Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM Lens for Alpha A DSLR Mount Cameras

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This Sony 35mm F/1.8 Bundle comes with $51.54 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 55mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, Universal Lens Cap Tether and a LensPen #NMP1 and Shipping is free! .

The SAL-35F18 wide angle zoom lens is just what you need for capturing those wide scenes with optimal detail. It includes an SH111 solid-circular lens hood, front and rear lens caps.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(8)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (3)

Sony 35mm F/1.8 Features

  • DT lens design optimized for cameras with APS-C sensor light
  • The lens is compact, lightweight, and easy to carry
  • Bright, very wide f/1.8 aperture portrait lens, also suitable for low-light shooting and general/snapshot applications
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for smooth AF operation
  • Focus mode switch allows you to quickly change from auto focus to manual

Sony 35mm F/1.8 Specifications

Lens Type
Wide Angle & Wide Angle Zoom
Lens Mount Type
Sony A-mount
Aperture
f/1.8
Aperture (Max.)
f/1.8
Aperture (Min.)
f/22
Filter Diameter
55 mm
Lens Groups-Elements
5 groups, 6 elements
Minimum Focus Distance
9.6" (0.23m)
Distance Encoder
Yes
Distance Scale
Yes
Angle of View
44° (APS-C)
Aperture Blade
7 aperture blades (circular)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
52.5mm
Internal Motor
Yes (SAM)
Maximum Magnification
x 0.25

Sony 35mm F/1.8 Reviews

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4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Save some money. Buy this over the Zeiss 24/1.8

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 ...

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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.

Reviewed by 8 customers

 
4.0

Excellent indoor lens

By

from San Jose  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens, but questionably spendy

By

from Portland, Oregon

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.

 
5.0

Clear , Crisp and alright!

By

from New Jersey, USA

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.

(36 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Save some money. Buy this over the Zeiss 24/1.8

By

from San Diego, CA

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.

 
5.0

correction of title / description

By

from Vancouver, BC

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.

 
4.0

Excellent Prime Lens, Not a Zoom

By

from Tampa Bay, Fla.  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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, and an 18-70mm f3.-4.6 zoom. I desired a nice normal lens, and this one will do very nicely. Good optics, weight, brightness, function. But please, Adorama, stop calling it a Wide angle Zoom, as it is strictly a Normal focal length Prime lens. (a 52.5 on aps-c conversion from 35mm terms)

 
4.0

excelent lens for portrait photos..

By

from culiacan sinaloa mexico  -  Casual Photographer

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,[...]

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great value!

By

from Southern California  -  Photo Enthusiast

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 length portrait lens (equivalent to full frame 50mm lens).

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
NANCY M  Great prime for the price.
Shopper  can i use this lens on my Sony Nex 5-N mirroless camera?
DUNCAN L  You would have to buy a lens adaptor Sony LA-EA2 to use this A-mount lens on your E-mount camera, and do a firmware update.
Mario G  will you recommend this lens for landscaping?
JASON V  Yeah, I'd recommend it for that purpose, the detail I get from the lens is great, especially at this price point. Just keep in mind, there is no zoom adjustment, it's a fixed lens. ;)
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