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

reviewer#45648 date: Feb-20-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 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 32 F1.8 Touit
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Neewer 35 F1.2
Sony FE 35 F1.4 Distagon
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Rokinon 35 F1.8
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Yongnuo EF 35 F2
7Artisans 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 35 F2.8
Sony FE 35 F2.8 Sonnar
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 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 F1.8 Limited
price paid:525 USD (used)
Well aligned
Flat field
Minimal breathing
Close focusing
30 FPS tracking
Aperture Drive in AF
Dust and moisture-resistant
Lens Compensation
Corner shading
Chromatic aberration
Complex distortion
Metal surfaces
Plastic filter threads
comment:Purchased through a winning bid on an individual eBay seller listing. Very minor disclosed wear. Full retail packaging.

This is Sony's fifth least expensive FE prime lens sitting between the 1.8/85 and the 1.8/20 G. The old 2.8/35 and 1.8/55 ZA primes are generally less expensive used. I have seen users erroneously refer to it as a G lens. It is less than half the price of the original A-mount 1.4/35 G prime and currently half the price of the newer 1.4/35 GM. It is styled very similarly to the old 2/28 and 1.8/55 ZA with the additions of an AF switch and a focus hold button. It very much looks like a 25% enlarged version of the 2/28. It feels substantially heavier than the Rokinon 35/1.8. "Made in China"

This lens a bit brighter wide-open in the center than the Rokinon 35/1.8 or the Tamron SP with better contrast than either of them. It is sharper wide-open across the frame, but it has more lateral chromatic aberration than the other 35mm primes. The corners also brighten less than the other 35's when stopped down. The corner shading looks very neutral--perhaps Sony is adjusting the raw to correct color shift.

It has more distortion than the other native 35's, mostly noticeable as pincushion in the extreme corners.

Video recording is the strongest use case for this lens. The corner shading and lateral CA make it less ideal for landscapes.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 3
  • sharpness: 4.83
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.67
  • distortion: 4.67
  • flare control: 4.67
  • overall: 4.77 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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