Sony announces its full-frame FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime lens
Sony announces its full-frame FE 35mm F1.8 Lightweight Prime lens. Image courtesy Sony.

Sony has revealed the newest addition to its E-mount full-frame lens line. The new addition is the FE 35mm F1.8 wide-angle prime lens.

According to the release, the lens is “compact” and “lightweight” and provides “mobility” and “convenience” for those shooting a wide range of subjects. “The lens provides outstanding corner-to-corner image quality,” says Sony. “… its quiet autofocus and tenacious tracking performance make it a great choice for both stills and movie shooting.”

With its compact design, the lens offers a 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras.

FE 35mm F1.8 overview

FE 35mm F1.8
FE 35mm F1.8. Image courtesy Sony.

The lens has a larger F1.8 maximum aperture and weighs in at just 280 grams while measuring 65.6 mm by 73.0 mm. Its optical construction includes an aspherical element to suppress aberration. Also, the lens has a 9-bladed circular aperture. The minimum focus distance comes in at 0.22 m and offers a maximum magnification of 0.24x.

Control and handling

There’s a customizable focus hold button and a focus mode switch for switching between auto and manual focus. Additionally, there’s Linear Response Manual Focus for more “fine, responsive” manual focus control, according to Sony.

As for durability, the lens is dust- and moisture-resistant.

Autofocus

As for the autofocus, Sony claims its “fast, precise and quiet linear-motor AF drive systems.” This should apply for both stills and continuous focus control.

Pricing and availability

The Sony FE 35mm F1.8 will be out in August for about $750.

Image courtesy Sony

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