In this video published a few weeks ago by photographer, Christopher Frost, takes a look at the new Sony 35mm f/1.8 FE lens designed for Sony Full Frame cameras.
For a long time, Sony had a “hole” in its lineup missing an f/1.8 35mm affordable lens. This missing lens had finally arrived earlier this year and Frost had a chance to test it as well as do some comparison to the faster Samyang 35mm F/1.4.
Sony has a very good build quality that has an AF/MF switch and a hold button, it is also very compact and the only real drawback of it externally might be the lack of a rubber gasket for sealing around the mount.
AF with this lens is fast and quiet, image quality, on a full-frame body, Sony 35mm f/1.8 FESony 35mm f/1.8 FE is good but not excellent wide open not in the center or in the corners. You will need to close down to get the most of this lens at around f/2.8 (at least).
Close up image quality wide open is fine but you will need to close down a bit to get really sharp and contrasty image. Flare performance is also pretty decent but not beyond. Bokeh looks nice though.
All in all the Sony FE 35mm F1.8 is a pretty nice all-around performer (although it falls short of excellence) and possibly a little bit overpriced at $750.
Bonus video: Gerald Undone looks at the Sony 35mm f/1.8 vs. Sigma 35mm f/1.2