As Sony’s full-frame mirrorless lens lineup has grown, there’s a sure irony that as the corporate began on churning out some actually, actually good lenses, just like the 12-24mm F4, the 24mm F1.four and the eye-searingly sharp 135mm F1.8, a big portion of Sony’s buyer base was craving for one thing a lot easier. And far smaller. And cheaper. For a few years, “I simply need a 35mm F1.8!” was one of the crucial oft-posted feedback beneath our Sony lens protection.

Lastly, on July ninth within the 12 months of our Lord 2019, Sony answered these customers’ prayers and launched the FE 35mm F1.8. And peace did fall throughout the land, and there was a lot rejoicing – for about 5 minutes till all of us discovered one thing else to complain about.

Product photos by Dan Bracaglia, all different pictures by Rishi Sanyal except in any other case famous.

Key specs:

  • Compatibility: Sony E-mount (full-frame and APS-C)
  • Focal size: 35mm (52mm equiv. on APS-C our bodies)
  • Most aperture: F1.8
  • Minimal focus: 22cm (8.7″ – max magnification 0.24X)
  • Development: 11 parts in 9 teams (incl., one aspherical)
  • Weight: 280g (10 oz)
  • Mud and weather-resistant
  • Diameter / Size: 66mm x 73mm (2.6″ x 2.9″)

The FE 35mm F1.Eight joins the FE 28mm F2 and FE 85mm F1.Eight within the non-GM, non-G lineup, and shares some similarities with each earlier lenses. You will not discover any fancy unique glass contained in the 35mm F1.8, and Sony would not declare that these lenses are as much as the GM customary of sturdiness in terms of weather-sealing, however they’re sharp, small-ish and comparatively reasonably priced primes, all coming in at underneath $800 MSRP.

You may discover only one unconventional piece of glass contained in the FE 35mm F1.8 – an aspherical ingredient, in direction of the rear of the lens.

Inserting the focusing optics on the rear of the lens permits optical designers to enormously cut back focus respiration.

The FE 35mm F1.Eight is the priciest of the bunch, at $750. That is noticeably costlier than the film-era 35mm F1.Eight lenses of yore, however as we’ll see, identical to the recently-reviewed Nikon Z 35mm F1.Eight S, it belongs to a brand new era in additional methods than only one.

The Sony FE 35mm’s measurement, weight and value make it an ideal companion to the A7 III, nevertheless it’s equally at residence on the higher-resolution sensor of the A7R III and A7R IV. In reality, – spoiler alert – we would advocate it over the dearer Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.four ZA for nearly each use-case.


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