Recording the world around you, as you experience it, can be tricky. Lenses have their own characteristics, and they don't always match the way our eyes see things. Now, that can be a good thing; the ways in which lenses manipulate light and space make a huge artistic palette for the photographer. But sometimes you want the images you capture to be as naturalistic as possible. So having this Sony Alpha SEL-35F18 35mm f/1.8 in your camera bag is a great place to start. Its 52.5mm equivalent focal length captures the world in a manner similar to the way we humans experience it. And being a prime lens (one with a fixed focal length), its optics are simpler than zoom lenses and therefore superbly crisp and free of color fringing. Plus, the autofocus motor on this lens is whisper-quiet, making it a perfect choice for shooting video, as the noise won't be captured on your audio tracks.
With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, this lens is very light-sensitive, and the shallow depth of field that the wide aperture presents is well suited to creating delicately blurred backgrounds for your tack-sharp foreground subjects.