Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens review by Manuag_86

reviewer#11775 date: Apr-17-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 18-135
Minolta 28-135
Minolta 50 f1.7
Minolta 28 f2.8
price paid:110 (used)
positive:Amazing Sharpness!!
Good colors
Small and Lightweight
Hood included
Beautiful Bokeh
negative:Plastic mount
Loose focus ring
comment:Sharpness: Great, beats all the lenses I´ve ever had, from center to corners from f2.2, but from 1.8-2.0 is great too!

Color: Not Minolta colors, but really good Sony colors.

Build: I don´t like the plastic mount. Everything in the lens is plastic, but body feels good, compact, not cheap plastic. In my opinion, focus ring is too loose, it feels like it could move when you walk, but has a good precision.

More: Low distortion, great bokeh for such a small focal lenght. Spherochromatism wide open (1.8-2.2) but great bokeh anyway.

Autofocus it´s fast an accurate, hunts a little bit wide open in low light situations, but from f2.0 it never fails. More focus noise than the 18-135. Very less noise than any Minolta I´ve ever tested.

Highly recommended lens, perfect for portraits, good for landscape, nice even for flowers since its has a reproduction of 1:4.

rating summary

lens image
  • 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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