Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens review by Matt

reviewer#11138 date: May-24-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
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 DT 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 SAM
Minolta 100 f/2.8 Macro D
price paid:€ 220 (new)
negative:Lots of plastic
comment:Every A-mount APS-C camera user should have this lens, as it represents the 50mm FOV on APS-C. It performs really great and the value for money is outstanding. Looking at sharpness, it can keep up with my Minolta 100 f/2.8 Macro D easily. Center sharpness is already good at f/1.8 and get excellent when you stop down. Corners follow from f/2.8 onwards.

It is of course one of these "plastic-fantastic" lenses, but I do not care really. It is solid enough and it makes the lens affordable, compact and light in weight. Optically, no complains. Buy it. Enjoy it.

rating summary

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  • total reviews: 108
  • sharpness: 4.71
  • color: 4.62
  • build: 3.42
  • distortion: 4.48
  • flare control: 4.35
  • overall: 4.32 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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