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Sony NEX SEL50F18 Versus SEL35F18

Written By Pinoy Tekkie on Sabado, Disyembre 29, 2012 | 6:26 AM

We have the likes of SEL50F18 and the SEL35F18, which by all measures are and will be good enough, heck, better than enough. And they are affordable by a much larger majority of users. 

Which one you would recommend SEL35F18 or SEL50F18?


SEL50F18
++Very Sharp, even sharper than the SEL35F18
+Smooth bokeh
+Cheaper than the SEL35
-Bigger and heavier than the SEL35
-Slow AF esp in low light
-50mm is quite narrow and hard to use indoors with tight spaces.

SEL35F18
++Very Fast AF
+Quite small and light w/c makes your overall gear more lighter.
+Black color = stealthy
+Works decently indoor even in tight spaces
-Very High contrast = CA or Purple Fringing @ F/1.8 (minimal @ F/2.2 and gone @ F/2.8 onwards)
-Expensive but acceptable. $300 vs $450. heck, it could even get more expensive due to demand.

IMO, Despite it's short comings, the SEL35F18 is easier to use and more versatile compare to the SEL50F18. The SEL50F18 ain't a bad lens and excellent in portrait and spy shots but if I'm in a situation where I can only buy 1 lens for my NEX, the SEL35F18 is my choice. As of now, I love my SEL35F18 but I'm not letting go of my SEL50F18 just yet.

*credits to TPCMAN
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