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

reviewer#8969 date: Apr-28-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Summicron-M 50/2
Sony SEL50F18
... many more
price paid:~149€
-Sharp at F1.8
-Very sharp at F5.6
-Low light abbilities
-Good coating
-MF is nearly impossible
-Sensitive to dust and sand
comment:This was my first lens after I bought an A550 Kit.
It's a very nice lens. Espacially very good for potraits. Very cheap. Very good image quality. Perfect first addition to the Kit-Lens. Now I have more than 10 other lenses, but this is still one of my favourites.

Only drawback is the build and the unusable manual focus function. But I bought a Helios 44 58mm F2 with adapter (together <20€) for that purpose.

Get it!

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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