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September 19, 2012

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS E-mount Lens Preview – SEL35F18

Sony sel35f18 lens preview

In this Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens Preview, I’m going to go over all the specs, lens elements, and all the other information that you need to know. The SEL3518 is one of two lenses that just got rel-leased by Sony for the Nex E-Mount Mirrorless Camera System. The other being the 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens (SEL1018)

Sony announced this ultra fast 35mm prime a few weeks ago, but it’s not available to sometime in November. More to come once the info is available, but OSS and f/1.8 will make this lens a killer low light shooter!!

Key Features: Aperture Range: f/1.8-22, 52.5mm Equivalency, Sony E-mount Lens for NEX Cameras, Compact Design , Optical Steady Shot Image Stabilization, High Speed, Quiet Linear Focusing Motor, Direct Manual Focus, Circular Aperture,  49mm Filter Thread

 

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – SEL35F18 – Preview

High performance and a compact design make the SEL-35F18 prime lens an ideal second lens that’s easy to carry around while capturing the action. It’s perfect for a wide variety of photos, including snapshots while strolling, night shots (thanks to the bright maximum aperture) and portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. Newly-designed optics reduces spherical aberration and coma for sharp images even when shooting wide open. Combined with built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, your photos and videos will be crisp, clear and blur-free.

Compact, lightweight fixed F1.8 lens

This compact, large-aperture, fixed focal length lens has a focal length of 52.5 mm (35 mm equivalency) and is approximately 1-3/4” (45mm) long. Compact and easy to carry around, this bright lens makes an ideal “second lens” with the capability to handle a wide variety of shooting situations — from landscapes and snaps around town to lovely portraits with beautiful background blur.

Silent and smooth focusing for shooting movies

The quiet, high-speed linear motor in SEL-35F18 controls focus while an in-lens stepping motor in the actuator controls the aperture. Together they provide extremely quiet operation and smooth focusing as well as quiet and fluid aperture control. These motors are ideal for shooting video since they eliminate the worry of excessive lens-drive noise.

Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization

The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.

Circular Aperture

In low-light shots or nightscapes, out-of-focus light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

New optical design

Newly designed optics reduces spherical aberration and coma, delivering performance similar to Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA and E 50mm f/1.8 OSS in the central area of the lens, and equal or better contrast at the periphery. The results are clean, sharp images even when shooting wide open.

Superb focusing operation

The SEL-35F18 supports DMF (Direct Manual Focus), which enables users to resume manual focusing directly after obtaining focus with AF. This is particularly useful when AF cannot lock onto a subject or continually focuses on an unintended one. It also facilitates fine focusing when shooting portraits with a shallow depth of field.

 

SELs5f18 Specifications

Weights and Measurements

  • Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ (63 x 45mm) (Diameter x Length)
  • Weight (Approx.) : 5.5oz (155g)

Optics/Lens

  • Lens Type : E-mount 35mm F1.8
  • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
  • Aperture : f/1.8
  • Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.) : f/22
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 52.5 mm
  • Filter Diameter : 49 mm
  • Lens Construction : 6-8
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 11.88″ (0.3 m)
  • Angle of View : 44° (APS-C)
  • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ (63 x 45mm) (Diameter x Length)
  • Exterior Finish : Black
  • Lens Weight : 5.5oz (155g)
  • Maximum Magnification : x 0.15
  • Steady Shot Mode:Active : Lens-based Image Stabilization (OSS)

Advanced Features

  • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot
 

SELs5f18 Reviews

Courtesy of ePhotozine we have a excellent E-Mount 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens Review!!

Although it seems this lens carries a bit of a premium price, the performance it delivers probably makes it worth it, for those who require it. Sharpness is very good from maximum aperture, and can even be considered as outstanding as the lens is stopped down.

Courtesy of MathewDurrPhotography we have another solid E-Mount 35mm f/1.8 Oss Lens Review

This lens truly is an all-purpose E-mount lens for excellent video and low-light photographs with shallow depth of field.
 

How Much and Where to Purchase??

Price: ~$448

Compare Sony SEL35f18 Lens Prices @ BHPhotoVideo | Amazon | Adorama | Ebay Auctions

 


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