Sony SAL35F18 35 mm f/1.8 Wide Angle Lens

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The Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens is designed for D-SLR cameras with DX-format sensors, so the lens has a 52.5mm equivalent focal length. This is perfect for snapshots and portraits under a wide range of shooting conditions. The ultra fast f/1.8 wide-open aperture along with the 7-blade circular diaphragm allows you to work in low light, and with a minimum focus distance of 9.05" (0.23m) the lens allows you to get in close to your subject.
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Product Title Sony SAL35F18 35 mm f/1.8 Wide Angle Lens
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $193.00 from Adorama
Power Score 4.0 | 20 Reviews
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Sony SAL 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Aug 23, 2011

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Worth every penny
5 Star Review   By queennola on Sony - Official Store - Feb 21, 2014   

I decided to purchase the lense after I read good reviews and I was amazed especially in low loght . I used it in dark and it was like a daytime.The price is in mid range not expensive nor cheap.If you like to take pictures @ night that is the right lense. I use it with sony slt a57.

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Excellent indoor lens
4 Star Review   By JP on Adorama - Oct 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Nice indoor and lowlight lens. Optics are very good, lens is sharp. Focusing is not silent at all.

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Great lens, but questionably spendy
5 Star Review   By Village3602 on Adorama - Sep 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this lens based on the reviews, and it is no doubt one of the best lenses I've ever owned. Very sharp and has an almost ideal focal length for the NEX. The autofocus is a little slow in lower light, and I'm more dependent on continuous AF than other lenses. While the lens is generally amazing, I think it is only marginally better than other lenses that cost much less, including the Sigma 30 (though it doesn't have OSS). In my opinion, it is not as good as the SEL 50 1.8, which costs less as well. Granted, the 35mm focal length has a different "look", but you have to question the price difference compared to the 50. In all, it is the essential prime for the NEX (IMO) and it stays attached to my NEX 6 almost all of the time, which says something.

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Clear , Crisp and alright!
5 Star Review   By RalphNJ on Adorama - Jul 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Got this lens last April 2013 and so impressed with the quality of the pictures I had taken. Lens was so quick to focus and shots were so crisp. Low -light shots for indoors is now less of a problem.

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Save some money. Buy this over the Zeiss 24/1.8
5 Star Review   By Dil950 on Adorama - Feb 9, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Previously I was using the Sony Zeiss 24/1.8 as my main lens on the NEX-5N. I liked it a lot but always wondered if it really was worth $1100. About a month ago, I bought a M-Mount Zeiss lens and realized the 24/1.8 didn't seem like it was worth the money anymore. I played around with other M-mount lenses but missed having AF. Eventually I bought the Sony 35mm/1.8. I wasn't expecting much from the 35/1.8 (especially since it was a pure sony design) I was blown away by how wrong I was. If you look at the two pictures I attached, the 35mm 1.8 is capable of some very nice details. At 1.8 it's a little softer but once you stop down, it gets very sharp The biggest thing I like about this lens, over the Zeiss 24/1.8, is it has optical stabilization. You can get sharp shots at 1/15s shutter speed and have a decent chance at 1/5s. So you can use lower ISO numbers indoors, compared to the 24/1.8. With the money you save from buying this over the 24/1.8, you can go buy another lens for your set.

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High price, average performance.
3 Star Review   By randyh360 on Adorama - Jan 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens is just average. The Sigma 30mm is sharper at f2.8, and at nearly a third the price it's a much better value. If you can do without the extra stop and image stabilization, skip this one until the price comes down (if it ever does). Additionally, I think the color of the lens is ugly. It's somewhat shiny so it doesn't really match the matte finish of any of the black NEX bodies. You end up with a shiny black lens, silver lens mount, and a matte black body. Ugly. And if you have a camera body that isn't black it just looks ridiculous. Why did they start making lenses that only come in black while still releasing different color bodies with a silver lens mount? It doesn't make any sense at all.

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Plastic Fantastic
5 Star Review   By Kaito on Sony - Official Store - Sep 18, 2012   

This is a very good lens for the price. Sony's higher end version sells for $1500, and doesn't offer 7 times the performance. Physically, this is a small lens that's made of plastic. The mount is plastic and that may be a turn-off to enthusiasts. This makes it super light weight. As for image quality, it's not so great at f/1.8 because of the soft corners and minor light fall off around the edges. But once you stop down to f/2.8, it's heaven. Great overall sharpness there and no light fall off at all.. That's still plenty good for low-light situations. My Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 needs to stop down to f/4 to match this lens. Distortion is minimal. The AF motor makes a fair amount of noise. It's not bothersome at all, but it's obviously not good for video. Focus speed is good. It doesn't work on Full Frame, but that's a good thing because this would probably be horrible on a FF camera. If you're using a Full Frame camera, you probably wouldn't be looking at a $200 lens.

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correction of title / description
5 Star Review   By Snappur on Adorama - Sep 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The editor made a mistake. This is a 35mm lens. With a so-called crop factor of 1.51 it may be compared to a 52.5mm lens on a full-frame camera, but nevertheless this is a 35mm lens.

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Fantastic images at low cost (comparatively)
5 Star Review   By cptab on Sony - Official Store - Sep 1, 2012   

I purchased this lens for my a35 camera after it was recommended that I add a fixed focus prime lens in my bag. I read a number of reviews and I'm extremely happy with my choice. The level of performance is fantastic. Hand held pictures remained clear in low light and the bokeh is awesome (the pics I posted don't do it justice). I highly recommend this lens. Note, I'm not sure whether a 35mm combined w/ a camera with an aps sensor is the equivalent of a traditional 50mm film lens, but I chose this lens over the 50mm despite many people saying that 50mm are almost mandatory. In any event, I love this lens.

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Fantastic images at low cost (comparatively)
5 Star Review   By cptab on Adorama - Sep 1, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I purchased this lens for my a35 camera after it was recommended that I add a fixed focus prime lens in my bag. I read a number of reviews and I'm extremely happy with my choice. The level of performance is fantastic. Hand held pictures remained clear in

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The Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens is designed for D-SLR cameras with DX-format sensors, so the lens has a 52.5mm equivalent focal length. This is perfect for snapshots and portraits under a wide range of shooting conditions. The ultra fast f/1.8 wide-open aperture along with the 7-blade circular diaphragm allows you to work in low light, and with a minimum focus distance of 9.05" (0.23m) the lens allows you to get in close to your subject.
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Product Title Sony SAL35F18 35 mm f/1.8 Wide Angle Lens
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $193.00 from Adorama
Power Score 4.0 | 20 Reviews
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Sony SAL 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Aug 23, 2011

Testseek.com has collected 10 expert reviews for Sony SAL 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM and the average expert rating is 65 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Worth every penny
5 Star Review   By queennola on Sony - Official Store - Feb 21, 2014   

I decided to purchase the lense after I read good reviews and I was amazed especially in low loght . I used it in dark and it was like a daytime.The price is in mid range not expensive nor cheap.If you like to take pictures @ night that is the right lense. I use it with sony slt a57.

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Excellent indoor lens
4 Star Review   By JP on Adorama - Oct 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Nice indoor and lowlight lens. Optics are very good, lens is sharp. Focusing is not silent at all.

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Great lens, but questionably spendy
5 Star Review   By Village3602 on Adorama - Sep 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this lens based on the reviews, and it is no doubt one of the best lenses I've ever owned. Very sharp and has an almost ideal focal length for the NEX. The autofocus is a little slow in lower light, and I'm more dependent on continuous AF than other lenses. While the lens is generally amazing, I think it is only marginally better than other lenses that cost much less, including the Sigma 30 (though it doesn't have OSS). In my opinion, it is not as good as the SEL 50 1.8, which costs less as well. Granted, the 35mm focal length has a different "look", but you have to question the price difference compared to the 50. In all, it is the essential prime for the NEX (IMO) and it stays attached to my NEX 6 almost all of the time, which says something.

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Clear , Crisp and alright!
5 Star Review   By RalphNJ on Adorama - Jul 29, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Got this lens last April 2013 and so impressed with the quality of the pictures I had taken. Lens was so quick to focus and shots were so crisp. Low -light shots for indoors is now less of a problem.

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Save some money. Buy this over the Zeiss 24/1.8
5 Star Review   By Dil950 on Adorama - Feb 9, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Previously I was using the Sony Zeiss 24/1.8 as my main lens on the NEX-5N. I liked it a lot but always wondered if it really was worth $1100. About a month ago, I bought a M-Mount Zeiss lens and realized the 24/1.8 didn't seem like it was worth the money anymore. I played around with other M-mount lenses but missed having AF. Eventually I bought the Sony 35mm/1.8. I wasn't expecting much from the 35/1.8 (especially since it was a pure sony design) I was blown away by how wrong I was. If you look at the two pictures I attached, the 35mm 1.8 is capable of some very nice details. At 1.8 it's a little softer but once you stop down, it gets very sharp The biggest thing I like about this lens, over the Zeiss 24/1.8, is it has optical stabilization. You can get sharp shots at 1/15s shutter speed and have a decent chance at 1/5s. So you can use lower ISO numbers indoors, compared to the 24/1.8. With the money you save from buying this over the 24/1.8, you can go buy another lens for your set.

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High price, average performance.
3 Star Review   By randyh360 on Adorama - Jan 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens is just average. The Sigma 30mm is sharper at f2.8, and at nearly a third the price it's a much better value. If you can do without the extra stop and image stabilization, skip this one until the price comes down (if it ever does). Additionally, I think the color of the lens is ugly. It's somewhat shiny so it doesn't really match the matte finish of any of the black NEX bodies. You end up with a shiny black lens, silver lens mount, and a matte black body. Ugly. And if you have a camera body that isn't black it just looks ridiculous. Why did they start making lenses that only come in black while still releasing different color bodies with a silver lens mount? It doesn't make any sense at all.

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Plastic Fantastic
5 Star Review   By Kaito on Sony - Official Store - Sep 18, 2012   

This is a very good lens for the price. Sony's higher end version sells for $1500, and doesn't offer 7 times the performance. Physically, this is a small lens that's made of plastic. The mount is plastic and that may be a turn-off to enthusiasts. This makes it super light weight. As for image quality, it's not so great at f/1.8 because of the soft corners and minor light fall off around the edges. But once you stop down to f/2.8, it's heaven. Great overall sharpness there and no light fall off at all.. That's still plenty good for low-light situations. My Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 needs to stop down to f/4 to match this lens. Distortion is minimal. The AF motor makes a fair amount of noise. It's not bothersome at all, but it's obviously not good for video. Focus speed is good. It doesn't work on Full Frame, but that's a good thing because this would probably be horrible on a FF camera. If you're using a Full Frame camera, you probably wouldn't be looking at a $200 lens.

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correction of title / description
5 Star Review   By Snappur on Adorama - Sep 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The editor made a mistake. This is a 35mm lens. With a so-called crop factor of 1.51 it may be compared to a 52.5mm lens on a full-frame camera, but nevertheless this is a 35mm lens.

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Fantastic images at low cost (comparatively)
5 Star Review   By cptab on Sony - Official Store - Sep 1, 2012   

I purchased this lens for my a35 camera after it was recommended that I add a fixed focus prime lens in my bag. I read a number of reviews and I'm extremely happy with my choice. The level of performance is fantastic. Hand held pictures remained clear in low light and the bokeh is awesome (the pics I posted don't do it justice). I highly recommend this lens. Note, I'm not sure whether a 35mm combined w/ a camera with an aps sensor is the equivalent of a traditional 50mm film lens, but I chose this lens over the 50mm despite many people saying that 50mm are almost mandatory. In any event, I love this lens.

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Fantastic images at low cost (comparatively)
5 Star Review   By cptab on Adorama - Sep 1, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I purchased this lens for my a35 camera after it was recommended that I add a fixed focus prime lens in my bag. I read a number of reviews and I'm extremely happy with my choice. The level of performance is fantastic. Hand held pictures remained clear in

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Excellent buy
4 Star Review   By tastrong61 on Sony - Official Store - Apr 27, 2012   

Purchased this lens for some low light live performance work and it is excellent! Also had the chance to go shoot some landscape and nature and produced some fo the sharpest images I have yet to capture. Great lens for the money. Like someone else mentioned, if you don't have the bucks for the 35mm f1.4 G lens, this is definitely worth the asking price. One star deducted for not fitting full frame sensor.

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Excellent Prime Lens, Not a Zoom
4 Star Review   By Z-Eyes on Adorama - Feb 24, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I recently received an a35 to replace the a350 the Mother in law dropped. Ordered the 75-300 lens with it (as most of my photography is nature, i.e; animals, birds) and I still had many other lenses, including a few Prime lenses, 50mmf1.2, and 400mmf4, an

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Amazing Little Lens
5 Star Review   By Successful on Sony - Official Store - Jan 28, 2012   

This little lens can produce fantastic images (in terms of sharpness, CA, light fall off, bokeh, etc); all despite of its very affordable price. That said, it's made of plastic and feels rather cheap and fragile in your hands, but if you think about its retail price... it's really not that bad, and definitely worth every penny when you see the images it can produce! I only wish there was a window for the scale, but those only appear on higher priced lenses. Being a prime lens, the sharpness in its images are fantastic and if you don't need the SSM, definitely save yourself over a grand and buy this lens instead of the G series 35mm.

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Sony SAL-35F18 Lens
4 Star Review   Crutchfield.com    ( See more reviews from Crutchfield.com )

Crutchfield has collected 3 user reviews for this product with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. The most recent reviewer said, "This lens has been used on SLT-33/55, DSLR-A580, and SLT-A77. It performs marvelously! I have used it for portraits and some landscapes during vacation. All the photos look great. It is especially sharp at f/5.6 - 11, but this is from observing the photos. I do not test my lenses by shooting charts or brick walls. You can't go wrong with this gem. At this price, the plastic build is to be expected. As long as you don't throw your gear around, it should be OK."

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excelent lens for portrait photos..
4 Star Review   By inglaof on Adorama - Sep 16, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

i use it on a sony a55, great pictures, im learning photography and i like this lens so much, i buy it directly in te store in NewYork,[...]

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First Prime
5 Star Review   By Babon on Sony - Official Store - Jun 11, 2011   

This is a good lens from sony and its price also reasonable that's why every one can try this prime for great portrait picture

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The best of the "Easy Choice" Primes
5 Star Review   By dcisive on Sony - Official Store - Jan 26, 2011   

On balance I have to say that regardless of the fact the lens is of plastic construction and mount, it is the highest level of performance between ALL of the affordable primes, which includes the 50mm f1.8 and 85mm f2.8. it is more appropriate on a cropped sensor providing the 50mm perspective and still does wonderful portraits while allowing for some indoor and outdoor use as well. It is darn sharp wide open already in the center, but stop it down and it will reward with a sharp frame altogether. Nice and light, I can even manually focus easily on a A55 with this lens. Easily worth it's price.

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Great value!
4 Star Review   By Lance on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Sony put everything into producing a nice sharp photo but had to make it up on body construction and SAM focus motor. It all works very nicely together but don't expect $500 worth of features on this sub-$200 lens. Well-suited for use as a short focal len

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Great bang for the buck
4 Star Review   By SoCalEngineer on Sony - Official Store - Jan 10, 2011   

Sony put in the stuff that counts (good optics and a fast aperture) and kept the cost down by using plastic construction and a not-silent SAM focus motor. The good optics provide very sharp photographs, the f1.8 aperture lets you blur the background (bokeh) which isolates your subject. Consider this lens if you're on a budget and looking for a fixed focal length lens for portraits.

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