Sony 35mm F/1.8 OSS Review

The Sony 35mm F/1.8 (50mm equivalent) lens is a small, light and fast standard lens for the NEX system. The lens has a fast F/1.8 aperture. It ships with caps, a petal shaped hood, box and a one year warranty in most countries. It is only compatible with Sony NEX camera’s.

The Lens specifications are as follows:

Lens Type : E-mount 35mm F1.8
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
Aperture Range : f/1.8 – f/22
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 52.5 mm
Filter Diameter : 49 mm
Lens Construction : 6-8
Minimum Focus Distance : 11.88″ (0.3 m)
Angle of View : 44° (APS-C)
Aperture Blade : 7 blades Circular aperture
Dimensions Diameter x Length : 2 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ or 63 x 45mm
Exterior Finish : Black
Steady Shot Mode: Active Lens-based Image Stabilization (OSS)

Lens Weight

Sony claims: 5.5oz (155g). I am going to guess that this is without caps, hood etc… My scale shows:

PLW92823

PLW102097

PLW102101

PLW102102

PLW102104

PLW102105

Bokeh

This lens has pretty good bokeh. While it is not the smoothest, and it does display LOCA in the out of focus area’s, the bokeh is not displeasing. Like all lenses, the lens has good bokeh at specific distances. You can expect closer focus bokeh to be better, while distance bokeh gets somewhat busy. I feel that this is a good compromise, because a medium wide such as 35mm is generally used wide open at closer distances anyway. In the following image you will see what I mean.

NEX6 Sony 35mm F/1.8 OSS @F/1.8 1/200 Sec ISO100

Flesh Tones

Have a look in the above image and you will notice that flesh tones are rendered very well. As with all digital camera’s, you can expect a little white balance adjustment to get the tones just right. In this area,the NEX6 and the 35mm do very well. The lens also holds highlights well, and renders skin smoothly.

Here are some initial photos taken with the lens.

2 responses to “Sony 35mm F/1.8 OSS Review

  1. Pingback: Sony 35mm F/1.8 OSS Review | The Planetwide Photo Blog

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