Sony’s new FE 35mm F1.8 is a super fast and super light prime lens

This speedy lens will be a welcome addition for many shooters.

This morning Sony announced the newest addition to its line of E-mount full-frame lenses with the FE 35mm F1.8 prime. The large-aperture, fixed focal length lens is an appealing option for APS-C and full-frame shooters, in part because it only weighs 280 grams and has a 73mm length—substantially smaller than the other 35mm primes designed for Sony’s cameras.

Here is what else we know about it:

  • 11 elements in 9 groups, including an aspherical lens to eliminate chromatic aberrations
  • 9 blade circular aperture for pleasing bokeh
  • Internal focusing mechanisms minimize focus breathing
  • Linear-motor AF drive system makes focus quiet and fast
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.22m
  • Magnification of 0.24x
  • Dust and moisture resistant construction
  • Aluminum exterior
  • Customizable focus hold button
  • Available August 2019 for $750
FE 35mm F1.8 prime lens from Sony attached to a7III
When mounted to a full-frame camera like the a7III the lens will offer a 35mm viewpoint, if its mounted to a APS-C camera shooters will have a 52.5mm viewpoint. Sony

The small size and reasonable price point for this new lens make it an excellent option for photographers who are looking to make the jump into shooting with a fixed-focal-length lens. And the 35mm prime is a versatile choice, excellent for shooting portraits, events, street photography, photojournalism, and sports photography.

We got a chance to spend a bit of time shooting with the lens prior to the announcement. Stay tuned for our first impressions with this new lens and a sample image gallery.