Sony Alpha SEL-35F18

35mm f/1.8 "normal" prime lens for Sony NEX-series cameras and camcorders

  • Sony Alpha SEL-35F18



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by Woody Sherman

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.

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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.

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  • 35mm f/1.8 zoom lens with 35mm equivalent of 52.5mm
  • compatible with Sony NEX-series digital cameras and camcorders
  • Optical Steady Shot™ image stabilization with Active mode for steadier handheld shots
  • bright, smooth-focusing, silent lens "sees" the world in a manner similar to your eye
  • minimum focus distance: 11.9"
  • minimum aperture: f22
  • seven circular aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 49mm
  • lens is 2-1/2" in diameter and 2" long
  • weight: 5.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
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Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • petal-shaped, bayonet-type lens hood

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 35mm
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Weight 5.5 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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  • E35mm F1.8 OSS (SEL35F18) lens
  • 49mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH112 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty Sheet

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Optics: The Sony SEL35F18 (E 35mm F1.8 OSS) prime lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 52.5mm, and is recommended for a wide variety of photos, from snapshots to portraits. The bright F1.8 aperture makes it a good lens for low light situations.

Optical SteadyShot (OSS): Equipped with Optical SteadyShot (OSS), the lens compensates for blur caused by camera shake for normal handheld photography. OSS also reduces the reliance on high ISO settings when shooting in dark environments, which greatly enhances the effectiveness of the Hand-held Twilight and Anti-Motion Blur shooting modes. Optical SteadyShot gives you a 4-stop shutter speed advantage when activated.

Quiet Smooth Focus: The SEL35F18 has a high-speed linear motor controls the focus while an in-lens stepping motor in the actuator controls the aperture. The two motors work together to provide extremely quiet operation and smooth focusing, plus quiet and fluid aperture control. This makes them ideal for shooting video because it is unlikely any lens noise will be picked up by the microphone.

Lens Hood: The lens includes the ALC-SH112 Lens Hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality. The lens hood should be removed when using the camera's built-in flash to avoid blocking the flash light. You can store the lens hood by mounting it onto the lens backward. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 1-3/16" to the total length of the lens.

Focusing: The lens can be used with the NEX-series cameras in the auto-focus, Direct Manual Focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.448", Length=1.972" (2.446"w/caps)


Lens E35mm F1.8 OSS
35mm Equivalent 52.5mm
Mount Sony E-mount
Angle of View 44°
Lens Construction 8 elements in 6 groups
7-blade Circular aperture
Minimum Focus 11.88"
Filter Diameter 49mm
Aperture F1.8 maximum
F22 minimum
Weight 5.5 ounces
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5 out of 5

Just what I wanted!

Written By Anonymous, South Kent, CT on Friday, May 23, 2014
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Easy, sharp, fast - much better than the kit lens.
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great lens!

Written By schmally, So. Ill on Thursday, December 05, 2013
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I received this lens promptly and used it during the Thanksgiving holiday. Excellent IQ and quite good in lowlight.
Good build quality. Superb glass.
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Nice primary lens

Written By Paball, Kalispell, MT on Friday, October 25, 2013
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This with crop factor produces 'normal' lens (50mm equivalent)--just what I wanted. Adds little bulk to my Nex 7, and is very sharp. Maybe not a $1000 Zeiss, but no one is going to tell the difference.
compact, sharp lens
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