The new lens weighs a mere 7.4 oz (210 g), making it 25% lighter than Sony’s 35mm f/1.8. It features 10 elements in 8 groups and has 9 aperture blades, accepting a front filter of 58 mm. Minimum focusing distance is 11.4 inches (29 cm).
At just $399, Samyang’s new lens is significantly cheaper than the Sony version at $748. Notably, in keeping with its other tiny lenses, the Samyang lens does not have an autofocus toggle switch nor a customizable button, both of which are found on the Sony. Nor does it include the Sony’s dust- and moisture-resistant construction.
However, like the recently-released 75mm f/1.8, the lens features Samyang’s Custom Switch which allows you to change the function of the focusing ring.
Samyang says that the 35mm f/1.8 has a “newly researched and developed Linear STM (Stepping Motor)" allowing it to be quicker and more precise when controlling a larger, heavier lens group.
35mm f/1.8 lenses are something of a rarity on the Sony system, with Sony releasing the first lens of this type just over a year ago. For this reason, Sony shooters will almost certainly be delighted to now have a choice of options, with one being lightweight and affordable.
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