35mm f/1.8 Prime Lens
Great lens, but questionably spendy
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.
September 16, 2013
Clear , Crisp and alright!
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.
July 29, 2013
Does The Filter Ring Turn?
I'm going to acquire this lens for my EA50 and does anyone know whether or not the filter ring turns during focusing? At this price I wouldn't think so.
May 23, 2013
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 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.
February 9, 2013