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

(based on 113 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (83)
  • Nice bokeh (61)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (51)
  • Consistent output (42)
  • Easily interchangeable (38)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (80)
  • Night photography (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (45)
  • Weddings (32)
  • Video (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (54), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (85)

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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