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.

FE 35mm F1.8 prime lens from Sony
This new FE 35mm F1.8 prime from Sony is lightweight and has a fairly low price point, making it an attractive option for a variety of shooters.Sony

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.