Sony 35mm F1.8 OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 13   
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
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
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
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
Misalignment
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.
reviewer#29656 date: Aug-12-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:SEL 24/1.8 CZ
SEL 18-105/4 G OSS
FD 50/1.8 Canon
price paid:430 €
positive:Sharpness from f2.8 and color, OSS
Small and light
Familiarly tight MF ring
negative:Soft wide open
comment:My biggest problem was no OSS on 24/1,8 CZ. I decided after few years patient waiting to buy 35/1,8 OSS, as my feeling was, that there will be no 24/1,8 lens with OSS for aps-c or aps-c body with IBIS.

Lovely small lens for low light shooting and for jacketable combo. OSS can bring shutter speed easily up to 1/10s. If to take more shots, 1/5s can give enough sharp shot too.

MF ring feels familiarly tight compared to 24/1,8 CZ. When right position selected, it stays better on position. Can be, that 24/1,8 MF ring was more tight when I bought it in 2012, but so it is for now.

Lens is sold. My copy has been not good enough compared to 24/1,8CZ and I have used 35/1,8 OSS too little compared to 24/1,8CZ, despite to idea to use it's OSS.
reviewer#29636 date: Jul-20-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Sigma 30/1.4 (e-mount)
price paid:1100PLN/270USD (used
positive:- overall IQ
- size
- OSS
- built quality
negative:- CA
- sharpness could be better
- "onion" pattern in OOF bright spots
comment:A wonderful example how to make decent, small and reasonably priced lens (especially second-hand - Sony, we need more such lenses!). Prone to heavy CA in certain situations but overall IQ is great.
Also suffers from "onion" bokeh (probably due to use of aspherical element).
reviewer#21441 date: Dec-2-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 FE 16-35mm f/4 at 35mm
price paid:349 USD (used)
positive:small, light and very sharp
negative:none
comment:Depending on how much post-capture sharpening you're willing to do, this lens is usable at f/1.8 and not bad at f/2.2. At f/2.8 and smaller, this is one sharp lens.
reviewer#20421 date: Nov-9-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 3
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.1
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 used to own this lens
compared to:SMC Takumar 35mm F/3.5 with adapter
Minolta MD 35mm F/2.8 with adapter
Rokinon 85mm F1.4 to compare skin tones
price paid:$399 USD new
positive:This lens stayed on my camera (a6000) more than any other lens. I'm a teacher, and I mostly take photos of active children, both indoors and outdoors.
- F/1.8 aperture
- OSS
- Fast and accurate autofocus
negative:I didn't really like the way it rendered skin tones. It didn't matter if I left it in AWB or set white balance myself--grey card, kelvin, preset. Anglo skin came out with too much yellow and Latino skin with too much red. I got tired of having to tweak almost every photo it in Lightroom. I compared it to the Rokinon 85mm F/1.4 I use for portrait work to make sure it wasn't the camera. With AWB, the Rokinon renders perfect skin tones almost every time.

Slight distortion and vignetting which are a one-click fix with the camera profile in Lightroom.
comment:I loved this lens for everything except for the way it rendered skin tones. I sold it and bought the Sony FE 28mm F/2 lens for nearly the same price. Better skin tones but more barrel distortion (easy fix).
reviewer#12218 date: Mar-31-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Minolta AF 50/F1,7,
Minolta AF 50/F1,4,
Sony-Zeiss 50/F1,4 ZA SSM.
price paid:419,00 €
positive:Small, light, sharp, very sharp from F5.6, F1,8, built in OSS, pleasant feel, well built.
negative:A little soft at F1,8.
comment:The focal length is 52.5 mm on APS-C cameras, hence the comparison to the "fifties". Better than the Minoltas and getting close to the Sony-Zeiss. This 35mm lens is the third and indispensable of my travel gear (two cameras/ three lenses). Perfect walkaround lens. Overall: If you are in E-mount/APS-C - a must have!
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:
missing
positive:Small and light
OSS
Fast AF
Very good optical performance
negative:"only" f1.8
price
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.
reviewer#12062 date: Dec-17-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:DT 35mm 1.8
18-55 35.-5.6 OSS
Sigma 30mm 2.8 (1st version)
Tamron 17-50 f2.8
price paid:350 CDN used
positive:Small, sharp, OSS for video, excellent build quality.
negative:Nothing really, maybe a nicer/more suitable hood as this is the same hood as 18-55 kit.
comment:Great lens, very useful everyday focal length although it can still be a bit tight at times indoors.

When compared to Sigma 30, sharpness at same apertures was about the same. 35mm OSS had better flare control and was quiet when focusing. If your camera nails the focus, it is sharp in the central area even wide open. Stopping down to f/2.2 give a nice bump in sharpness and contrast.

Currently my most used lens, stays on the camera most of the time.
reviewer#12056 date: Dec-9-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Sigma 18-250 DC HSM
Minolta 28-85 f3.5-f5.6
Minolta 70-210 f4 Beercan
Minolta 50 f1.7
Sony SAM 18-55 kit
Sony SEL 70-210 f4 G OSS

price paid:$325 new
positive:Exellent lens. Light, well built, super sharp.
negative:It likes to stay on camera
comment:A must have lens.
reviewer#11705 date: Feb-26-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:DT 16-50/2.8 SSM
DT 35mm/1.8 SAM
price paid:400 USD New
positive:Small, Light, Well Built, Sharp and Stabilized
negative:None
comment:Wonderful lens for E-mount APS-C format. I like this focal length for its versatility, and previously covered it with DT 35/1.8 SAM on a55 and also on NEX-3. I discovered eventually that I was using the lens on NEX more than on a55 which usually had the fantastic 16-50/2.8. So, with upgrade to NEX-6, I replaced DT 35/1.8 with the more expensive E 35/1.8 OSS.

Excellent lens, and perhaps a must have... although the price has held well for 1.5 years or more. I got mine during a brief discount by Sony.
reviewer#11676 date: Feb-4-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:SEL35F28Z
SEL1655PZ
SEL1855
SEL55210
SEL16F28
Sigma 60mm
Tokina MD Auto-Wide 35mm f2.8
Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 35mm f2.8
A bunch of other adapted 35mm lens
price paid:~500 AUD
positive:Speed
OSS
Build
Weight
Compact
Super sharp at f4
Included Hood
negative:Soft at 1.8
AF is useless in less than direct sun light
Pricy for a 35mm
comment:I dont like this lens. Too soft at 1.8, helps a ton stepping down to 2.8, even 2.2 is a huge improvement. Super sharp at f4, light drop by 8. The a3000 is less kind as your will see a drop in sharpness over the NEX standard 16mp. Auto focus might be helped by the new sensors with phase detect.

Examples (Graded)
https://plus.google.com/115067742716599094489/posts/adssqHkUZL9

UPDATE
I have tested this lens on the A7. Works very well in APS-C mode, less good in full frame. IN FF you will be cropping a lot but you get get a 18-20mp file out of it
reviewer#11555 date: Dec-23-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:sel1855
sal35f18
price paid:SGD555
positive:+ sharp
+ oss
+ small & light
+ useful FL
negative:+ busy bokeh
+ expensive (compared with SAL35F18)
comment:a must have if you are with NEX system.
reviewer#11408 date: Oct-29-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Sigma 50mm f/1.4 on A99
price paid:405 USD (new)
positive:Small, sharp wide open, has nice bokeh.
negative:Expensive.
comment:Perfect walkaround lens for APS-C E-mount cameras.
reviews found: 13   

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

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