Sony announces a New FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens which looks to be very high quality and unfortunately the price point appears to be fairly high @ $748 US. Based on the price point and specs I am seeing, this lens looks to be very high quality, so the price might actually be not so bad if the optics are as good as the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens which I Reviewed Here >>
TIme will tell and more to come on this lens as the reviews trickle out in the coming days and weeks, but like I said, the specs and price point are clear indications that this lens will be very high quality in my opinion based on all the years experience I have reviewing Sony lenses and understanding how they tend to price their equipment. I will get this lens asap for review, because I can imagine a lot of you will want to see it tested SonyAlphaLab style 😉
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens overview courtesy of BHPhoto:
The fast and compact FE 35mm f/1.8 Lens from Sony provides a versatile wide-angle solution for your full-frame E-mount camera. It boasts a maximum aperture of f/1.8 for selective focus effects and for working in low-light conditions. To help ensure high-quality imaging in a range of conditions, the lens’ aspherical element reduces aberrations and field curvature while maintaining contrast and edge-to-edge sharpness. For fast, responsive focusing, the 35mm uses a linear motor and internal focus design, while a customizable focus hold button locks focus when recomposing and can be set to activate other functions, including Eye AF, AF On, Aperture Preview, Shot Result Preview, or Bright Monitoring among others. Also, this lens has a dust- and moisture-resistant construction that will permit operation in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Additionally, it has a nine-blade circular diaphragm for smooth bokeh.
Covering a wide-angle perspective, this compact 35mm will pair nicely with Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras. It can also be used on APS-C format cameras where it will provide a 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
A fast f/1.8 maximum aperture provides the ability to create images with a shallow depth of field as well as work in low-light conditions.
Customizable focus hold button locks focus when recomposing and can be set to activate other functions, including Eye AF, AF On, Aperture Preview, Shot Result Preview, or Bright Monitoring among others.
An aspheric element is incorporated in the lens design to reduce aberrations and field curvature while maintaining contrast and sharpness.
A linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos.AF/MF switch on the lens barrel conveniently allows for fast selection between autofocus or manual focus without having to access any menus.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
That is about it for this quick break news article, but please check back soon for reviews on this lens as they tend to trickle out shortly after the initial release. I’m sure a few of the main Sony reviewers already have pre-releases of this lens by now, or will in the next few days. Also, be sure to let me know what you think of this new FE 35mm f/1.8 lens and it’s relatively high price point?
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