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Sony fills out lens lineup with new 35mm f/1.8 prime

By Shawn Knight
Jul 10, 2019
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  1. Sony has announced the latest addition to its Alpha full-frame lens lineup. The FE 35mm f/1.8 (model SEL35F18F) features nine circular aperture blades, a dust- and moisture-resistant design for increased shooting versatility and a customizable focus hold button.

    Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics, said their E-mount lens lineup now includes 34 full-frame models and 52 lenses in total. “The new 35mm prime combines outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness with a compact design, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of shooters,” he added.

    As Fstoppers points out, the 35mm f/1.8 prime fills a big gap in Sony’s lens lineup but the pricing is a bit on the curious side. At nearly $750, it’s more expensive than some were anticipating, especially when other options like Sony’s “nifty fifty” exist for under $250. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 is in the same ballpark at $774 and has a wider aperture although it is more than twice as heavy as Sony’s new option.

    Interested parties can pre-order the Sony FE 35mm f/1.8 lens from today. According to B&H, it’ll ship on August 23.

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