Sony E 35mm or Sony E 50mm

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by MAZALA, May 14, 2017.

  1. MAZALA

    MAZALA TalkEmount Rookie

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    Hello, I know the specs for these lenses, I'm only looking for an unbiased opinion about their sharpness and image quality. My preference would be Sigma but I'm old and my hands shake so OSS is a necessity. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    I thought the 35mm did a good job for me. Only sold it to fund my a7ii purchase. I have not had the 50mm but it is reputed to be quite good also.

    I would say the decision is more about preferred focal length in your photography. The 50mm is quite a bit tighter, i.e. a narrower field of view. Something you should consider.
     
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  3. MAZALA

    MAZALA TalkEmount Rookie

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    Thank you for your input. Yes, I'm leaning toward the 35mm. Again, thank you.
     
  4. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    Both of them are good lenses to get. The 50mm is an amazing buy when you compare it to the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss for full frame. Nonetheless, I will not suggest to choose one over the other, 35mm vs 50mm, because they are very different focal length. But if budget and usage is concerned, I will suggest to go with the 35mm first as the 50mm maybe too long as all-rounder and you can add it later on. The 35mm on aps-c is still too long for me to use as an all-round lens but it is better suited than 50mm. I wish the Sony E 35mm f/1.8 is a Sony E 30mm f/1.8 instead. There are times that I find the 35mm not wide enough when I go out with a single lens in outing.

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    Between the 35mm and 50mm, I find more pleasing sharpness, bokeh and less CA on the 50mm. Flare control is better on the 50mm as well. The 35mm bests itself on the small size and compactness. OSS is even as both primes has OSS and it is critical to have if you have non-IBIS camera such as A6000. Video will work better on the 35mm for the wider view but it all depends if you are shooting portraits. For half body portraits and bokeh shots, I prefer the 50mm . For street shooting, I will pick the 35mm over the 50mm because of the view. For night shooting, both are very usable in wide open and I will give the overall picture quality to the 50mm. The bokeh is similar between the two but I have a bias towards the 50mm. Groups shots using the 35mm is spot on for the money. The 35mm won't do very well on landscape as corners are on the weaker side but for candids and portraits with center frame importance, the 35 is well worth the money.

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    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 bokeh @ f/2.0

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    portraits with Sony E 50mm f/1.8 @ f/3.5


    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  5. MAZALA

    MAZALA TalkEmount Rookie

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    Thanks for posting the photos and taking the time to comment, much appreciated.
     
  6. ztryfe

    ztryfe TalkEmount Veteran

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    I own the 50mm, a couple of shots I like from it:

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    Going for Maximum detail:

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    Pair it with some electronic ext tubes:

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    And you get a nicely OSS capable macro.


    But its quite large ( about the same size as the 18 55 kit lens. )


    That said, and those shown, I am eyeballing the 35mm myself :p Good luck and share whatever comes out of whichever you end up getting !
     
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  7. Hin Man

    Hin Man TalkEmount Veteran

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    I like my E 50mm f/1.8 and what I learned from others is that I have a good chance in liking the E 35mm f/1.8 as both share similar good image qualities. The E 35mm is more compact. In short, you should get both of them. But it is more logical to get the 35mm first.

    I am using a smaller lens hood on the E 50mm

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    I don't have a picture of the E 35mm f/1.8, it is similar in size to the 16-50 pancake kit zoom lens.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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  8. MAZALA

    MAZALA TalkEmount Rookie

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    Thank you. beautiful work. I'll post as soon as I get something decent.
     
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  9. Hawon

    Hawon TalkEmount Regular

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    I have both and 50mm seems sharper but talked longer to focus. 35mm is much better all around and focuses faster but bit softer compare to 50mm. 35mm is much better in versatility so I'd suggest 35
     
  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Dave
    I have nothing but good to say about the 50mm

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  11. MAZALA

    MAZALA TalkEmount Rookie

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    Thank you for your input, I'm def leaning toward the 35mm.
     
  12. Hin Man

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    Trying out Sony E 35mm f/1.8 with Aurora HDR 2017 edition. Please excuse the colorful unreal pictures.

    I wish the 35mm is a 30mm and I will be all set using it more on street shooting or indoor shooting that demand a wider view. I can zoom with my feet on the streets while I find it harder to zoom in indoor. But the 35mm is great in portrait type of shooting. Portraits is the sweetest spot of this lens. Highly recommended for portraits. For others, this 35mm is great all rounder but lacks corner sharpness for landscape. It does fringes more than the E 50mm f/1.8. AF is bit faster than E 50 but still slow in my A6000 in the dark.

    Cheers,
    Hin
     
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