Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

Here it is, the lens so many people have been waiting for, although most of us were hoping it might cost less than £600…! Let’s hope it’s good.

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32 thoughts on “Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)

  1. I tested the Sony 35mm 1.8 and Samyang 35mm 1.4 side-by-side and can't really confirm your observations, though I tested the infinity performance on my less demanding A7 III.
    At 1.8 the Sony is sharper edge to edge compared to the Samyang at 1.4. And even comparing both lenses at 1.8, the Sony is a bit sharper at the edges. Center performance is about equal.

    Just my findings.

  2. I'm pretty torn between getting this or the Sigma 35mm 1.4. The Sigma is faster and performs better in tests, but when I look at images of the two they seem comparable in giving nice looking images. The big advantage of the Sony is the smaller size and weight.

  3. "It's just that I think there are some better options out there". What do you refer to Christopher? Would you shed some light? 🙂

  4. I have this lens w/ the Sony A7III. The sharpness is not bad, and I love to take out-focus close up shots with it. Great lens to get started with Sony Cameras.

  5. hello, what do you recommend between sony fe 55 f1.8 and sony fe 35 f1.8, for sharpness and image quality?

  6. You said for the price is not up to par in comparison to similar lenses, but you fail to say which lenses you compare it to.

  7. 2:02 there's weather sealing at the rear, but inside the barrel. Look at the schematics for more detail.

  8. This is a shame, I was happy to sacrifice half a stop for a lens that's smaller than the f1.4 offerings but now that you've shown that the samyang is a bit sharper (I'm going to assume that even after stopping down to 1.8 it improves at least a little and is already pretty impressive wide open) I'm wondering whether that sacrifice is worth it after all… This is going to be harder than I thought.

  9. The Samyang 35mm F1.4 physical design is a bit of a joke. Imagine carrying a telephoto lens on your camera that turns out to be 35mm instead. Samyang designers must have been drunk when conceiving this lens.

  10. A slight PINCUSHION distortion in a 35mm lens? That's impressive! Kudos to Sony on that! Just wish the lens was a couple of €100s cheaper: I'm not used to spending almost the same amount on wide-angle or even mid- focal length lenses as on fast telephoto lenses. But the lack of barrel distortion, I must say, is commendable!

  11. Christopher I really like most of your videos for many reasons but i'm 100% sure you got exceptional bad copy of Sony lens and exceptional good copy of Samy. 🙂

  12. hi, so samyang is better picture quality i guess but is it faster af and what about focus breathing. i mean those points should be mentioned as well.. but tnx u made some good points

  13. Sony a7R2 is not working in terms of AF performance tests anymore. Recently I was using this lens on my a9 and AF (with response settings) was simply cartoony fast. Like instant grab of the subject eye from infinite.

    I think your review is useful, but for my personal use, this is one of the best lenses ever, the combination of speed, size, subject sharpness is the exact mix that I need from a 35mm lens.

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