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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


50mm is my favorite FOV. I got the Sony 35mm OSS for my NEX-5N as a potential replacement for my Panasonic 25mm that I use on my OM-D, primarily for the weight savings (5N+35mm = 1lb, OMD+25mm = 1lb 6oz - doesn't seem significant but I carry multiple bodies+lenses for hikes).

I really wanted to like the Sony but its acuity is just lacking, not just wide-open but also stopped down, particularly when compared to the Pany. The OSS worked well, about equal to the IBIS on the OM-D with the Pany. I'm normally not super particular on acuity but I do have minimum thresholds and the Sony fell short.

I'd be interested in hearing others' opinions on this lens.



Jul 15, 2013 at 05:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


i agree, i have the same problem and no solution.
The Sony 35mm OSS is a good lens in every aspects.
but it never shines.

does the touit shines?
in my eyes not bright enough.
sharper > yes.
microcontrats (3D) > a little only (have not better seen/made)
bokeh > mostly OK to good
worth ~800 euro? not for me.

biogon ZM 35mm 2.0?
would be also OK for FF Nex?





Jul 15, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


I honestly don't think you'll find a better autofocus lens in the 50mm FoV for ~$500 than the PL25. It's rendering is just pretty, I almost never get an image I don't like out of it.

My only complaint about it is that I wish it was metal and weather sealed and the OEM hood while very attractive isn't very practical.

I've tried the Sony 35mm F1.8 on Alpha mount which is the model the NEX version was made from and it's a very good lens but like you said, nothing close to the PL25 in terms of actual micro contrast and rendering.



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


FlyPenFly wrote:
I've tried the Sony 35mm F1.8 on Alpha mount which is the model the NEX version was made from .


are you sure? where did u get the info from?



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:28 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


rsrsrs wrote:
i agree, i have the same problem and no solution.
The Sony 35mm OSS is a good lens in every aspects.
but it never shines.

does the touit shines?
in my eyes not bright enough.
sharper > yes.
microcontrats (3D) > a little only (have not better seen/made)
bokeh > mostly OK to good
worth ~800 euro? not for me.

biogon ZM 35mm 2.0?
would be also OK for FF Nex?


If you don't need stabilization the Canon 35mm FD f/2 is an excellent lens ($200) - and can be f/1.4 if you use the SpeedBooster. It's one of my favorites but alas I need stabilization for much of my shooting.



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


rsrsrs wrote:
are you sure? where did u get the info from?


Somewhere on Dyxum, I believe there was a comparison and a look at the lens diagrams.



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


so where are the PL25 vs 35 oss comparisons?


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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


FlyPenFly wrote:
Somewhere on Dyxum, I believe there was a comparison and a look at the lens diagrams.


The DT has convex elements at the front and rear, and the E has concave, so I don't believe they're all that similar.



Jul 15, 2013 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


kahren wrote:
so where are the PL25 vs 35 oss comparisons?


Here's one, subject distance about 75 feet, 100% crops from center of the frame:

OM-D w/Pany 25mm vs NEX5N w/Sony 35mm OSS



Jul 15, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


snapsy wrote:
Here's one, subject distance about 75 feet, 100% crops from center of the frame:

OM-D w/Pany 25mm vs NEX5N w/Sony 35mm OSS


The Pany looks better at each aperture, but to be honest, the difference is not significant enough that i would care. It is interesting that the Sony chose half the shutter speed of the Oly.



Jul 15, 2013 at 07:28 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


i say just stick an oly 50/1.8 or tak smc 50/1.4 on a speed booster. not much bigger and not really more expensive, though it's possible neither of those lenses is particularly good with the SB.


Jul 16, 2013 at 01:22 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


Sony Alpha 35/1.8:












Sony NEX 35/1.8:













Jul 16, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


snapsy wrote:
Here's one, subject distance about 75 feet, 100% crops from center of the frame:

OM-D w/Pany 25mm vs NEX5N w/Sony 35mm OSS



are those jpg or raw? nex jpeg is considerably less sharp and less contrast at default settings then what comes out of oly. to me it looks like then nex just needs some sharpening added if anything to match the oly, more then this being the difference in lens sharpness.



Jul 16, 2013 at 07:46 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Sending my Sony 35mm OSS back


The 35mm OSS is fine. It's sharp stop down and the center is sharp at wider aperture. What I don't like is fringing and coma.

I do want a better lens but the 35mm is good for what it is.... inexpensive, OSS, small and light... I would keep using it probably until I decided pull the trigger on getting the CV 35mm 1.2 (Only purchased the Hawk's M-mount adapter so far ) or Zeiss 32mm but even so I would still make use of a convenient small lens with AF and OSS at times.



Jul 16, 2013 at 08:17 AM





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