Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 review

Neat and tidy, the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 is an alluring lens with real street smarts

Sony FE 35mm f/1.8
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

There’s a lot to love about this lens, and so there should be given that it’s pricey for 35mm f/1.8 prime. It has a solid, weather-resistant construction featuring a metal barrel and mounting plate, while handling is very refined with a tactile focus ring and customizable function button. Image quality is excellent overall, although there’s heavy vignetting at wide apertures.


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    Mostly excellent image quality

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    Very good build quality

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    Nice handling characteristics


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    Expensive for a 35mm f/1.8

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    Heavy vignetting

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The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 is an ideal prime lens for street photography and everyday shooting with a full-frame mirrorless Alpha camera. It has a classic focal length that delivers a modestly wide viewing angle, along with a fairly fast f/1.8 aperture, shoehorned into a compact and lightweight yet robust construction.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.