After all the rumors and much anticipation, Sony finally released their full-frame FE 35mm f/1.8 lens in the middle of 2019. I’ve had the lens since day one, and today I’m sharing my long-term review.
For six months I’ve been reaching for this lens to photograph landscapes, nature, animals, and portraits, as well as shoot my YouTube videos. It’s been with me on a number of travels, sometimes as my sole lens companion thanks to the small size and low weight. In the video above, I share my thoughts on the FE 35mm f/1.8 from a long-term ownership perspective. That includes the lens’ durability, its lasting utility, and my overall impressions and what I think about it when I go to grab it.
The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 is priced at $748, which is hundreds more than its closest lineup relative, the FE 85mm f/1.8. Compared as a 35mm f/1.8 across brands, it also stands out as being on the pricier side. From my use, it’s hard to feel cheated about the price, however. The lens seems to handle whatever I throw at it and I continue to use it heavily for both stills and video.