This lens was one of the most anticipated in the Sony full frame ecosystem for a long time. The new FE 35mm F1.8 fills an important gap in the Sony lineup – while a Sony does have the Zeiss branded Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA in its line for a long time – this lens sells for almost $1600 and is almost 1/3’rd of the weight.
35mm is a very popular focal length (both on FF and on crop cameras), so there is little wonder that the gap in Sony’s lineup left many users frustrated and looking for other solutions (and there are quite a few out there but you will need to make some sacrifices – either when it comes to weight, price or AF).
At the moment we are not aware of any hands-on reviews of this new lens (hence Jason Vong’s video above which only shares specs and some Sony test shots). This will likely change very soon after Sony’s upcoming announcement next week (Sony is rumored to have a big press event with a major camera and lens announcements – we are still not sure what will be announced so stay tuned for that).
As for pricing, Sony did puSo what do we know about the lens? well, it has a pretty simple construction made out of 11 elements in 9 groups and a single aspheric element with a 9 blade aperture and a linear autofocus motor.
It is made from a combination of plastic and metal and has Dust- and moisture-sealed design. Just like the 85mm f/1.8 lens, it has a Hold button that you can program and an on/off switch and no image stabilization (unlike its Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS APS-C equivalent from which does have built-in stabilization).
Update: B&H just posted a first look at the new FE 35mm F1.8