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Lens review

Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8

2 November 2020
Maciej Latałło

10. Autofocus

When you join the Sony FE 1.8/35 with the Sony A7R II the autofocus is completely noiseless. Still its speed is another matter – running through the whole range and confirming the focus takes about 1 second, a weak result for a lens with parameters close to these of journalistic instruments.

However, when you pass to a newer body, the A7R IV, the lens is able to reach a quite new performance level – remaining very quiet it also becomes very quick. Running through the whole range and confirming the focus takes this time about 0.3 of a second, an excellent result, completely worth a very good and efficient lens.

We don't have any reservations concerning the accuracy of the mechanism – the lens missed in less than 2% of cases and we didn't notice any distinct differences between its performance in studio and outside.


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Photos below prove clearly that, when attached to both bodies used in our test, the Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8 always hit where it should and didn't have any front or back focus tendencies.

A7R II, f/1.8
Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8 - Autofocus
A7R IV, f/1.8
Sony FE 35 mm f/1.8 - Autofocus