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Sony - 35mm f/1.8 Prime Lens for Most NEX E-Mount Cameras - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Photography at its simplest

    Posted
    rashoop

    Haven't fiddled with this lens too much yet, but the little I have, I'm impressed, and already planning more photo-outings with it. Attached to my NEX-6, this provides a package that is just fun to use, especially with the camera set to A (aperture priority). The f/1.8 is fast, and means that this lens can take great images when light is low, and no flash is possible/allowed/desired. It also means great bokeh, and with the 35/f18 lens, it is beautifully blurred in the background, while your subject is incredibly focused, meaning the subject is what you look at - not so much the background. With its fixed focal length, you (the photographer) is the zoom. Move closer or further away to get the perspective you're looking for. Some have said (elsewhere) that the lens isn't the sharpest at f/1.8, but my limited experience with it so far hasn't revealed any issues. I've attached a couple of my first images I took with the lens; nothing artistic, but they do let you see bokeh (DoF or depth-of-field) and low-light capabilities. As I mentioned, I'm just looking forward to more time with this lens - and the NEX-6 as well...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Portraits

    Posted
    Prizem
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    I'm just an amateur, but I wanted to see what other lenses offer besides what came with my kit. After reading reviews, I landed on this one. The shots are beautiful. This lens very easily creates a bokeh effect, where my other lenses struggle to do so. It's a tighter shot, not as wide as the zoomable kit lens. But it's more crisp and clear than the kit lens. It can also focus faster than the kit lens. On a recent trip to Disney World, I used both to great effect. For wider shots, I used the kit lens since this prime lens has a more narrow view. But when taking pictures of friends/family, I swapped to this one and got great shots every time. I'm just an amateur, but I'd recommend using both for different reasons. It can be tougher at a convention. This lens is great for portrait or half-body shots. But often, I want to see the whole body, including shoes, for great cosplay. This lens requires standing farther back to get the whole person, so for a con, I stuck to the kit lens which has a wider angle (since the further back I go, the more people walk in-between). But when it's a group shot and I'm already further back, or in a hallway with breathing room, this lens takes the cake and makes every shot look amazing!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Insanely good!

    Posted
    DarR
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    I was choosing between this and the sel28f20--- both had the same price, the latter being a full frame lens. This one, specifically has OSS. It's a perfect companion to my a6000. The sel28f20 does not have image stabilization. I love the DOF on this one and the light it brings in. Waaaaaaay better than the kit lens-- and I love prime lenses. I have the minolta nifty fifty f1.7 and the A mount adapter and that one is still good too, but on the a6000, it's a little to narrow. This one I think is the perfect walkaround lens and the build quality is decent-- not much different from the kit lens. But the images that I get from this is insanely good. I think this should be a staple lens for people on the Sony cropped mirrorless systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speed and sharpness

    Posted
    Hjohnny
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    I wanted another lens to carry around for travel, and looked at the Sony 18-105, read a lot of reviews and watched videos, and many of them mentioned the 40mm, as a fast, small, sharp lens. I finally decided that was the way to go. I took it on a 10 day trip, along with a zoom and a 12mm. The zoom never left the hotel, the 40mm did all but a few landscapes. It is great in many situations, much like the old 50mm that was on 35mm. You just reframe to get what you want out of it. The depth of field is fantastic stopped down or wide open. And the bokeh is quite nice. All in all very happy with the lens. Well balanced on the camera, and super sharp.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect every day lens for E-mount

    Posted
    Matt
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    Wow! This thing takes GREAT shots. I use it with my Sony a6000, and it almost never comes off! I would argue that the Sony 35mm f/1.8 is the must have lens for taking shots of people with the a6000. for someone just starting out, if you can afford it, get just the camera body and this lens. the kit lens isn't that great at all unfortunately :/ this thing is fast! also, the focusing works brilliantly on this thing. it's a little soft wide open but the colors are vibrant with little chromatic aberration. honestly, unless you're willing to spend $1k+, this is the lens I would recommend for your daily go to, pull out the camera and shoot lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    READ For SONY A7S Mii users

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    Seed
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    Upon mounting onto my SONY A7SMii, I noticed a hefty vignette around the edges of my frame when shooting video in 4K. This was for a impromptu shoot and I needed something fast. I ended up just shooting with the vignette and cropping in post. What I didn't know is that you can go into your settings and just adjust the optical zoom and crank out that vignette while still shooting in 4K. Might be worth it if you're on a budget and don't want to hit the $799 Sony 35mm (which is full-frame ready). Overal, small compact lens. Light-weight. Sharper image than my old canon 35mm. Excellent in low light. Not a bad idea for photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    Tomtom
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    I decided to go with the 35mm lens over the 50mm. 35 let's you get more in the shot while being closer. I mainly take pictures of my daughter, playing, at Disney or just regular still shots of her posing for me. The light this lens allows in is amazing. I love how much more this lens looks than the lens I got with the camera bundle. Everyone ask what camera I am using. I tell the it's Sony A6000 but I tell them it's the 35mm lens as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Prime Lens

    Posted
    MarinesDream2018
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    I purchased this lens to take graduation photo's of my daughter from college. I love this lens with my Sony A6000! The images are crisp and clear giving a beautiful bokeh. The auto-focus can be a little finicky at times, but nothing that can't be overcome. The OSS is outstanding. Feel free to check out my shots on Instagram at marinesdream2018. Like I said "I love this lens!" For the price you can't beat it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Prime Choice for SONY a6000 and a6000

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    stevenj2
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    I purchased at Best Buy along with an a6000 with the 16-50 kit lens. I found the 35 an essential walking around lens, as 35 and or 50 primes are the most recommended for first time lens upgraders. This lens in compact and light but finely not insubstantial, as it is designed for the APS-C sensors a6000, a6300 cameras - and not for the fine full frame SONY a7 series. I knew what i wanted based on another DSLR system and various lenses for it. If you are skilled at selecting focus modes and points, you can use it opened up fairly wide and get a sharp shot, or stopped down somewhat and get nice bokeh - which is contrary to what is commonly first though of as what fast lens does, but that is what good glass can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crystal Clear

    Posted
    EdEd
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    Great lens. Nothing to complain about, as it does its job perfectly. My only nitpick is the manual focus is reeeeeeally slow and takes several full turns of the knob to get the focus where you want it, so stick to auto focus. Otherwise, this is the lens you want if you are taking pictures indoors and don't really have ideal lighting conditions, as the F1.8 lets in as much of the available light as possible, and the 35mm is great if you are less than 10 feet from your subject (I would use the 50mm if you are 10-20 feet from your subject). I use this for birthday parties with my family, which are usually at night and indoors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great all around lens

    Posted
    GregsPhotography
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    This prime lens makes the perfect companion to my Sony A6000. It works great in low light conditions, AF works very fast and accurate. The build quality is great, and the manual focusing ring feels smooth and very responsive. The color rendition and the bokeh from this lens is absolutely beautiful. The only reason why I did not give it 5 stars is because of the price, I wish it was $100 cheaper. Pros: Size, fast AF, quality Cons: Price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Takes Stunning Photos

    Posted
    AlxOrl
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    I'm a newbie to the photography hobby. With that being said, I'm also strapped for cash so I am cautious on spending. This lens is definitely not on the affordable spectrum (in my opinion) but it is definitely affordable compared to higher end lenses. I have no regrets purchasing this. The lowest f stop this lens can handle is 1.8 - which is great. That's one less thing for me to work on in Photoshop. The colors are phenomenal and can auto focus pretty quickly. This also is quieter than the lens kit that came with the Sony NEX-C3. This lens is great for close range photos. For portraits, it's better to get the 50mm - which is actually cheaper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best lens for your A6xxx series Camera

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    CorpDeskJockey
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    First let’s start off with the bad, it’s price. But with that out of he way, it’s the one of the best choices you can make for an all purpose walk around lenses. Sony’s 1.5x crop factor puts this at a focal length of 52.5mm which is close to the perfect “nifty fifty” range that’s just right for everyday and street photography. It’s also pretty good in low light situations due to the combination of having an f1.8 and OSS, Sony’s version of optical stabilization. If you shoot a lot of video, you will definitely want this for it’s quietness when autofocusing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic native lens that wont break the bank

    Posted
    Joshbrochelle
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    I'm relatively new to photography but i did a lot of research before purchasing this lens and i gotta say: it was worth every penny. I currently own an a6500 and this lens absolutely does the trick for me. Impressive auto focus (i know the camera helps too), great low light capabilities, and great bokeh all for under $500. I actually bought this after trying the canon 35mm f2 USM, and i definitely prefer this one, as well as the rest of sonys native line for aps-c cameras. Definitely check this one out if you get the chance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice fast glass

    Posted
    JimM
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    I recently purchased a Sony a6000 for my wife and wanted to add a nice fast prime lens to her bag. On an APS-C sensor (like the a6000) a 35mm lens is equivalent to a 50mm lens on a full frame camera. This is a nice lens for street photography or portraits amongst other things. Because it can open up to f1.8, it's great for low light work or for shots where you want a narrow depth of field along with bokeh. This lens is a nice step up from the kit lenses that came with the a6000 and is capable of producing some amazingly sharp and detailed photographs. Depending on your needs, I would definitely recommend putting this on your short list for a prime lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great all around lens

    Posted
    Oleg

    Forget about zoom lens. That is going to be my only lens for travel, party shots, family shots. 35mm is convenient for portrait and group shots. Sharpness is excellent at any stop. Bokeh is very good (test shot was about 6 ft away). I wish I had this lens earlier. It is way better in sharpness, colors, contrast vs to zoom lens 18-105. I exchange 18-105 for this lens and very happy about it. Although colors are a little cooler.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good lens

    Posted
    riotproductions
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    This is a pretty good lens. Image is crisp and adds to the oss if you have the capability. auto focus is a bit loud. If you have an external mic this isn't an issue. just remember what you get with a crop sensor. a 35mm is now a 56mm. no real complaints from me on this. I enjoy this lens and will continue to use it for years to come. Glad I don't listen to the simple minded employees there. I knew what I wanted and got it. Employees always seem to know extremely little about any product in the store. Get this lens if you have an e-mount. you won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A bit pricey and not as bokeh

    Posted
    PCsux12282015
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    I only snapped a few photos. They look okay. I am not sure if all I read on the internet is true about this lens. Jury is still out, but I do not like the fit when I mount it on the camera. It feels a bit tight. What I thought was a travesty was the package it came in. It came just in a bag with bubbles inside. I was shocked. $400 and best buy threw it in a one-layer bubble bag. I purposely didn't buy the lens from Amazon because it required shipping (didn't want it shipped). However, I ended up buying from best buy since I could physically bring to store if there were any issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi PCsux12282015, Thanks for posting a review. We appreciate it. To maximize the bokeh, make sure that the aperture is set to the biggest opening which is F1.8. You can do this by setting the mode of the camera to Aperture or Manual mode. Best regards, Zander

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent image quality with this lens

    Posted
    DesignerMike
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    I've been an amateur/enthusiast photographer for nearly 20 years, and chose this lens as my first prime for my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera. The image quality is fantastic, with all of the benefits you're looking to get from a high-end prime lens. Nevertheless, I have noticed that I look at compositions a bit wider before framing them up in the viewfinder with the 35mm lens. On the APS-C sized sensor on the Sony mirrorless cameras, I find myself needing to take a couple steps back to get the full composition set in my shots.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    beautiful lens, some limitations

    Posted
    lalalemons
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    I'll start with the pros - excellent for low light photography, including city shots, milky way, etc. Though it is only 35mm, I feel like you do achieve a pretty good bokeh effect for closer shots and photography. I use this with the Sony A6000. Major limitation that I do not like is the lens is not wide enough for landscape. In retrospect, I wish that I paid $100 extra for the retractable kit lens. Outside of joint camera+lens offer, I don't think that lens would be worth the $200 plus they charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend