SONY 35MM vs SONY 50MM - A6000 Portrait Lens Comparison & Review (SEL35F18 vs SEL50F18)

Sony 35mm vs Sony 50mm - A6000 Portrait Lens Comparison & Review (SEL35F18 vs SEL50F18)

The Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 are two of the best lenses for the Sony A6000.  I use both of them frequently for my portrait photography and fashion shots.

Both lenses are incredibly high quality in terms of sharpness, autofocus, and low light performance.

The two main differences between the Sony 35mm f/1.8 and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 are:

  • THE FIELD OF VIEW - the 35mm is wider and allows you to capture more of the environment

  • THE PRICE - the 50mm costs $150-200 less than the 35mm

 Model @geminhi_

Model @geminhi_

Shooting Portraits with the Sony SEL35F18

The 35mm has been my go-to portrait lens for the past 18 months.  I've used it for about 95 percent of all the portraits I've taken.

 Model @p_elle_

Model @p_elle_

The 35mm gives you certain advantages:

  • SHARPNESS: The 35mm f/1.8 is quite sharp. There are a few lenses, like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4, that have higher sharpness ratings from DxOMark. But if you're just posting on social media, most people will not be able to tell the difference.

  • ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITS: The 35mm focal length is perfect for capturing environmental portraits. If you prefer to shoot mainly headshots, then go with the 50mm instead.

  • GOOD LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE: The f/1.8 aperture allows you to capture great shots in low light.

  • DECENT BOKEH: You can also capture some pretty good bokeh with the 35mm lens. If you want to maximize your bokeh then shoot with the 50mm instead.

Here is one of my favorite environmental portraits that I shot with the SEL35F18.

 Model @sadberriess

Model @sadberriess

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Shooting Portraits with the Sony SEL50F18

The 50mm f/1.8 is also a great portrait lens, especially if you're on a budget, for the A6000.

I've started shooting with it more recently to help break out of the habit of only using my 35mm.  And I've been really satisfied with the results I've been getting.

 Model @allison.brown.photo

Model @allison.brown.photo

Compared with the 35mm, you will get better bokeh with the 50mm.

 Model @kateweiser

Model @kateweiser

 Model @yujiexue. Shot with the SEL50F18 and the Sony A6000

Model @yujiexue. Shot with the SEL50F18 and the Sony A6000

Side by Side Comparison

Here are some more side by side images with the 35mm and the 50mm.

 Model @geminhi_

Model @geminhi_

 Model @jchuxoxo

Model @jchuxoxo

 Model @eliizeddy

Model @eliizeddy

Conclusion

Which lens do you prefer for the Sony A6000?  Let me know in the comments below.

If you're interested in purchasing either lens, here are links to where you can get them on Amazon.  Full disclosure, these are affiliate links so if you make a purchase through the link I will receive a small commission.  This is a great way to support the educational content I create at no additional cost to you.

Buy the SEL35F18 35mm f/1.8 on Amazon

Buy the SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8 on Amazon

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About the Author

Dan Bullman is a portrait photographer and YouTuber based in Boston. He produces educational videos, gear reviews and other content to make you a better photographer faster. His videos have been viewed over 1 million times. His portrait work has been featured on accounts like @moodyports @followingboston and @portraitmeet.