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Sony SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 Prime Fixed Lens
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- Compact, lightweight fixed F1.8 lens
- New optical design for excellent peripheral sharpness and contrast
- Built-in image stabilization
- Silent and smooth high-speed focusing ideal for shooting movies
- Superb focusing operation
- Lens not zoomable
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|Compatible Devices||NEX-C3A, NEX-F3K, NEX-3D, NEX-C3D, NEX-5, NEX-5RK, NEX-5ND, NEX-5A, NEX-5K, NEX-F3D, NEX-3A, NEX-3K, NEX-C3K, NEX-5N, NEX-5NK, NEX-5D, NEX-6, NEX-6Y, NEX-6L, NEX-7, NEX-7K|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.48 x 2.48 x 1.77 inches|
|Item Display Weight||155 grams|
|Item Weight||0.34 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.30 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||35 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||35 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||44 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.53 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
E 35mm F1.8 OSS Prime Lens
High performance and a compact design make the SEL-35F18 an ideal “second lens” that is easy to carry around when capturing the action. It’s ideal for a wide variety of photos, including snapshots while strolling, night shots (thanks to the bright maximum aperture) and portraits with superb background/foreground blur.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass
As focal lengths get longer, lenses built with conventional optical glass have difficulties with chromatic aberration, and as a result images suffer from lower contrast, lower color quality, and lower resolution. ED glass dramatically reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings. Super ED glass provides enhanced compensation for chromatic aberration.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.
Lens-based optical image stabilization
Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
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Top Customer Reviews
EDIT: As of February 4th, Sony has officially announced the release of a firmware update to the NEX-5r/6 to allow this lens (and many others) to function with the on-sensor PDAF. There is now even less to complain about on this lens' performance. END EDIT
I've already written a rather extensive review of this fine lens on my website (look up Matthew Durr Photography if you want to read more detailed information), but let me distill down the lens' major high points and bottom low points:
-Even on the NEX-7, the 35mm f/1.8 provides good to great sharpness at most apertures
-The OSS gives about 3-4 stops of shutter speed advantage, depending on how steady your hands are
-Out-of-focus areas are generally pleasing for a lens of this type, save for some busyness with complex backgrounds (tree branches, for example)
-Extremely compact, focuses quick, and is a good value for the money
-Even being a good value (the OSS is accounting for a majority of the lens' cost), $450 for a 52.5mm f/2.8 equivalent Field-of-View lens (on a full-frame 35mm sensor) is pretty high
-Longitudinal chromatic aberrations at the wider apertures, mainly in the backgrounds, can be distracting (but can mostly be edited out)
Okay, so why did I give it five stars with the above listed cons? It's simple. In nearly every shooting situation that calls for the 50mm field-of-view, this 35mm f/1.8 delivers. Low-light? OSS.Read more ›
If you want to see my photos I've taken with this lens, you can check them out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willtung/tags/35mm
I have this, and the 50mm prime from Sony and I love both of them. I'm not an expert but I can tell you practically what these lenses are good for:
- the 35mm is better for making sure you get SHOTS IN FOCUS (much more forgiving depth of field), it's better for video (because you don't want to use autofocus for video), and it gives you a wider field of view of course. It is similar to a 50mm on a 35mm.
- the 50mm has more "reach" (zoomed in more if you like) and a smaller field of view. However, you get a MUCH shallower depth of field which makes getting beautiful bokeh very easy. That said, it can also make it a royal pain to get things in focus because especially at close range, the depth of field is super shallow. Still good for video, when you can't be right up in the action, but less useful than the 35mm. The 50mm is also going to show more hand movement (even with OSS) than the 35mm though OSS is EXCELLENT on both.
The 1.8 aperture is good for indoors and low light situations, again, with the depth of field issue in mind for the 50mm. In confined spaces the 35mm would be better for both field of view and depth of field reasons ESPECIALLY in low light. I can generally shoot video at 1/50th at ISO 100 or 200 with some help from some small portable LED lights with no issues whatsoever. If you have any of the NEX cameras, then you probably know that you need to stay below ISO 400-800 for video unless you're a fan of noise. While it's fine up to ISO 1600, you really get a much nicer quality video in the lower ISO numbers. Past ISO 1600 you might as well be using a cheap camcorder.
The 1.Read more ›
I'm not a pixel peeper, so I can't comment on the nitty gritty of the lens. But I can tell the difference between kit lenses and this, hands down. The f/1.8 makes bokeh incredibly smooth and gives you much more latitude than a kit lens would to get creative with your aperture.
To me, learning to shoot with a prime should be at the top of the list if you're looking to improve your photography. This lens is a great place to do so.
For the hobbyist/ametuer, there's little reason to blow nearly twice the money for the ziess prime. Look no further than the SEL35F18 if you're looking to take your photography to the next level.
Between my A6000 and this lens, the weak point in the setup isn't the equipment, it's me. Plenty of room to grow into my kit, but also not intimidating, which is equally important.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great lens. A bit on the pricey side, butas expected for an e-mount lens.Published 2 days ago by Mark
After using the 16-50mm kit lens on my a6000 for a year, I wanted an upgrade... and I got one in this lens! What a difference. Read morePublished 2 days ago by K. Spirek
Love this lens!!!! I chose this one prime lens for my Sony A6000 and I'm continually blown away by it's amazing clarity and performance! (My friends are jealous!)Published 3 days ago by Pamela M.
Recived a kit lens in box with first lens the second one was used and missing lens capPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it for my Sony a6000 - extremely happy overall; great sharpness and F/1.8. After comparing it with the kit lens (16-50mm) by 100% crops of still subjects (using tripod)... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Haraldur Baldursson
I am an Amateur photographer but in the first 20 mins in manual mode i was taking some amazing pictures. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Blake wiruth