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

(based on 111 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (81)
  • Nice bokeh (60)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (50)
  • Consistent output (40)
  • Easily interchangeable (38)

Cons

  • Weak casing (18)
  • Slow focus (8)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Plastic mount (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (79)
  • Night photography (44)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Weddings (31)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (53), Semi-pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

 

great value

great lens for the price. excellent choice to add to everyday portrait bag of tricks.

great lens for the price. excellent choice to add to everyday portrait bag of tricks.

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4.0

Nice affordable prime lens

By Greg

from New York

About Me Casual Photographer

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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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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

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    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

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      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

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      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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          5.0

          Best Prime for Cropped Sensor A-mount

          By Loreto

          from Houston, TX

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          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:

          The lens is very sharp starting from f2.0. Bokeh is smooth with round highlights. The lens does have a few drawbacks, which include a noisy and wobbling autofocus motor and the plastic lens mount. Overall as far as image quality is concerned this is one of the sharpest lenses for the Sony cropped sensor A-mount cameras and produces excellent bokeh.

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          5.0

          An excellent buy for the price

          By Reviewer

          from Asheville, NC

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          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I do a lot of low-light video with a Sony A57 (usually filming concerts at small bars and clubs) and this lens works really well for the price. I had read plenty of reviews criticizing the plastic body, but for a low-cost lens you can't expect much. This glass was way sharper than I expected, I had debated between getting this or saving up for the 1.4, and I am quite happy with this model. I'm sure there will be a few situations where I wish I had that extra F-stop but for now this does exactly what I want.

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            4.0

            Best prime lens for the price

            By Techy

            from California

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • 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:

              Good for portrait or street photography
              Resolution-wise it delivers a very solid performance, nice Bokeh
              Max. aperture suitable for low-light situations
              The build quality of the lens is not the best
              The lens barrel is completely made of plastic including the lens mount
              Slightly wobbly
              For APS-C sized sensor

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              5.0

              Very nice lens for the price

              By Durham Dan

              from Greenville, SC

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              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:

                This lens is fantastic at this price point. Works great in low light and the 50mm equivalent (for standard SLR) works well for natural light portraits as well as landscapes. It is also light weight and compact. An all around great performer.

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                4.0

                Glad I bought this lens

                By rmg

                from CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I wondered why I was having trouble getting the sharpness I want out of the kit zoom for my Sony a65. This lens is much more sharp and better exposures. Just have to adjust to no zoom, but that's why cropping was invented...

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                    4.0

                    Awesome lens for the money

                    By Brian

                    from Centennial, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This lens has become one of my favorites. Great bokeh, light weight and awesome price. The build quality could be more solid, but at this price point it's hard to expect more.

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                    4.0

                    Very happy with low light features

                    By lucasam

                    from Uberlandia, Brazil

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

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

                    It's cheap and do the job. The auto-focus isn't that precise but I think its because of the low light pictures that i've taken

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                    5.0

                    works well, no complaints

                    By twig's pictures

                    from PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

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

                      we purchased to take better indoor pictures (wider angle plus aperture). It works well and our primary lens to take indoor pictures. We are happy with this purchase and would recommend to others. I did consider the sigma 30mm/1.4 however, they were rolling out a new design and the outgoing models were known for some distortion at low apertures. Can't beat this value though someday I would like to compare the sony lenses with other manufacturers directly (like sigma)

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                      5.0

                      amazing lens for a cheap price

                      By nygma

                      from framingham, ma

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Clean

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography

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

                      i use this one outdoors more than anything it has an amazin bokeh and its very light

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                      5.0

                      "Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover!

                      By photofrank9999

                      from Toronto Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Weak Casing

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I have yet to find something to complain about this lens.
                      It's obvious the build quality might not appeal to everyone, but these affordable fast primes are a great asset if you want quality images in an affordable "try out our prime lenses" affordable price.
                      i purchased a SONY NEX 6, and liked the new pancake 16-50mm. kit lens, but also bought the A-mount adapter from here at a Black Friday price, so I thought, I could afford this prime for now till I save up, or decide which CZ or SONY zoom I need.
                      I find this fast lens to be as good or better than Canon's 50mm. 1.8.
                      The rich colours are the improvement here, over Canon, and closer to looking like a Nikon.
                      i highly reccomend this product if you aren't sure which prosumer lens you want yet.
                      It converts to about 52mm. on a crop sensor
                      So is very useful for portraits, macro product shots, and scenic shooting, day or night.
                      Sharp as a tack on my NEX6.

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                      5.0

                      Great bang for the buck

                      By Wudce

                      from Fayetteville, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • 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:

                        Sony put in the stuff that counts (good optics and a fast aperture) and kept the cost down by using plastic construction and a not-silent SAM focus motor. The good optics provide very sharp photographs, the f1.8 aperture lets you blur the background (bokeh) which isolates your subject. Consider this lens if you're on a budget and looking for a fixed focal length lens for portraits. For the money you really can't go wrong with this lens.

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens

                        By Bngreenchev

                        from Sunnyside, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Chromatic abberations
                        • Weak Casing

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography

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

                        This is a wonderful lens for the money I mostly use it for night shots like night sky and other projects, like others have stated it is made out of plastic but I can't complain, it seems solid enough and the fast apeture is very useful and sharp across the range. CA can be a problem!

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                        5.0

                        Outstanding

                        By Kevin V

                        from Jacksonville, FL

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Great in Low Light
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Wide Aperture

                        Cons

                        • Plastic Is Not Inspiring

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Replacing the kit lens was the best decision I've made. With this 35mm f/1.8 lens, photos are crisp, colors are accurate, and bokeh is fabulous. The wide aperture allows me to take photos of my sleeping daughter with just the night light on. In normal light I'm getting amazing results. It is a very light lens made with lots of plastic, but the glass is what you pay for. This is a great little lens and I'm happy to have it.

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                        4.0

                        The plastic fantastic

                        By Rickztahone

                        from Pacoima CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          A very wonderful lens that is very cost effective. This lens plus the a77 is a great combo. When I bought my copy it was not as sharp as I thought it should be so I micro-adjusted it and the lens took on a whole new life!Sure, it feels very cheap, and it is a lot of plastic, but that is what makes this lens fantastic. If you happen to drop this lens, sure you'll be bummed out but you can always buy a new one cheaply, it's not like dropping a SAL70200! The 35mm on cropped sensor is not an ideal wide angle but it has not stopped me from carrying this lens on it's own as a walk-around lens. I can not say it is razor sharp wide open but it is acceptable considering the narrow DOF at f/1.8. It is a very tiny lens, and on the a77 at times it feels somewhat unbalanced but not majorly so. All in all, you really can't go wrong with this lens considering how much it costs. Buy now, and you won't regret later :-)

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                          5.0

                          Good low light lens.

                          By ABEDI

                          from COSTA MESA, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • 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 use this lens with an a77. It is always an advantage to have a lens with a 1.8 apeture, rather than have to push the ISO couple of stops. It's a well made lens and focuses fast.

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