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SonyE 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens
 
4.7

(based on 176 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (128)

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    (42)

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    (4)

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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

Excellent lens

By Calin Raszga

from 52002, IA

Verified Buyer

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

It is a solid lens working as expected good value for the price.
Is my first prime lens and zooming with my legs is something new and especially in city pictures where obvious a wide angle lens makes more sense.
Excellent pictures for people and nigh street with the fast lens , and OSS.
Not my day by day lens but I enjoy it's results when I use it in appropriate "application".
Overall I'm happy with it.

 
5.0

Amazing pics for the price and size.

By Henry

from Bethesda, MD

Verified Buyer

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

This "prime" lens take fantastic pictures. The F1.8 lets in lots of light and can produce a super-thin focus plane. The Bokeh for point sources is not perfectly round as advertised, it's a bit hexagonal, but it still looks gorgeous.

I protected my investment by installing a clear B+W 49mm filter.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Very versatile lens

By Kevin V

from Frisco, TX

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this lens for my A6000. This is my go to lens for everyday use due to its versatility. Perfect for both landscape and portrait. I would definitely choose this over the 50mm anyday.

 
5.0

Great lens for my a5100 camera

By Viktor

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Very good lens for my a5100. Very bright for low light condition, for portraits and landscapes, home photo and video.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile lens for everyday use

By George

from New Orleans, LA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought my Sony a6000 without the kit lens and instead purchased this lens to go along. After much research, I found that this is a great upgrade from the kit lens for overall everyday use. So far I've taken a student's senior pictures, taken pictures of a vehicle for a "for sale" posting, and taken professional headshots. I found this lens to be exceptional in creating a pleasant, natural bokeh in portrait shots without compromising the sharpness of the subject. I have a backpacking trip coming up and I plan to take this lens along with me. I expect it to perform well. Overall I have no complaints with this lens and I think it's a great addition to any a6000's camera bag.

 
5.0

Perfect for A6300

By Michael

from Undisclosed

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

Sharp images for photo/video use. You pay more for the OSS and the 1.8 on these lenses but its worth it for handheld work and work done on a gimbal as it helps smooth out the footage alot as well as low light situations. Not much else to say other than it works great for me.

 
5.0

Worth it!

By daddyful

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

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

I use this with the Sony A6000. The lens itself is beautifully made. The size is nice and compact. The focal distance is versatile enough that you can take portraits and some mid shots. Produces beautiful, sharp images. the built in OSS helps a bit when I try to take short video clips although you still have to consciously steady your hands when you're not using a gimbal or steady cam.

 
5.0

Sharp lens - great for the money!

By Ian B.

from Indianapolis, IN

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is extremely sharp! I am using it on an a6300 and the OSS very nice, plus it has pretty fast autofocus as well. For the price, I highly recommend this lens!

 
4.0

Sharp, fast and stabilized

By Bill

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Almost everything is great about this lens. It's fast, very sharp and has optical stabilization. Manual focusing pretty much doesn't work unless it is to do fine adjustment from auto focus. When autofocus doesn't work such as when attempting a closeup with a bright background, you can't focus at all. There should be a pure manual focus mode.

 
5.0

Great normal access

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great normal lens....just as advertised

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens for a great price.

By DocHutch

from Undisclosed

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

Bought this lens to be used on the Sony a6500 and so far I love it. The autofocus and image stabilization on this lens is amazing for video. Only thing I recommend is getting a quality UV filter to keep on the lens, the actual shape on the glass makes it hard to keep dust off.

 
5.0

Great camera lenses

By Alberto

from Undisclosed

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

Excellent service!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great light weight lens with fabulous image quality.

By Dana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I did a lot of research on the sony e 35mm f/ 1.8 oss lens before purchasing. I usually buy used equipment thru b&h but this lens never came available so I strapped myself financially so I could have it for my trip to New Orleans in less than a month. I chose this particular lens for the lightness and great image quality. I am glad I did. I took a few practice shots at a vista point and though the hills and lovely colors were far away I was pleased with the lens performance. Would recommend to friends, family and anyone interested in a great lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome lens

By Shane

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Super sharp lens and great in low light. Very happy with it so far.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Tom

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is as advertised! Very sharp and fast auto focus!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent lens, great for portraits

By Maureen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this 35mm. On my APSC, its about a 50mm. I use this for portraits and video . I use this also for video work on a gimbal. I love the autofocus paired with my a6500. I get a nice cinematic look while on a gimbal.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fast and compact

By JE

from Undisclosed

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

The reason why I got a Sony a6000 was to have a light and easy to carry camera for traveling. I have had bad experiences with heavy gear in the past... but with an a6000 paired with the 35mm, I have a much better picture-taking experience. The autofocus is fast and the quality is lovely. I am happy with my purchase. My only concern was the price but despite it being high for a 50mm equivalent lens, I am not regretful of my purchase.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT LENS

By SCARFACEDDS

from NEW YORK

Verified Buyer

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

BEST LENS FOR SONY! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 
5.0

This lens goes where ever I go.

By Phillip

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I originally purchased the FE 28mm thinking it was a better piece of glass. But VOW was obviously smaller and lack of image stabilization was a downer. This lens is a nice prime lens to have. The focal length is just right for walking around with but its also a good length for video use. I use this in tandem with the E 50mm.

 
4.0

Great little lens except.

By Matthew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an amazingly sharp lens..Focus is awesome, size is tiny, loved it, but no weather seals so it had to go as I live in Seattle. :)

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