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SonyE 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens
 
4.7

(based on 141 reviews)

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    (101)

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    (34)

  • 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 (68)
  • Nice bokeh (65)
  • Consistent output (49)
  • Easily interchangeable (49)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (5)
  • Slow focus (5)
  • Price (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (70)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Weddings (35)
  • Video (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (55), Casual photographer (25), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (111), 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

New to Sony Mirrorless.. This is the only lens you need

By Anthony - New Perspective Photographic

from Northford, CT

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

I use this lens for everything right now, and i haven't met a task i cannot complete. I have done 2 model shoots with this lens exclusively, and countless other general photography projects. The best things with regards to this lens are the build quality, auto focus, and image clarity. First off the build quality... this Lens is SOLID but not heavy at all, nice all metal body and really smooth focus ring for when you want to go all manual. Next we have the auto focus, this is a big thing for the sony mirrorless line, and on my A6300 it is easy to see, so many different options for focus area size on the camera alone, and no matter where it is set the lens is super quick to pick up and hold focus. Lastly the image quality, Sony is newer to the lens game but by god they are fast approaching Nikon and Canon quality lens. While they don't have the wide range of various lens availability, most of what you need is available as a sony native lens, and this prime is a Prime example of the great quality, the tack like sharpness is amazing. For me the only draw back is the price point, and its only because i am a broke college student so i was only able to buy this one lens... but if you can only get one lens this is the jack of all trades in the sony line that can take you all the way.

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5.0

Such a Great Lens!

By Chris

from Chicago

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

I purchased this lens hoping that it would exceed my expectation and it performs beyond it. I love the focal point too. It delivers very crisp pictures.

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5.0

Excellent product.

By photog bri

from Toronto Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

Great lens. Excellent image quality. Good size match for my camera.. I got great shots on my A6300, of people and landscape.

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4.0

Good lens

By Maged

from Egypt

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

Compact and robust design.
Sharp photos.
Slow AF in low light.
Pricey.

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4.0

Gorgeous little lens

By philbb

from charlotte nc

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

I shoot pro video on some really expensive cinema glass and this little lens is beautiful for the money. Very versatile, decent Bokeh, and very light weight. Only gripe is the Auto Focus is a little slo sometimes. OSS is a must have as well.

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5.0

A must-have accessory for the a6300

By Bill

from Port St. Lucie, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

This lens makes my new Sony a6300 come alive! I've very happy with the results.

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4.0

Great Prime Lens

By Dan (a6000)

from Washington, D.C.

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Macro Photography
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

This is a fantastic starter lens for E-mount cameras. I bought it with the body-only a6000 option because I figured it was worth the extra few hundred to get what I was told was a vastly superior lens to the kit option. After shooting with it for a couple of weeks, I can say that it definitely lives up to the hype.

First, what this lens is great at: close-up's in both high and low-light situations. There are other primes that perform great in daylight, but this one really takes phenomenal photos in low-light situations. So if you think you may want that capability and are deciding between the 35mm f/1.8 and something like the Sigma, you should probably go for the Sony.

Now, this may not come as a surprise to experienced photographers, but at 35mm, this lens is not going to take very clear wide-angle photos. So if you are thinking you'll buy this as an all-purpose lens, you'll be disappointed as that is not what this lens is designed for. A photo of your wife and kids in front of the ocean will look crystal clear and like a professional photo. A photo of a mountain range won't be distinguishable from your iPhone camera. Again, that's not a criticism, because the lens is optimized to perform highly in a mid-range focal length, but just offering that in case somebody is thinking this will work as an all-purpose lens.

I gave it 4 stars simply because the lens quality is superb, but the value is perhaps a little lacking at $400, as all Sony lenses tend to be a bit overpriced in my opinion. I do think that the Sony lenses are the best for E-mount, but at twice the price of competing options, I'm not sure they are twice as good. That said, the OSS feature is going to be more useful in this lens than say a wide-angle lens. The reason being that for most wide-angle shots you'll probably be using a lower shutter speed and a tripod anyway.

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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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

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

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Better than the other options, but not the best possible

        By ApexPC.Imgur.com

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

        This is pretty much the 30-35mm lens you want for your A6000/6300/NEX, but I wish it were better.

        The new Sigma 30mm f/1.4 is sharper, but this lens comes out on top for its usability.
        -Small and light weight. DON'T UNDERVALUE THIS! It makes one handed shots and fitting into small bags much easier than the Sigma 30mm f/1.4. The Sigma 30mm f/2.8 is also very compact and an awesome alternative if you don't need low light shots and don't want to spend $200 more for the f/1.4.
        -This is the only 30-ish lens with OSS. I shoot in a lot of low light and this is invaluable to me.
        -Autofocus hit rate is good. I'd say 70-80% on pretty much everything I shoot except the dog at full sprint.
        -Build quality is good but is a finger oil magnet.

        COMPARISON PICTURES BETWEEN SIGMA 30MM, SONY 35MM, AND SONY 50MM!! Distortion pics included. Tested at f/1.4, f/1.7, f/1.8, f/5.6, and f/7.1. Focus was on the CPU block. Shot on a tripod with remote app so there is no motion blur. ONLY TESTED FOR SHARPNESS.

        http://imgur.com/a/2sqal
        http://imgur.com/a/pvbHs
        http://imgur.com/a/kFj2P
        http://imgur.com/a/xKsFt

        SIZE COMPARISON!
        http://imgur.com/a/bkIrQ

        Overall, I really like this lens, but I do wish it were sharper. Oh, and purple fringing is pretty atrocious on this thing.

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        5.0

        See More... Sharpness

        By No�l

        from Hendersonville and NYC

        Comments about Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens:

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

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          • No

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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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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 E 35mm f/1.8 OSS 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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