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Sony35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (53)
  • Nice bokeh (34)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (28)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)
  • Consistent output (23)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (34)
  • Night photography (25)
  • Landscape/scenery (21)
  • Video (20)
  • Weddings (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Enthusiast (13), Casual photographer (10), Pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

a bit expensive but worth it

I use it as walk around lens,and very satisfied with it in term of Sharpness (f2 and up), and Contrast and Clarity. Now, let's talk about the price! Compare to Sigma...Read complete review

I use it as walk around lens,and very satisfied with it in term of Sharpness (f2 and up), and Contrast and Clarity. Now, let's talk about the price! Compare to Sigma 30mm f2.8 ( which is a very good lens also) it is kind of steep, but we factor those advantages from Sony 35mm f1.8 in... OSS (help maintain low ISO with proper shutter speed.) Light weight and Sony name No rattling and quick turn-on (Compare to Sigma 30mm). But 4 stars because from my hard earn cold cash, it's still expensive !!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Noisy

I just got one of these. Been waiting for it for my Nex-7. I was amazed. When I pressed the shutter there was a loud ZICK ZICK noise which had me baffled. ...Read complete review

I just got one of these. Been waiting for it for my Nex-7. I was amazed. When I pressed the shutter there was a loud ZICK ZICK noise which had me baffled. I finally tracked it down to the aperture blades. They are stopped down to allow viewing of the depth of field but they jump open to meter and focus. Then they stop back down. ZICK ZICK. Hardly silent. You can hear it easily across the room. As in "SOMEONE TAKING PICTURES OVER HERE!"

Seems to kind of negate the purpose of a nice prime fast lens on such a camera format. It is present in manual, priority and speed modes. In manual it is more of a ZICK CHATTER sound also very non-silent.

Nice format, seems well built, good match to the Nex-7, but a street format camera with a built in buzzer seems ill conceived.

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5.0

beautiful, versatile

By Vanessa Anne

from NJ

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Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Annoying To Change

Best Uses

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

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

As a semi-newbie to photography, I love this prime lens. It's sharp, fast, and produces (to my eye) very please bokeh. I bought this in time for study abroad, and while I personally find it a bit of a pain to change lenses so that I can get wider landscape shots on my kit lens, this lens is great for those times when I want to take portraits of people and of people in front of landmarks. This captured some beautiful photos of my friends and I against certain Berlin landmarks at night during the city's Festival of Lights. Will be using it for a long time, I think!

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5.0

Great Lens

By Quickrod

from San Antonio, Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video

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

    Just started using this lens and so far everything is perfect. Great lens for the price.

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    5.0

    great!

    By acc

    from montana

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

    - killer 35mm for price

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    4.0

    Good Addition to Arsenal

    By tonyakimbo

    from New York, NY

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Street Phototgraphy

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

      Love this lens. I tend to shoot in prime most of the time and looking to add a good all round lens to my kit. This fit the bill.

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      5.0

      Very nice prime lens

      By Rocket

      from Clearfield, UT

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light

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

        Use indoors in low light and outdoor people shots and scenery shots.

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        5.0

        Great all round lens

        By Pat

        from Chicago, IL

        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
          • Video

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

          Needed a ~30mm focal length lens for a general photography. This covers street and some portraits so a very versatile lens. f1.8 gives great bokeh and lowlight performance that other alternatives might not have. The only real competitor for this lens would be the Sigma 30 due to its value, but for a little more, you wouldn't ever need to upgrade in the 30mm range if you bought this lens. Outstanding sharpness and good images!

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          5.0

          Sharp, versatile lens

          By Vanessa Anne

          from NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

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          Pros

          • 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'm completely new to the world of mirrorless and DSLR cameras, but I do own the kit lens, this, and the SEL50mmf18 as well. I find myself reaching for this one quite often, as the focal length is fairly versatile, while still producing great bokeh for portraits. Very happy!

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            4.0

            Great lens, okay value

            By Life in motion

            from Richmond, VA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

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

            The lens performs wonderfully. The IQ is good; the focusing speed is fast; it also focuses quietly, which is good for video (although my standard is low, coming from a Canon 50mm f1.8, which is noisy as hell). The only turnoff is the high price. I compared my copy against an SEL50F18 of my friend's. Here is my take, for whatever it's worth.Pros: 1) smaller and lighter than SEL50F18; 2) The focal length is friendlier to indoor shooting than the 50mm, which is a tad too long on a crop body; 3) focusing seems to be faster on my a6000, but keep in mind that is probably because I didn't update the 50mm's firmware to the latest version. Cons: 1) You can't escape the fact that, for two similarly built lenses, the 50mm is $ cheaper than this one; 2) the 50mm also seems to be a little sharper based on my limited and unscientific testing. I ended up with more in-focus pictures of my one-and-half old daughter with the 50mm.Overall I'm happy with mine, but can only give it 4 star for the comparative disadvantage against the 50mm. But the focal length ultimately won me over.

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            5.0

            Great lens for the a6000

            By newenglandrocks

            from Winchester, MA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Does Not Look "serious"

            Best Uses

            • Great For Flora
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The image quality from this little lens is simply outstanding at all apertures. The sharpness, contrast, and color from the SEL35F18 are simply outstanding. The bokeh is pretty nice, but you have to either get fairly close to your subjects or have a fairly large distance between the objects in the field of view for the bokeh to really pop.

            I have not used this lens much indoors, yet, so I cannot say much about this focal length in tight spaces nor how well it works in low light conditions.

            Since I have primarily used it outdoors, I'll observe that even at ISO100 on the a6000, there are many times in bright sunlight that the picture is overexposed if taken at f/1.8, and you will have to stop down to f/2.2 or f/2.5.

            The physical form factor of this lens is superb, and a great match for the a6000. The combination is very nicely balanced together, and the lens itself is pretty small and unobtrusive. If anything, the petiteness of this combination does not look serious, which I suppose is a plus for the street photographer.

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            5.0

            Great in low light

            By Captain

            from Houston, TX

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

            Just shot a wedding rehearsal in a dimly lit Chapel. Did not want to use a flash to distract the participants. The Sony 35mm f/1.8 put out beautiful pictures. The wedding couple comments on how they look more natural than the profession photographers photos that were taken on the wedding day.

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            4.0

            Great lens

            By Nathan

            from NC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              I bought this lens, and used it for a whole and enjoyed it and got some great pictures out of it. However, I ended up returning it because I was using it primarily for indoor shots of my kids and the length of 35mm (FF=52mm) was not wide enough for most of my situations. If you are looking for this focal length though, I would recommend it. (I used it with A6000)

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              4.0

              35mm f/1.8 OSS Alpha E-mount Prime Lens

              By pplaha

              from Santa Clara

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              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

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

                I had bought this with my new A6000, it is a Sharp lens but despite the F1.8, I found it to be a less capable in low light. I am not sure if it is because the glass itself is so small in dia. or something else. The Emount options for lenses , in my opinion, is very limited. I ended returning my new A6000 and all the lenses I had bought.

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                3.0

                Huge improvement over kit zoom

                By si

                from New York

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Much better colors, sharpness and faster focus than the kit zoom. Lot's of fun so far.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens

                    By Derek

                    from Korea

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Street photography

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

                    Bought this for travel/street photography and it's great. The image quality is sharp. Although it's a little bit pricey

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                    5.0

                    Nice lens

                    By A6000 user

                    from New York, NY

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I was reluctant to buy this because of the price, and when I got it I was thinking if I had made a mistake, after all, how often would I really use it? Anyway, the image quality has won me over. It is really a great lens. Sharp, super fast focus and very fast in low light. Still use the kit lens most often, but this is my goto low light lens.

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                      4.0

                      Excellent lens

                      By zedom

                      from Montreal

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                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

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

                        This objective is underestimated, for me it is the perfect lens for the Nex series. The only flaw is that the autofocus is difficult sometimes to control but I love the photos (and video) that I get with this little object.

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                        5.0

                        Great indoor lens

                        By Dan

                        from Boston

                        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:

                          I wanted an indoor lens and this one with f1.8 is a great fit. Coming from a DSLR you need to keep in mind that 35mm is really the same as the regular 50mm

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                          5.0

                          Love it

                          By LexS

                          from Houston, TX

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              I took some pics of at a gathering and love the way the subject "pops" in the pictures.
                              Great shallow depth of field created when aperture is opened up all the way.
                              I love the fact that I also get optical image stabilization.
                              Can't compare to a Zeiss lens, but with change to spare at the end you can't beat its value.

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                              5.0

                              Beautiful photos

                              By sean the dad

                              from san francisco, ca

                              About Me Casual Photographer

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  I am a beginning photographer and this was my first lens purchase. It took amazing head shots and close ups that made me feel like it was totally worth it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By MC

                                  from Illinois

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

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

                                    Perfect focal length for portraits & great bokeh

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