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Sony35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens
 
4.7

(based on 133 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (97)

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    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (91)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (67)
  • Nice bokeh (64)
  • Consistent output (48)
  • Easily interchangeable (48)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (69)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Weddings (34)
  • Video (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (55), Casual photographer (23), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (109), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best 35mm prime for APS-C E-mount

The Sony 35mm 1.8 OSS is the best 35mm prime for the Sony E-mount cropped sensor cameras for several reasons.
-First it has image stabilization which is a big plus for handheld lowlight...Read complete review

The Sony 35mm 1.8 OSS is the best 35mm prime for the Sony E-mount cropped sensor cameras for several reasons.
-First it has image stabilization which is a big plus for handheld lowlight photography
-Second it supports the hybrid autofocus system on newer Sony NEX cameras and future Alpha mirrorless cameras.
- Third, it is pretty sharp, has great bokeh, very little distortion.
The lens is not perfect though. Lateral CA is higher than the 50mm 1.8 OSS, but lower than the sigma 35mm 2.8. The lens is also not as sharp as the 50mm 1.8 when wide open. To be more specific, the 35mm 1.8 at f2.8 is equal to the 50mm 1.8 at 1.8, in terms of sharpness. However the focal length of the 35mm on APS-C cameras is better suitable for everyday photography, compared to the 50mm 1.8 OSS (more suitable for special face only portraiture).
Compared to the DT 35mm 1.8 for A-mount, the 35mm 1.8 OSS is marginally softer at 1.8, but has lower CA. Also the bokeh of the 35mm DT is slightly more smoother/buttery.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Be cautious

Good, fairly sharp, well built, OK focus speed, but and this but is big. color fringing is an issue with this lens. I read reviews and overlooked that part of the reviews...Read complete review

Good, fairly sharp, well built, OK focus speed, but and this but is big. color fringing is an issue with this lens. I read reviews and overlooked that part of the reviews I guess. I took pictures of just plain white flowers up against it's own green foliage in bright sun and when later looked at the pictures I had to go outside and look at the flowers again to see if they were actually the way I saw them on my monitor. Wow! it was bad to say the least and getting rid of it was not easy and very time consuming. Other then that I'm happy with the lens. Just be aware. Seems to only happen wide open though f1.8 above 2.5 pretty clean.

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5.0

Great Indoors

By Traveler

from Penn Valley, CA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

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

    Shooting indoors in low light. Like small size for shooting in
    restaurants, etc.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome Lens

    By PhotoDoc22

    from Montgomery, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light

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

      So I have been using the stock lens for 4-5 months now and was getting pretty good results. I was having problems in lower light conditions when taking pictures of my kids/pets indoors. I switched over to this lens and couldn't be happier. Much more responsive in tracking in lower light conditions and excellent sharpness. I debated getting the Sigma Lens but decided on this one due to stability.

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      5.0

      Excellent lens

      By J

      from New York, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        This is a great starter prime lens if your a beginner or intermediate level photographer. The F 1.8 allows you to take a lot of pictures in low lighting conditions.

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        5.0

        Great so far

        By dega

        from San DIego, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

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

        I haven't had it long, but it seems great so far. Great images.

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        5.0

        See More... Sharpness

        By No�l

        from Hendersonville and NYC

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

        This lens is spectacular for spanning the image clearly and sharply. It's become my primary lens.

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        5.0

        Excellent lens!

        By sandy

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          I use this as my main lens for my a6000. It is perfect for everyday use! Excellent quality.

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          4.0

          Did the job

          By PatrickV

          from Seychelles

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Weak Casing

          Best Uses

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

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

          Well I no longer own this lens but I will leave my honest review. If you have any NEX series cams, or even the A series, get this lens. Super light weight and tact sharp. Note this is not full frame.

          I shot with this wide open all year round, no complaints. I am no photography expert but this lens did the job very well. The bokeh was awesome.

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          4.0

          Sharper than kit lens

          By devilchills

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Great starter Prime lens for beginner/intermediate level photographers. The f/1.8 really allowed me to take pictures without flash indoors with dim lighting.

            Way sharper image than the Kit zoom lens of a6000.

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            5.0

            Compact and light

            By NM Roland

            from Albuquerque, New Mexico

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I purchased this lens to use with my new Sony a6300 camera but I also own a Sony a7rII and recently had it on a hiking trip with the camera. It was a great and light lens that produced excellent images using the a7rII camera.

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              4.0

              Nice piece of glass

              By mattf301

              from CT

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                It's not a Zeiss but for the money it's sharp and makes nice prints. It's a "Standard" Lens.

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                5.0

                Love it

                By Pedro

                from Boca Raton

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography

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

                  It perfect for my needs

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Pricey.

                  By GastonGC

                  from Punta Cana

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Lightweight
                  • Quality
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  The lens its good. OOF areas could be better, but overall the lens is great.
                  I wish it was a little bit sharper wide open, but It works just fine.

                  The bad aspect of this lens is the price. Canon offers much better lenses for cheaper prices, but I have a sony. Sony doesn't have good primes. And the decent ones, are really expensive.

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                  4.0

                  nice glass

                  By antonio

                  from Charleston, sc

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Very clear and quick autofocus except in low light where it will hunt for focus. Nice package size, not too bulky. Good walk around lens as long as you don't need a wider angle for shots where you can't get far from the subject.

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                  5.0

                  Sweetspot

                  By Cb

                  from Pasco wash

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

                  Great lenses for low light and up close, nice and fast for the special moments, I bought it mostly for Christmas, a6000 and a5000 that I have used it on, brilliant details, very happy with this purchase!

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                  5.0

                  must have lens

                  By stylenotebook

                  from Midwest

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      This is quickly becoming my favorite lens. Purchased for my Sony a6000. This lens stayed on my camera all during the Holidays. Love the bokeh and sharp focus. I have a feeling that this 35mm f/1.8 will become my go to lens.

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                      5.0

                      Love this product, the beautiful bokeh

                      By NebulaImagery

                      from Sunnyvale, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

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

                        I use the lens indoors mostly right now, however I am looking forward to using it outdoors. It is incredibly fantastic in low light. I have mine paired with the Sony a7s2 and together create beautiful crisp photos with an exquisite bokeh effect. I like how small and compact it is. It is also very erganomic.

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                        (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Be cautious

                        By gotahave

                        from west palm beach

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Good, fairly sharp, well built, OK focus speed, but and this but is big. color fringing is an issue with this lens. I read reviews and overlooked that part of the reviews I guess. I took pictures of just plain white flowers up against it's own green foliage in bright sun and when later looked at the pictures I had to go outside and look at the flowers again to see if they were actually the way I saw them on my monitor. Wow! it was bad to say the least and getting rid of it was not easy and very time consuming. Other then that I'm happy with the lens. Just be aware. Seems to only happen wide open though f1.8 above 2.5 pretty clean.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            The perfect lens

                            By A. Miller

                            from Washington

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

                            This lens is a huge step up from the a6000 kit lens. It takes great portraits and will be my day to day lens for street photography. It's a great purchase.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Good and Reliable.

                            By lev29

                            from Lafayette, LA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery

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

                              I use it as my standard lens. I also prefer to use it because it has OSS, my a6000 camera does not, and I have hand tremors. It's also a fast lens.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Ron

                              from Seattle

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Night Photography

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

                                After reading a lot of reviews I purchased this lens for my Sony a6000 and I'm extremely pleased. its light weight, compact and the AF is fast and accurate, but the bottom line of any lens are the images. I'm no pro, but I find the photos are very sharp and I'm impressed with the contrast and colors. This has turned out to be my go to lens because I think the quality of the images are much better than the kit 16-50mm. I was looking for a fast prime lens to complament my kit lens and the 55-210mm and for me this is perfect.

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