My new favorite 35mm lens

My new favorite 35mm lens

My favorite focal length is 55mm. But you can't get by without a 35mm. As a wide angle, it stretches the body nicely and the framing is nice, too. Since there are so many different 35mm lenses for Sony available now, I have treated myself to a new lens.


The Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 is with about 570 € in a really good price range for a lens. Secretly I always hoped for a nice pancake lens like my then beloved Canon 40mm pancake. Since after six years there is still no decent flat lens available on the market, I have now invested in the 35mm range.

Before that, I always used the Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss Sonnar T, which is smaller and lighter. A lens that you wouldn't think anything of just by seeing how small it is. But it produces pretty good images. Surprising and also perfectly adequate for me since 2014.

When I'm indoors, it's often tight in these hotel rooms and 35mm is the only reasonable choice. There, a starting aperture of 1.8 definitely helps a lot. I can live well with a weight of 280g (compared to 120g with my old 35). The close-up limit of 22cm (vs. 35cm) is also much nicer.

But what matters most is the sharpness. And here the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 lens is just incredibly good. Crisp sharpness, even at the most open aperture.

Sony FE 35mm @ f/1.8, ISO 500, unretouched
cropped details, unretouched

And that's why I didn't go for a G-Master or Art lens. They've been too globby, too heavy, and also too expensive for me. With the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 I have found a new favorite lens in the wide angle range.


Transparency: This not a sponsored post and I purchased the lens myself at the regular purchase price.