Sony AF DT 50mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens review by StefB.

reviewer#10409 date: Jul-29-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 17-50@f2.8
price paid:40 EURO (like new)
positive:- Lightweight and compact
- Sharpness acceptable @1.8, but really good @f2.8
negative:-All in plastic
comment:Used on Alpha 55
Really pleasant for portraiture, specially my kids. I always have it in my bag.

The color is not exactly the colors we used to have with Minolta, but most of the time, I am using B&W with this lens, so not problem for me.

AF is a little bit noisy, so not suitable for video.

There is no hood, but the front lenses is far inside, so not really a problem

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 89
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.52
  • build: 3.53
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.48
  • overall: 4.34 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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