when I got it I was thinking if I had made a mistake, after all, how often would I really use it? Anyway, the image quality has won me over. It is really a great lens. Sharp, super fast focus and very fast in low light. Still use the kit lens most often, but this is my goto low light lens.

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            4.0

            Excellent lens

            By zedom

            from Montreal

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            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Video

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

              This objective is underestimated, for me it is the perfect lens for the Nex series. The only flaw is that the autofocus is difficult sometimes to control but I love the photos (and video) that I get with this little object.

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              5.0

              Great indoor lens

              By Dan

              from Boston

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                I wanted an indoor lens and this one with f1.8 is a great fit. Coming from a DSLR you need to keep in mind that 35mm is really the same as the regular 50mm

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                5.0

                Love it

                By LexS

                from Houston, TX

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                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I took some pics of at a gathering and love the way the subject "pops" in the pictures.
                    Great shallow depth of field created when aperture is opened up all the way.
                    I love the fact that I also get optical image stabilization.
                    Can't compare to a Zeiss lens, but with change to spare at the end you can't beat its value.

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful photos

                    By sean the dad

                    from san francisco, ca

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I am a beginning photographer and this was my first lens purchase. It took amazing head shots and close ups that made me feel like it was totally worth it.

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                        4.0

                        Great lens

                        By MC

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

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

                          Perfect focal length for portraits & great bokeh

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                          4.0

                          Very satisfied

                          By Gearhead

                          from Berkshire County, Mass

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I love the portability and size of the NEX6 and this lens is a fine acquisition. The stock zoom was really quite good and offered a nice wide angle for indoor and city shooting. I knew this 35mm lens would limit my wide angle shots but wanted to hone my composition skills with a very sharp "normal" prime lens. All my work with this lens to date has been a complete vindication of the decision to purchase it. It certainly satisfies the 16Mp of the NEX6. Without going through lab testing, the lens sharpness and lack of edge distortion for my f/stop choices are totally satisfactory. I have complete confidence of capturing first rate images with this camera/ lens combo.
                            The small lens glass within a large lens housing does look a bit odd.

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                            5.0

                            Very Sharp

                            By Mike

                            from Chicago

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            Using it with an a6000 - no complaints so far. Works great with dual-mode AF, images are sharp and build quality is solid.

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                            5.0

                            Loving this lens

                            By VidRip

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I just finished a shoot in a very dark and challenging environment and was so glad to have this lens on my FS-100. It looked much better than the mostly very good kit zoom. Using it with my ned-7 - the still shots have sensational, gorgeous, lush, vibrant bokeh - the stuff with the DOF is sharp and crisp. I think the lens is a bargain at this price because it can be very favorably compared to lenses costing much more.

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                              4.0

                              Great Lens for the Price!

                              By Tech

                              from Brooklyn, NY

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                              Pros

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

                              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 a great lens for the price. I use it on my NEX 5T as my everyday lens. It's not too bulky, making it nice carry around and with the f1.8 it's great in almost any situation.

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                                5.0

                                Great all around prime lens

                                By Chuck

                                from N. Potomac, MD

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits

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

                                  I'm very happy with this lens, 35mm with f/1.8 is great for portraits and when a wide angle is needed. Pictures are sharp and color is great. Lens is quick to focus. My "walk around" lens is the Sony 16-50. Glad I was patient and waited for Sony to offer $ rebate on the 35mm again.

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                                  5.0

                                  Super sharp

                                  By B.D.

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                    Really happy with this lens and the sharpness. If you have a kit lens, you should really invest in this. It's great in low light(I've used it for low light indoor stuff at night, haven't tested night shots yet), and I haven't had issues with blurry focus at all. Nice and light as well, which can feel a little flimsy when you compare it to say a manual lens, but if you have a sony e mount camera you are probably looking for lightness and portability.

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                                    5.0

                                    Beats an expensive zoom lens

                                    By Bob

                                    from Kingman, AZ

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                                    Pros

                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Our camera group set up some top digital cameras on the same tripod for a side by side comparison at same f stop, iso, and crop. The Sony 35mm fixed lens clearly delineated a power line 0.5 miles away. A premium (not kit) zoom lens on a full frame camera did not. Not expensive at all when you factor in performance. And I like moving around to the best location to shoot - more thinking, better pictures.

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                                        5.0

                                        great lens for price

                                        By ken_in_ftmyers

                                        from fort myers,fl

                                        About Me Semi-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
                                          • Weddings/Events

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

                                          people and pet photography. I own a nikon d800e but wanted a smaller knock around system so I selected the nex 5t from sony. I was so impressed a bought the new a6000 along with this lens. For low light and blurr backgrounds the results are fantastic. I can't say enough about this system. small size and great sharpness. I'm glad to say it looks as good as my nikon stuff. This makes me the toast of the party everyone wants their pics taken by me. Easy to cary and small.

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                                          5.0

                                          Compact, fast prime with great bokeh

                                          By William

                                          from Newton, MA

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                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Night Photography

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

                                            I love my NEX 5 and although the kit 18-55mm is adequate, it has significant short comings compared to a good prime lens. I have been getting by quiver of legacy primes and adapters (my favorite Hexanon 40mm 1.8) until this lens came out. The Zeiss 32mm/1.8 is too $$$$$. I demo'ed and was pleased with the Sigma 30mm/2.8 is sharp and a good value, but no image stabilization and not as fast (or having as good a build quality) as this new Sony lens.The lens is fairly sharp. Some reviews are critical of sharpness. I doubt that you will notice any deficiencies in real world shooting. I use this as my all purpose walk-around lens (and keep my Sony 16mm in my pocket).

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                                            5.0

                                            Great lens

                                            By Michel

                                            from Miramar, FL

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy
                                            • Poor in Low Light

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                            Takes great photos. A wonderful enhancement to my NEX7.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great sharpness

                                            By Migo1980

                                            from Raleigh NC

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                                            Pros

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

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors/Low Light
                                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                              Works great for a fast moving 1 yr old indoors.

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