The Sony FE 35mm f1.8 is a mild wide-angle prime lens for its Alpha mirrorless cameras. Announced in July 2019, it becomes Sony’s third native 35mm lens that’s corrected for full-frame bodies, but is priced at a more affordable level than either the earlier FE 35mm f1.4 ZA or FE 35mm f2.8 ZA. It’s pitched at a similar level to the existing FE 85mm f1.8 and while neither of these lenses are members of the G, G Master or Zeiss series, they deliver respectable results for the money.
The dust and moisture-resistant barrel is made of aluminium and plastic, measures 66x73mm, has a 55mm filter thread and weighs 280g, making it one of the smaller and lighter models in the system, although not in the same portability league as the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA which sacrifices just over a stop in aperture to measure 62x37mm and weigh just 120g. That said, it’s much more manageable than the FE 35mm f1.4 ZA which measures 76x112mm and weighs 630g. The FE 35mm f1.8 also features a custom hold button.
The optical construction consists of 11 elements in nine groups with one Aspherical element, nine aperture blades and internal focusing using a linear motor; the closest focusing distance is 22cm for a maximum magnification of 0.24x, and the manual focusing ring offers a linear response. There’s no optical stabilisation. Like all of Sony’s FE lenses, it’ll also work on the APSC bodies, on which it’ll deliver standard 53mm coverage; APSC owners also have the option of the older E 35mm f1.8 OSS which is smaller, lighter, cheaper and includes optical stabilisation, although it isn’t corrected for full-frame sensors. Check back soon for sample images and comparisons!
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