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Sony Alpha SAL35F18 35mm f/1.8 A-mount Wide Angle Lens (Black)

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  • DT 35mm f/1.8 Prime Lens (non-zoom)
  • ALC-SH111 Solid-circular lens hood
  • Front and rear lens cap

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL35F18
  • Lens Type: Standard Zoom
  • Maximum focal length: 52.5 millimeters

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  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 4.3 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042GHI8U
  • Item model number: SAL35F18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2010

Product Description


Capture wide scenes with optimal detail using the SAL35F18 Wide Angle Lens and your compatible ? DSLR camera. An ALC-SH111 solid-circular lens hood and front and rear lens caps are also included.

FEATURES:
  • Large F1.8 maximum aperture - In combination with the in-body image stabilization provided by ? series cameras, the bright F1.8 maximum aperture of this lens offers a significant advantage for hand-held shooting in low-light situations. The high resolution of this prime lens and the smooth defocusing achieved by its large F1.8 aperture can be utilized to create images that have impressive depth and three-dimensionality
  • SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) - Autofocus signals received from the camera body control a motor built into the lens. The internal motor directly drives the focusing group for smooth autofocus operation.
  • Uncompromised basic features - At 0.23 meters the minimum focusing the SAL35F18 makes it possible to move in for spectacular close-ups. The front filter mount does not rotate when the lens focuses, and this is a distinct advantage for polarizing filter use. A distance scale is also provided.

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Customer Reviews

It's very sharp even wide open.
C. Manuelian
Update; I've now had this lens for over six months, and am even more convinced that this is one of the best lens values you can possibly find for a Sony DSLR.
Philip
The build quality is comparable to the kit lens, all plastic, which does make it very light which is a plus.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

97 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Georgio on December 2, 2010
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I got this lens for my new Sony A55. First I was going to buy Sony 50mm/1.4, but after realizing how much I've already spent, I decided to slow down a little. After being used to quality build of SAL 18-250 lens I was just amazed how cheap this lens looked like when I took it out the box. It felt like this thing was build for Toys-R-Us. When I set to Manual focus and turned ring around - those little (plastic) gears inside were grinding pretty loudly. Build is comparable to kit lens. It is ... plastic. Made in China.

But when I attached lens to camera and started taking pictures, I calmed down. :) All is fine, optics are very good, lens is sharp. Just, do not confuse "SAM" abbreviation on the lens with word "silent". Focusing is not silent at all. But not too terrible loud either. Bokeh is very nice too. I got it mostly for night video/still shots, but in daylight this lens is very good too. Colors are not distorted, no obvious defects in optics. It is super light - 6oz! (170gr). That's ~3 times lighter than my zoom lens! After APS-C 1.5 conversion ratio it is my 50mm lens (52.5). And inexpensive too for 175. If it dies, it dies.

Most importantly, this is a newer Sony lens, I hope better suited for new cameras Sony A33/55 and A560/580. 1-2 year older lenses will fit/work too, but might be off in some parameters. So, if you have these cameras, you can definitely can give this lens a try. It does what it supposed to do.

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UPDATE: after using this lens for a while, I found out that even in setting when all light is provided only by a very basic lighting in my office, plus table top lamp - this lens has no issues to get very good video/stills. Now, I'm VERY comfortable with it. And with (included) hood on - it looks cool too. I like it! I posted couple pics of plants in my backyard, to get idea how it works.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dan Keener on March 30, 2011
35mm is close to the ideal "normal" (neither wide-angle nor telephoto) field of view on APS-C DSLR's. It very closely approximates the field-of-view of a 50mm lens on a film SLR, which is a focal length that people have found tremendously useful for decades. It's been easy to find 50mm primes, both new and used, for quite some time -- but 50mm with the 1.5x crop factor of a DSLR is kind of an awkward focal length, useful but not ideal for that one, everyday prime lens.

Before this lens, sony shooters looking for a "normal" prime had some options, none of which were very appealing. The sigma 30mm/f1.4 is an OK lens, but relatively pricey for mediocre performance. You could look for a 20 year old minolta 35mm/f2, but those were fetching a small fortune on the used market. You could use the old minolta 28mm/f2.8, but that was never a very strong lens, and not fast for a prime either. The sony/minolta 35mm/f1.4G was a nice option if you wanted to drop $1300.

And now, along comes a lens many sony shooters have been begging for for years -- a budget "normal" prime, f2 or better for APS bodies. And the lens does not disappoint in any way. Optics are very nice all around. Sharpness is excellent, even good wide open (though keep in mind focus can be hard to control at wide apertures on any lens, and contrast can suffer). Color and contrast are very pleasing. Focusing is fairly fast, and seems very accurate on my a700. The lens is pretty small, and extremely light, which means you can take it with you anywhere.

In short: lots to love about this lens, and no real downside. Should be a no-brainer purchase for anyone with a Sony APS-C DSLR.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 15, 2010
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Compared to the kit lens, I was surprised at how much sharper and detailed the images are from this prime lens. The build quality is comparable to the kit lens, all plastic, which does make it very light which is a plus. I noticed the focus motor is also a little smoother and quieter as well. Keep in mind that at the maximum aperture the depth of field is extremely narrow. This requires critical focus accuracy which the A55 seems to accomplish effortlessly even in low light.

This lens seems like a great bargain based on my results vs. cost.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Philip on March 23, 2012
This is about as cheap as worthwhile lenses get. There are only two lenses in Sony's lineup that are cheaper than this (the 50mm F1.8, and the 18-55 zoom, which I've also reviewed). As a very low-cost lens, it gets plastic construction, the SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) focus system instead of screw drive or SSM (the best focus drive around), and the most basic focus markings. The SAM focusing motor means you have to deal with two focus mode switches; one on the lens, and one on the camera. I could live without that, really; if I had my way, this lens would just use the body-driven focus and ditch the SAM. But putting motors in lenses is the trendy design these days. As I said, this is an all-plastic body; it doesn't feel nearly as solid as something like a Minolta metal body prime or a Tamron 17-50.

So those are the drawbacks of this lens. Let's talk about its good points. This is going to take a lot more space. Remember those cheaper lenses I mentioned? Well, the 18-55 has (or really lacks, depending on how you look at it) one feature that's rather annoying; the front element turns with the focus ring. So if you use something like a graduated filter or polarizer, you have to focus, and then adjust that filter. Well this ultra-low cost 35mm doesn't do that. Turn the focus ring, and the front element stays put. So you can set up your filter, and then move on to focusing - a much better process. And speaking of focusing, if you're a manual transmission kind of shooter, the ring on this lens has a good long range of motion, so you can do a good job of getting just the right focus. Good thing, too, because this lens has a very shot minimum focus distance (MFD), and when you're right up on a subject at F1.
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