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Sony Alpha SAL35F18 A-mount Wide Angle Lens (Black)

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  • DT 35mm F1.8 SAM lens
  • Standard prime lens
  • A-mount, 35mm Full Frame
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10,800 x 10,100 x 10,100 cm ; 168 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: SAL35F18.AE
  • ASIN: B003XU4B4A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Sony 35F18 A-Mount Digital Camera Lens. Bright wide aperture lens - ideal for portraits and low-light shooting.

Box Contains

Main Lens Assembly
Front Lens Cap
Rear Lens Cap
Lens Hood

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 17 Jun 2013
Recently the price dropped a bit on this lens, so I picked one up with a gift voucher I had from Sony directly.
I've used all the 3 "budget primes" from Sony in the past, on balance this is probably the most appealing of the 3 lenses (35/50/85mm) for APS-C users.

It has to be said that the build is pretty cheap just like the other lenses. Apart from the plastic mount, the casing is quite low density and clearly built on a budget, though at least you do get a hood with the lens. This costs a little bit more than the 50mm f1.8 Sony lens, but probably for general use, a better first purchase option as the 35mm gives you an equivalent of around 52mm for a crop sensor. I've used the Nikon 35mm f1.8 and Pentax 35mm f2.4 lenses as well, so I'll compare between those offerings to see how this stacks up.

Usual pro/con list!

Pro:
+ Affordable and fast, not much else to say but f1.8 is clearly a lot faster than a normal zoom or kit lens, very useful for low light or DOF control
+ Surprisingly sharp even wide open @f1.8 (beats the Nikkor here), corners are decent and pick up from f2.8 across the frame, stunning sharpness at f5.6
+ Min focus distance, 0.23m gives a 1:4 magnification which is very good for a prime at this focal length and better than rivals
+ Autofocus was quite fast, and accuracy very good on the bodies I've used it on
+ Comes with a lens hood (but it's a bit big in my view)
+ Distortion is quite well controlled, there is some but nothing to get worked up about
+ Good smooth blur for the out of focus areas
+ Front element does not rotate on focus (but focus ring does so make sure you don't hold that with AF on!)
+ Has a focus distance scale, but it's a basic painted on affair.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TheProf TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2013
This is part of what Sony call their "easy choice" alpha lens range (along with the 85mm f2.8) - the lens is absoultely deserving of this description - it is indeed an 'easy choice' because it is cheap yet brilliant ! This is what those in the know call a 'plastic fantastic' lens - a lens that is built cheaply yet performs as if it were a lens far more expensive. So, what you have here is a cheap and cheerful 'Made in China' plastic lens with a plastic lens mount. AF is reasonably snappy on SLTs like the Sony a57 or a77 but a little noisy for video use unless you plan to use an external mic or recorder. It is (obviously at this price) not weather sealed like the superb Sony 16-50 f2.8 SSM lens, and given the plastic lens mount, should probably be handled with care when mounting/dismounting on your camera.

BUT - bottom line - IQ is SUPERB - not just for the price, but at ANY price - you could use the lens for pro work and in terms of IQ it absoultely delivers in terms of resolution/sharpness, with a decently pleasant rendering of out of focus areas as well (bokeh). Seriously, in terms of IQ this lens is an absolute steal, just like the 85 2.8 SAM lens from Sony.

The only down-side:-

1. CA and purple fringeing can rear their head under certain high contrast conditions with bright objkects or lights in the image - this is common in cheaper lenses lacking expensive APO or ED elements.
2. the limitations of the focal length - the crop factor on Sony DSLRs and SLTs is 1.5, so the lens becomes 52.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Benny89 on 9 May 2011
At this price, this lens is a bargain. Less than 300 pounds for such an sharp lens is an offer every sony owner should consider. It goes down to 1.8, and is usable all the way. The glass is of high quality, maintaining a high contrast, beautiful colours and sharpness all over the field. I took this lens to, among other places, London, and felt that the range on my A500 is useful for city shots, not wide enough for close ups on buildings, but perfect for squirrels, birds and other animals running around, very good for portraits and the instant action shots you see while walking around in a vibrant city. The good low light capabilities makes it perfect for the evening as well. I previously owned the Sal 16-105, and the upgrade in IQ is immense, it efficiently made me keep the lens on for my whole holiday in London despite loosing both the wide range and the zoom that the 16-105 offer.

The negative is that the exterior build is plastic rather than metal, but that also decrease the weight, so it doesn't feel heavy on your shoulder for a full day of shooting. One important negative side other thing is that it misses the focus now and then, more than my 16-105 did. Not a problem for portaits and city shots, but rather for the instant wildlife shots.

Absolutely recommended, but be aware of some focus missing shots now and then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. CAMPOS on 12 July 2012
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Being an amateur photographer I decided to buy my first prime lens and went for the 35mm f1.8 (I have a A65, crop factor 1.5x).

I'm very happy that I did! This is an EXCELENT lens, very, very, very sharp and fast. And is clearly unexpensive, specially when you consider it's twing sister with f1.4.

It doesn't feel cheap to touch or operate, has a sharp and fast autofocus (a little bit louder than I'd expect though), all in all, a great buy. Go for it if you can't afford the f1.4 35mm lens like me.
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