Full Review--Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS on the NEX-7

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El Matadurr
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Full Review--Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS on the NEX-7
Jan 13, 2013

I wasn't expecting to like this lens, being autofocus and all (note: manual focus on this lens is not fun), but for the most part I enjoy using it and it's the only lens I have that covers the 35mm focal length. I think I may keep it for a while unless SLR Magic pays me a visit with that HyperPrime...

Regardless, the 35mm f/1.8 OSS is a great lens, worthy of all the hype it has been getting over the past few weeks. I think my review is the first one testing out how it does on the NEX-7, so people can get an idea of the corner sharpness (or possible lack-thereof) on this difficult camera.

Full review here: http://matthewdurrphotography.com/2013/01/12/lens-review-sony-35mm-f1-8-oss/

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City Sunset

Rebel Scooter

All the best folks.

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In reply to El Matadurr, Jan 13, 2013

Wow, that was a very interesting reading; what a fantastic job! A little smile about the "busy" city, oh man I love the space and spirit of the Mid West. Thanks, Matt!

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Excellent and helpful review, thanks!

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In reply to El Matadurr, Jan 13, 2013

Nice review Matt. Not a lens I'm likely to buy (I'm into MF lenses) , this is very useful for those looking for AF primes. Well done. 

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Dirk W wrote:

Wow, that was a very interesting reading; what a fantastic job! A little smile about the "busy" city, oh man I love the space and spirit of the Mid West. Thanks, Matt!

Thank you Dirk, and yes, Lexington isn't really a big city, but it sure feels that way walking around it.

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JacquesBalthazar wrote:

Excellent and helpful review, thanks!

Glad I could help Jacques!

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Nice review Matt. Not a lens I'm likely to buy (I'm into MF lenses) , this is very useful for those looking for AF primes. Well done.

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You know Jim, that's what's concerning me. I'm so used to manual focus Nikkors that the times AF fails for me (and manual-focus does that awkward zoom-in function I can't seem to turn off) I get extremely frustrated. I wonder if there's ever been a lens manufacturer out there that thought of designing a lens with image stabilization, but no AF? That would sure be a keeper for me. Thanks man.

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The "Farm Cat" shot blows me away - can't wait to read your in-depth impressions! TFS!

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Very thorough review & very well done. I actually ordered this lens on Friday, glad I did now!

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El Matadurr wrote:

You know Jim, that's what's concerning me. I'm so used to manual focus Nikkors that the times AF fails for me (and manual-focus does that awkward zoom-in function I can't seem to turn off) I get extremely frustrated. I wonder if there's ever been a lens manufacturer out there that thought of designing a lens with image stabilization, but no AF? That would sure be a keeper for me.

The answer to your question is a camera with In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

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The "Farm Cat" shot blows me away - can't wait to read your in-depth impressions! TFS!

I followed that little feline around for a few minutes before it finally settled down in the shade right where I wanted him. Hope you enjoy Jeff.

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Lee W wrote:


Very thorough review & very well done. I actually ordered this lens on Friday, glad I did now!

Cheers,

Lee

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You won't go wrong with it. I think it's a toss-up as to whether this or the 50mm f/1.8 OSS should be the first "next" lens for NEX photographers coming from their kit zooms (whether it be 18-55 or 16-50).

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El Matadurr wrote:

You know Jim, that's what's concerning me. I'm so used to manual focus Nikkors that the times AF fails for me (and manual-focus does that awkward zoom-in function I can't seem to turn off) I get extremely frustrated. I wonder if there's ever been a lens manufacturer out there that thought of designing a lens with image stabilization, but no AF? That would sure be a keeper for me.

The answer to your question is a camera with In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS).

If they can pull it off in the NEX-9...ohhhhh man that's going to be a dream camera.

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Excellent review. Your honest unbiased opinions will surely help those of us that are considering this lens. As a Nex-7 user, I'm especially pleased that you tested it on a Nex-7. Thank you for the time and effort that you put into your review.

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Very interesting read and write up Matt. F/2.8 - F/11 is not bad at all. Af, well thats another issue. I guess if I was after a std lens at an excellent cost, this is a good one by the looks. CA, fairly easy to correct now days as long as its not too bad. This lens is fine and darn good at F/5.6.

All the best Matt and well done with the images as well.

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creeker wrote:

Excellent review. Your honest unbiased opinions will surely help those of us that are considering this lens. As a Nex-7 user, I'm especially pleased that you tested it on a Nex-7. Thank you for the time and effort that you put into your review.

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I cannot for the life of me figure out why no one has done a review of this review on the NEX-7 yet besides me. It's surprising how reviews sites rush to test out "the next best thing", a.k.a. all the new lenses on the NEX-6 instead...when the NEX-7 is STILL the flagship NEX!

Thanks a bunch Ed, I try to be as unbiased as possible in my reviews, though I am more keen to manual focus. I'll admit to that.

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nzmacro wrote:

Very interesting read and write up Matt. F/2.8 - F/11 is not bad at all. Af, well thats another issue. I guess if I was after a std lens at an excellent cost, this is a good one by the looks. CA, fairly easy to correct now days as long as its not too bad. This lens is fine and darn good at F/5.6.

All the best Matt and well done with the images as well.

Danny.

Too kind Danny, loving your 500/800mm shots over there in NZ. I hardly think a 35mm would be of use to your photography style though.

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Nice review, Matt!

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Is my EXPECTATION TOO HIGH? I'm very disappointed by what I"m seeing here
In reply to El Matadurr, Jan 14, 2013

Is my expectation too high?  Am I the only one who find these F/1.8 these results very POOR.  I'm seeing:

  • Severe Bokeh Fringe @F/1.8
  • Severe Lack of Contrast @F/1.8
  • Severe drop in Sharpness @F/1.8 (reasonable?)
  • Strong Vignetting @F/1.8 (I guess, that is to be expected)

I'm not here to trash Sony 35mm f/1.8.  I even dump my (m43) Panasonic GF2 in anticipation of this lens.  But judging by your result here, these F/1.8 result is not even usable for my taste.

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martindesu wrote:

Nice review, Matt!

Thanks Martin.

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