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

(based on 118 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (84)
  • Nice bokeh (63)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (53)
  • Consistent output (43)
  • Easily interchangeable (40)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (83)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Weddings (33)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (56), Semi-pro photographer (19), 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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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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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        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

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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

            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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                5.0

                Best Prime for Cropped Sensor A-mount

                By Loreto

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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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