One lens has been weirdly missing from Sony’s full-frame line-up and it seems that the Japanese manufacturer is about to fill that gap. From recently registered model numbers it appears that Sony is a few months from finally announcing the FE 35mm f/1.8.
A few months ago I reflected on why this lens didn’t exist for Sony, something that felt bizarre given that the 35mm f/1.8 was among the first lenses announced by both Canon and Nikon for their new lines of mirrorless cameras. This seemed like a strange omission.
Rumors have long been circulating that Sony’s 35mm f/1.8 was not far off and we might now be a step closer, with some expecting the announcement to arrive before the end of August. One site suggests that it will be a similar price to the Sony’s FE 50mm f/1.8 lens which comes in at a very reasonable $248.
If true, the pricing of the various 35mm f/1.8 lenses across the big three manufacturers would make Sony the leader by some considerable distance, a pattern reflected in the nifty fifties. Nikon, who seemed to be focusing on more affordable prosumer glass in contrast to Canon’s premium pro glass, has the most expensive nifty at just under $600. This isn’t a comment on the quality — the Nikon has 11 elements in 9 groups compared to the Sony’s 6 elements in 5 — but more an interest in the different lens strategies across the different manufacturers. The 35mm seems to be following a similar pattern, with Sony apparently going for an immensely affordable option compared to Nikon ($847) and Canon ($449).
The release will no doubt put some pressure on the Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE, a tiny, affordable lens that went some way to filling the gaping void in Sony’s lens line-up. With the Sony version potentially coming in $150 cheaper, the Samyang may feel like a big premium for a slower, third-party lens, however tiny it is.
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