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Sony35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
 
4.7

(based on 126 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (88)
  • Nice bokeh (67)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (59)
  • Consistent output (47)
  • Easily interchangeable (43)

Cons

  • Weak casing (19)
  • Slow focus (9)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Plastic mount (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (87)
  • Night photography (51)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Video (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (60), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (12), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

very good! nice bokeh.

Having read many positive reviews I've bought it to use with my Sony A35. Pros: this lens delivers excellent sharp image, correct colors and nice bokeh. f 1.8...2.8 are very good,...Read complete review

Having read many positive reviews I've bought it to use with my Sony A35. Pros: this lens delivers excellent sharp image, correct colors and nice bokeh. f 1.8...2.8 are very good, from f3.2 to 7.1 it really shines. Delivers a lot of light, which is good for indoor use with no flash. Good for portraits too. This is something what you're expecting when you buy a new prime lens, great! Cons: Nevertheless it does some visible distortions, for example this problem is quite visible when you're taking pictures on the street with high buildings on its sides. The build quality is very average which gives you feeling of cheap stuff. Front barrel is shaky and slighly rattling, but it doesn't seem to affect the image quality. Having totally plastic body this lens seem to develop static electricity which constantly attracts the dust, which I don't like most. Some people say it is cheap, cmon guys! Check 'Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens' here at B&H: it has metal mount, no moving parts outside - this feature alone protects your investment not pumping air/dust inside the lens during focusing movements. It has *wave* motor which is fast, quiet, precise and allows you manually adjust the focusing not even using the AF/MF switch. To compare it against the Sony's, this one has two more optical elements, so being more complex thus more expensive in production it costs -10% less and delivers pretty same image quality, except maybe bokeh, Sony's bokeh looks slightly better.Conclusion: this lens is a must for Sony users, get one! It is good and there is no better choice in this price range for Sony. p.s. You might get impression that my review for this lens seems to be rather negative. Well, I'm trying to be honest. It is good to be informed. I'm Sony Alpha user, but sometime I'm looking at Nikon lenses and regretting that I didn't choose Nikon at my beginning. There is way more rich choice of optics for Nikon and looks like it is of better quality than Sony's plastics-fantastics. Sorry for my bad English, it is not my first language. I hope my reviw\experience was helpful for you. Thank you B&H, you have best pricing and nice policy for Canadian customers too. Definitely I will buy here again.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sharp and cheap but maybe too cheap.

This lens optically is a very good 50mm equivalent for Sony A-Mount, but in my opinion it's just built to cheaply. Sony gave us this amazing aps-c body in the A77II but just left...Read complete review

This lens optically is a very good 50mm equivalent for Sony A-Mount, but in my opinion it's just built to cheaply. Sony gave us this amazing aps-c body in the A77II but just left it's buyers out in the cold for quality lenses.

This lens is an all plastic body and mount. It just feels cheap. The focus ring spins when focusing and it has enough play in it that AFC focusing can't make fine adjustments accurately.

Overall, I probably won't keep this or the A77II.

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5.0

At last, I made a smart buy!

By None

from Nashville, TN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    I recently bought this 35mm lens, which has a 35mm equivalent of about 52mm, for my Sony. I have not had a lens like this since my first camera, which was an Olympus OM-2. I am so glad I decided buy something besides a zoom lens. And I must say, B & H was a great business to deal with.

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    2.0

    Sharp and cheap but maybe too cheap.

    By Turbolex

    from MD

    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    This lens optically is a very good 50mm equivalent for Sony A-Mount, but in my opinion it's just built to cheaply. Sony gave us this amazing aps-c body in the A77II but just left it's buyers out in the cold for quality lenses.

    This lens is an all plastic body and mount. It just feels cheap. The focus ring spins when focusing and it has enough play in it that AFC focusing can't make fine adjustments accurately.

    Overall, I probably won't keep this or the A77II.

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    5.0

    Go to lens

    By Paolo

    from Kenilworth, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I purchased the lens about a month ago and I've been using this shooting indoors, with my son and wife. I recently shot with some products to test with and the image quality looks phenomenal even without artificial lighting!Great thing about this lens is the portability, image quality ask anyone who owns one, great walkaround city lens, portrait, product, landscape, this lens can do it all the best part is the price point I purchased this at $ on sale! This will be staying on my camera 99% of the time. I've always been into prime lenses and comparing this to my sony 50 f1.8 and Sigma 24mm f2.8 super wide hands down this takes it all (Keep in mind though I'm shooting on a crop sensor, I'm pretty sure the 50 would be the same result on a full frame. With all this said...anyone want to purchase my 24 or 50? :) Hope this helps anyone looking to purchase this lens if not, just google all the other awesome reviews out there. B&H also gave me free expedited shipping so I was able to get this before New Years to take pictures of my family and food.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Basic Fixed Focal Length Lens

      By Bill

      from Frederick, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          I was looking for a light-weight fixed focal length lens that was the same as a typical 50mm on film cameras. I wanted this as an option to the zooms I have. And I didn't want to break the bank on another lens. This lens was just the one I was looking for. So far, it has performed admirably in general photography scenarios. I use it on my Sony Alpha a77ii and my older Sony A350. I haven't had any problems what-so-ever.

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          4.0

          Good Lens

          By MM

          from Marion, SC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

            Using the lens for portraiture. Good so far.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fantastic Lens for the Price

            By David

            from Olympia, WA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                I don't really have anything negative to say about this piece of glass. It's sharper than any other lens I've owned, and the focal length is perfect for me.

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                4.0

                Excellent Value

                By Ed

                from Huntington Beach, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                Use this as a walk around lens on an A77II. Signifcantly sharper than my Tamron 28-75/2.8 at 35 mm. As most others have noted, the mount is plastic, but that hasn't been an issue as of yet.

                First copy had de-centered focus issues, but the replacement behaves exactly as expected.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very good lens/value

                By Gary

                from Fairbanks Alaska

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                  My wife bought this for me for Christmas. I use on an A77. Been very please with it.

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                  • Yes

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good buy.

                  By Dan

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                  No need to spend several hundred dollars on a 'nifty fifty'. This is a great lens that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I should have bought it long ago. Light as a feather and takes great shots.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens, great service from B&H

                  By ASPN

                  from Upstate NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    I bought my Sony A77 with kit lens from B&H last year and love it, I wanted a prime lens and picked this 35mm up which has great reviews, I really like it, takes great shots and it's pretty quite during auto focus, all and all great buy!!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Outstanding lens

                    By Scott

                    from DC

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    I bought this lens to use for reverse macro shooting. Works great for that. Regular mounting, this lens is light, well built, and very fast auto focus. Very satisfied with my lens

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                    4.0

                    Very Good Lens

                    By Tony

                    from Brandon, MS

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    This is a very good lens for the money. After reading the other reviews I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I have been wanting a fast lens but prices were pretty high; then I saw this one. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The bokeh is great. It's very light since it is plastic. If you are on a budget, as I am, this lens is for you. The glass is tremendous. However, due to its plastic construction, I'm not sure how it will hold up in the long run. I'm not hard on my lenses anyway, so it should last me for quite some time. Buy it, you'll like it.

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens! Worth the money.

                    By Ty Schmidt

                    from Pittsburgh, Pa

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Low Light

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    I wasn't sure what to expect, but I needed something that was good in low light. After using it a few times, I am happy with the results. For the money, it's worth it! Used with Sony a57.

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                    5.0

                    Great little prime lens

                    By Stephen

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography

                      Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                      I bought this lens used from B&H two months ago. It was in great condition. Have been using it exclusively since then on my Sony Alpha 200. I have no need to use any other lens. The lens takes great pictures, and I am very happy with it. Yes, it is made of plastic but I don't take it on and off so the material does not matter to me.

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                      4.0

                      A portable powerhouse for the a65 or a58

                      By Sam

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                        I am what you might call a semi-pro photographer, and when I'm not out taking pictures I'm reading camera and lens reviews, and I thought I'd wade into the discussion here. Although I like sharp pictures in good light as much as anyone, I've been a little leery of prime lenses due to their inflexibility and concerns over fumbling with lenses while on a mountain trail or whatever. (I favor travel photos and have been to Italy three times.) But put this lens on the Sony A65 (or a58) with its in-body stabilization and you'll probably got the best photos for the weight and cost of anything on the market. I found the "normal" focal length of the 35 mm to be useful in lots of shooting situations and very sharp, although according to dxomark you need to stop it down to f/2.8 to achieve anything close to the lens's potential, which limits its attractiveness somewhat. I must add that the photos with this lens were not necessarily better than my Sigma 17-70 at 35mm, though the Sigma is a very well-regarded lens and is much heavier. For a walkaround lens on a small Sony body this lens can't be beat!

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                        4.0

                        Nice affordable prime lens

                        By Greg

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                        Great prime lens for the price, I mostly use it for street photography and low light conditions. It's a plastic casing which makes it light but it feels a little bit low quality.

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                        (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Just Okay

                        By NYCPROCAM

                        from Queens Village,NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                          It has noisy focus and its pretty slow. Cheap body build.Sharpnest is not so bad afterall its not bad lanses for amatur photography but not good for professinals

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                          5.0

                          Amazing!!

                          By darowis

                          from NY

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            I have a Sony a580 and have been shooting at a maximum f/3.5 for the past 2 years. Why haven't I purchased this lens sooner?!?!?! Gorgeous, sharp images with smooth, creamy bokeh. I am utterly in love with it and don't see it leaving my camera body any time soon!!

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                            5.0

                            35MM Magic

                            By M.AGE

                            from Missouri

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Plastic Body

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraiture

                            Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            I could not be more pleased with the sharpness and quality of this lens- at a fraction of the cost for some of Sony's higher-end lenses, like Carl Zeiss.

                            This lens, which I use with the Sony-SLT A77, will be a favorite for years to come. I love the look of the images I'm getting. It does a gorgeous job!

                            The only "con" I would say is the mainly plastic body, but for the cost, handle it with care and it'll last a long time!

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                            5.0

                            great lens

                            By Snap

                            from Sherman, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                I love this lens. Can get candid shots without the bright flash

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