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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
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
  • 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 68 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (46)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (53)
    • Nice bokeh (32)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (27)
    • Easily interchangeable (22)
    • Consistent output (20)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (33)
    • Night photography (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Video (18)
    • Everyday (16)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (27), Enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (4)
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    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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    5.0

    Very nice prime lens

    By Rocket

    from Clearfield, UT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • 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:

      Use indoors in low light and outdoor people shots and scenery shots.

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      5.0

      Great all round lens

      By Pat

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

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

        Needed a ~30mm focal length lens for a general photography. This covers street and some portraits so a very versatile lens. f1.8 gives great bokeh and lowlight performance that other alternatives might not have. The only real competitor for this lens would be the Sigma 30 due to its value, but for a little more, you wouldn't ever need to upgrade in the 30mm range if you bought this lens. Outstanding sharpness and good images!

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        5.0

        Sharp, versatile lens

        By Vanessa Anne

        from NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I'm completely new to the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras, but I do own the kit lens, this, and the SEL50mmf18 as well. I find myself reaching for this one quite often, as the focal length is fairly versatile, while still producing great bokeh for portraits. Very happy!

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          4.0

          Great lens, okay value

          By Life in motion

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Video

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

          The lens performs wonderfully. The IQ is good; the focusing speed is fast; it also focuses quietly, which is good for video (although my standard is low, coming from a Canon 50mm f1.8, which is noisy as hell). The only turnoff is the high price. I compared my copy against an SEL50F18 of my friend's. Here is my take, for whatever it's worth.Pros: 1) smaller and lighter than SEL50F18; 2) The focal length is friendlier to indoor shooting than the 50mm, which is a tad too long on a crop body; 3) focusing seems to be faster on my a6000, but keep in mind that is probably because I didn't update the 50mm's firmware to the latest version. Cons: 1) You can't escape the fact that, for two similarly built lenses, the 50mm is $ cheaper than this one; 2) the 50mm also seems to be a little sharper based on my limited and unscientific testing. I ended up with more in-focus pictures of my one-and-half old daughter with the 50mm.Overall I'm happy with mine, but can only give it 4 star for the comparative disadvantage against the 50mm. But the focal length ultimately won me over.

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          5.0

          Great lens for the a6000

          By newenglandrocks

          from Winchester, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Does Not Look "serious"

          Best Uses

          • Great For Flora
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          The image quality from this little lens is simply outstanding at all apertures. The sharpness, contrast, and color from the SEL35F18 are simply outstanding. The bokeh is pretty nice, but you have to either get fairly close to your subjects or have a fairly large distance between the objects in the field of view for the bokeh to really pop.

          I have not used this lens much indoors, yet, so I cannot say much about this focal length in tight spaces nor how well it works in low light conditions.

          Since I have primarily used it outdoors, I'll observe that even at ISO100 on the a6000, there are many times in bright sunlight that the picture is overexposed if taken at f/1.8, and you will have to stop down to f/2.2 or f/2.5.

          The physical form factor of this lens is superb, and a great match for the a6000. The combination is very nicely balanced together, and the lens itself is pretty small and unobtrusive. If anything, the petiteness of this combination does not look serious, which I suppose is a plus for the street photographer.

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          5.0

          Great in low light

          By Captain

          from Houston, TX

          Verified Buyer

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

          Just shot a wedding rehearsal in a dimly lit Chapel. Did not want to use a flash to distract the participants. The Sony 35mm f/1.8 put out beautiful pictures. The wedding couple comments on how they look more natural than the profession photographers photos that were taken on the wedding day.

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          4.0

          Great lens

          By Nathan

          from NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            I bought this lens, and used it for a whole and enjoyed it and got some great pictures out of it. However, I ended up returning it because I was using it primarily for indoor shots of my kids and the length of 35mm (FF=52mm) was not wide enough for most of my situations. If you are looking for this focal length though, I would recommend it. (I used it with A6000)

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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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                  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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

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                      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

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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 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

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                                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

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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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