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

reviewer#44171 date: Nov-14-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Konica Hexar 28 F3.5
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Sony FE 35 F1.4 Distagon
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
Sony FE 35 F2.8 Sonnar
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.9 Limited
price paid:296 USD (used)
positive:Size and weight
Optical stabilization
Quiet, fast focusing
negative:Axial CA
Wavy distortion
Wavy focus plane
Tiny hood
Not available in silver
comment:A clean but well-worn copy with original hood, caps, and packaging (white box). Wear is quite visible against the black anodized coating. Like the 20 F2.8 this lens is also not available in the silver finish. The regular retail price is $450 with occasional $400 sales. "Made in China"

On the A6000 it is equivalent to about 54 mm F2.8 on full-frame. There are no full-frame 5x mm lenses with optical image stabilization, but there are several stabilized full-frame 35 mm lenses.

This copy shows a directional glow on sharp edges that probably indicates an alignment issue much like many of the Sigma lenses I've returned. A better aligned copy would likely be sharper. I am going to generously rate this a 4. My copy of the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 is much sharper.

The stabilization system seems to be quite effective, so even with the optical problems this copy seems to be a good choice for general use. The stabilization system makes faint ringing noises.

Focusing is quite fast. AF-C works fairly well across the frame though the A6000 still seems to choose focus targets in wide-area semi-randomly.

The much deeper circular ALC-SH116 hood from the E 50 F1.8 OSS fits and reverses on this lens and doesn't vignette. I am not sure why it comes with the little ALC-SH112 petal hood from the 18-55 OSS kit zoom instead.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 14
  • sharpness: 4.61
  • color: 4.64
  • build: 4.71
  • distortion: 4.57
  • flare control: 4.50
  • overall: 4.61 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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