Sony E 35mm f1.8 and Sony E 10-18mm f4: A Very Good Standard and a Wide Zoom

By Ben Boswell - Thursday April 18 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurements | Comparison | Conclusion
Sony E 35mm f1.8 and Sony E 10-18mm f4: A Very Good Standard and a Wide Zoom

A battle rages in the hybrid camera sector between the Sony NEX Range with their APS-C sensors and the Micro Four-Thirds cameras. With interchangeable lenses for each the quality is not necessarily fixed when you buy your camera, you can upgrade the optics. In this first look at Sony E mount lenses, we are looking at their most recent additions, but we will look at others too, let us know which are most important to you.

We are looking here at two of the lenses that Sony produce for the NEX range of cameras, the E 35mm f1.8 and the E 10-18mm f4. The NEX camera’s APS-C sensor has a factor of 1.5x to get the equivalent 35mm focal length making the 35mm into a 52.5mm and the zoom is equivalent to a 15-27mm. Both lenses have Optical SteadyShoot, Sony’s image stabilization system.

The E 35mm f1.8 has 8 elements in 6 groups and incorporates ED (Extra Low Dispersion) glass and 2 aspherical elements. The E 10-18mm f4 also includes ED glass in its 10 element, 8 group design and has 3 aspheric elements.

In keeping with the way the NEX system works there are no controls on these lenses other than the manual focus ring, which can be used for full manual focus or to make fine adjustment during auto-focus operation. Of course the zoom lens also has a zoom ring. Apart from these rings the lenses are completely bare. The lenses look a little large mounted on a NEX body, but in fact they are a similar size to equivalents from elsewhere. The 35mm weighs 155g and the 10-18mm 225g.