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

reviewer#44524 date: May-22-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:Sony 35mm f1.8
price paid:£140 new
negative:Feels cheap
comment:This "nifty fifty" was my first prime lens. I bought it with high expectations, but was disappointed by the very cheap rattily build of it.
Optically it disappointed me to start with, so I did an MFA on the SLT-68 to find out it need adjusting by -3. I don't know if it is a bad copy, or they are all like this. As a result, I cannot use it on my SLT-58.
Used for portraits, but a bit too long for general use.

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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