A full in depth review of the newer Sony FE 35mm F1.8. This lens packs a big punch in a small package! A very sharp, small and light 35mm that won’t break the bank. Is the Sony 35mm 1.8 FE for you? Is it the best Sony 35mm? Lets find out!
Buy the Sony FE 35mm F1.8 here:
00:00 – Intro
00:37 – Specs
00:47 – Unbox & Build
02:14 – Value
03:05 – Performance
09:05 – Conclusion / Pros & Cons
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Sony A7iii –
Sony 50mm F1.8 –
Sony 85mm F1.8 –
Sony 35mm F1.8 –
Samyang / Rokinon 85mm F1.4 –
Sony 55mm F1.8 –
Sony 90mm F2.8 Macro –
Sony FE 16-35 F4 –
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM –
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 for Sony –
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 ART –
Sony 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM –
Sigma 150-600mm C –
Spare 3rd Party Batteries for A7iii –
Godox Flash –
Flash Reciever –
Sigma Canon/Sony Adapter Mc-11 –
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Mavic Pro –
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Manfrotto Compact MKC3 –
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Tiffen 82mm Vairable ND –
Gobe 82mm Variable ND –
B&W 10 Stop –
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Is 35mm your go to focal length?
What light did you use to light your home studio video?
Hello, what about focus in dark ?
hey! Would you recommend buying the 55mm 1.8 or this lens the 35mm 1.8 for events and everyday use?
I don't like the fact that the inside elements are loose when the lens is not powered or attached to camera body. That's not normal to me. Even though Sony says it is OK.
Sigma 35mm Art f1.4 is Sharper at $625.
Hi, I'm in doubt to buy the Sony 35mm 1.8 or the Sigma 35mm 1.4, which would be the best option? regards !
Should I get the 35mm f1.8 or the 55mm f1.8? I already have the tamron 17-28
I see you also have a review of the samyang 35 1.4. Which one do you prefer, the sony or the samyang?
do you notice something sliding inside the lens when you flip it up and down?
I had a samyang 35 1.4 but it broke when I dropped it, but then I purchased the Sony 24mm GM and by far it is my most used lens, aside from my 85 gm. I don't think I can go back to a 35mm anymore.
If I need it, I can always use crop mode on my a7riii 🙂
Yes this is an fantastic allround lens! One of my favorites! Very good for potraits and landscapes. Always with me!
just got mine today 🙂
Loved the review !
BTW – I just got my copy today and noticed some minor specs on the glass ( which are not dust – couldn't remove them with lens pen )
Attached in the picture https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WwWbwJcXFChLo5TafNYjnErgY2iyIIff/view?usp=sharing
Do you think I should ask for a replacement or is it common to have minor blemishes as such ?
I took some shots with it and couldn't notice anything in the photos.
Thanks for your advise !
Did you see the Astigmatism (Astro) and the harsh bokeh? Its a 800 bucks lens…
Overpriced they should of done a Sony/Zeiss version like the 55 1.8.
I’m amaze with it sharpness too, I pair it with the planar, lens that I love too. Do you know if the Distagon is as sharp as this 1.8?, or better color rendition?…
This lens does have a mount gasket. A tiny thin 'O' ring that sits ever so slightly proud. Probably enough to seal it from water given the tight fit and precision finish of the metal mount. In their promotional material Sony claim it to be dust and moisture resistant but with this footnote "Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof." So I wouldn't shoot in the pouring rain with it or with any Sony camera except the A9 and A99.
Great review and samples!
I have owned if for nearly a month now, and finally went out and took some shots with it on my A7R3. For a $450 lens, it would be considered a great lens, but for $750, it just isn't worth it. The vignetting is significant even up to F5.6 (I seldom shoot beyond F5.6), and there is significant green fringing. It is sharp, but the bokeh isn't amazing given the cost. The AF is great though. I like the 35mm focal length for my walk around lens, so it will stay in my bag on a regular basis. At this point, I am not interested in going with the Sigma's because of the weight (and cost of the 1.2). At $450 I would give it 9/10 stars, but at $750 it is more like 7.5/10.
Can weather sealing be added by the consumer?
Ok Quick question, Anyone who owns this lens. When not mounted. does your element inside move around?
when i hear 700 dollar is not cheap.. dude have you seen the rest? they're at least 500+ more
Wondering how this lens compares with the Zeiss Loxia 35 F2? i have the Loxia 21 and 50 and was considering getting the 35 loxia as it has the same filter sizes. i hear mixed reviews on the 35 loxia as well. Looking at this lens now though due to AF and small size. intended use is stopped down for landscapes f5.6-f11 with f8 being the most used.
Just received my 35mm 1.8 FE and something I noticed right out of the box is when I rotate it in my hand (top to bottom and bottom to top) I feel something moving inside. Is that normal? I tried the same thing with a couple of my other Sony lenses and I do not feel something moving inside.
Wide open is wide open no matter what the aperture. f/1.8 is plenty of light and shallow DOF for a 35mm lens. The fact you have a very sharp lens wide open is a huge plus and something not many lenses offer. When using normal to telephoto lenses a larger aperture makes more sense. A 35 is on the normal side of wide angle and is not a lens that is always shot at the widest aperture. Having a deeper DOF is more useful. The wider a lens gets the smaller the focal point or subject is. This is why most wide landscapes are shot at f8 and beyond as is street photography. It’s as if once a photographer learns how to achieve bokeh they simply cannot stop. If you look at some of the greatest street photographers you’ll see much of the image is in focus. My point here is that the f/1.8 for a 35mm lens might just be the perfect lens/aperture available.
Samyang 35mm af 1.4 or sony 35mm 1.8?….
Actually, there is a very small rubber gasket. Very easy to miss it, and probably gives just some protection. Use your finger nail to press in and locate it. This is not present in the FE 85F1.8.
This lens is sharper than my 85 mm f/1.8 and gives crisp images.
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Torn between this or the batis 25 f2..
I already own a zeiss 55mm, which is great but I’d like something a little wider.
I feel like the 35 is more of an allround lens, but it could also be too close (same) to the 55..
The 25 would go well with the 55. And the 35 actually sits somewhere in between that, not wide enough, not close enough.
But like I said, if I’m searching for an allround/everyday lens the 35 just makes more sense.
I don’t know what would you do 🙂
I feel like there should be a rule; every lens over ＄500 gets a gasket.
What´s kinda weird about the bokeh is that it´s more visible on the top half of the bokeh ball. The 85 has the same effect or whatever you wanna call it.
Image quality comparison between this vs Voigtlander 35mm 1.4 v.1?
Awesome review man thanks!
I use a 35mm for most of my wedding details shots. Having come from the Canon world where I owned the 35mm 1.4L I was never impressed with the Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4. I picked up this one and it gets the job done in fine fashion! It joins my 28mm f2, 55mm 1.8, and 85mm 1.8 to make up one of the lightest wedding kits ever!
Have your tried your hands on Laowa lenses?? Would love to check their 100mm f2.8 macro