Sony 35mm F1.8 OSS E-mount lens review by artuk

reviewer#12169 date: Mar-9-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1.4
Minolta 35mm f2
price paid:
positive:Small and light
Fast AF
Very good optical performance
negative:"only" f1.8
comment:On APS-C E mount cameras this lens gives the "normal" field of view of a 50mm lens. It's small and light, has a reasonably fast aperture, and OSS. The OSS can work very well - I have achieved photo with shutter speeds of around 1/8-1/15s with good technique.
Optically, it is very good overall, and probably better than the Sony 50mm for A mount. There is a little veiling which creates slight softness at full aperture, but it sharpens up nicely from around f2.2. As I use it as an available light lens, it's difficult to comment on the resolution across the frame, but I can't say I've seen any big problems with edges of the pictures.
Again, as a result of how I use it, I haven't noticed any big problems with colour fringing, though there seems to be a little. Flare control seems surprisingly good, and perhaps is of the general veiling type (rather than bright point spots of flare).
The focusing is generally quick on PDAF enabled cameras.
Overall, a very good lens. Just don't expect incredible sharpness at full aperture, but it's entirely useable.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 13
  • sharpness: 4.62
  • color: 4.69
  • build: 4.77
  • distortion: 4.54
  • flare control: 4.46
  • overall: 4.62 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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