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Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8

Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8
2 November 2020
Maciej Lata³³o

1. Introduction

The classic, journalistic 35 mm focal length is undoubtedly important to Sony; accordingly, Sony FE users have enjoyed a very wide choice of such instruments from the very beginning. The Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA, a lens constructed to cooperate with Zeiss, was shown right after the launch of the system and less than two years later it was joined by the Distagon T* FE 35 mm f/1.4 ZA. Zeiss also added something to that group, offering the Batis 40 mm f/2 CF and the Loxia 35 mm f/2; after that thrid-party producers also have been presenting similar instruments.

As you see, in this class you are truly spoied for choice and, despite that, in July 2019 Sony decided to add to their offer the Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8. The selling point of that lens was supposed to be its price. You can buy it for a sum of 2900 PLN - several hundred PLN less than the slower Sonnar and over 2000 PLN less than the cost of the Batis which is slightly slower aperture-wise too, The Sony also is more than half cheaper than the faster Distagon.

Courtesy of Sony we managed to borrow one specimen of that lens for our testing procedure and now we can present our impressions and findings in the following chapters – enjoy your reading!


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Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8 - Introduction

Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8 - Introduction