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Sony SEL-35F18 Review
If you have a Sony DSLR camera and you are looking to expand your lens collection, you should definitely check out the Sony SEL-35F18. The Sony E-mount has been employed in the design of this lens, which makes it compatible with quite a lot of the cameras launched by this manufacturer. The features included within the lens itself make it a versatile product that will work well, even with older DSLR cameras. For example, the lens comes with built-in image stabilization. The Optical SteadyShot system is designed to preserve the crispness of photos, even if you are in a hurry and do not have enough time to prepare.
The 35mm equivalent of this lens is 52.5mm: the Sony SEL-35F18 features fixed focal length, so you should not expect it to cover a wide angle and telephoto shots. However, there are some great ways in which you can put this lens to work. You can photograph landscapes and you can even capture details of urban architecture. However, probably the best use for this lens is to capture high quality portrait shots. The f/1.8 lens is great in such situations, especially if you are hoping to make your subject stand out and be surrounded by proper bokeh.
The Sony SEL-35F18 features a circular aperture, and this further contributes to high quality bokeh, which is sought for when it comes to portraits. The images you capture will always be sharp, thanks to the optics inside the lens system. Spherical aberrations are kept to a minimum, the improvements in both the 8-element and the 6-group system can be seen with ease. The f/1.8 aperture should not either deter you from taking crisp shots. The lens benefit from AF, but we all know that sometimes, this will not do the trick. This is why you can switch to Direct Manual Focus after AF has already focused. This way, you can actually focus on the subject you are interested in, rather than taking a poor photo. If, on the other hand, you want to play with other aperture values, you can go down to f/22. After all, it is all a matter of experimenting until you discover what works best in each situation. The wider aperture values might provide some chromatic aberrations, but there is nothing you cannot remove when you edit a photo.
Many users of the Sony SEL-35F18 lens consider it the perfect choice for the NEX series from Sony. Many of them have completely ditched the standard lens provided with these cameras and they rely on the current lens to take their shots. There is something else you might want to know: if you want to make the most out of your photos when you add this lens system to your camera, do a double check and see if your camera firmware is the latest. Various improvements are provided through the firmware and the lens abilities depend on it. If you keep a track of everything when you have this lens mounted on the camera, there is no way you can go wrong.
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- The Sony SEL-35F18 is manufactured by Sony and was added in December 2014 in the Camera Lenses section
- This product has a rating of 5.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Sony SEL-35F18 in Canada is $579.99 at Dell.ca
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at Dell.ca, Henrys, B&H Photo