Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens review by darkryder2001

reviewer#11935 date: Aug-3-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
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:- Sigma 30mm 1.4
- Minolta 50mm 1.7
- Sony 50mm 1.4
price paid:100 GPD
positive:- Pretty sharp at F/1.8 in center but better used from F/2.5
- Light and unobtrusive
- On an APS-C gives a similar feel to a 50mm on a full frame. That is pretty much what you see.
- Super cheap. The G version which is probably no sharper is 8 times as much
- Fast and accurate focusing.
- Cheap and popular 55mm filters.
negative:- Plastic mount and cheap looking. Should be fine as long as you do not drop it.
comment:In my experience this lens performs well above what it's price would suggest and I would use over the more expensive Sony 50mm 1.4 any day. I also feel for anyone into primes and have an APS-C Sony Alpha this is an essential purchase.

Great for indoor and outdoor portraits, architecture and landscapes at a push (although not ideal) this is a pretty wonderful little gem. Forget about the plastic mount and cheap construction which will only come into play if you knock the lens about.

Don't waste your money on more expensive Minolta 35mm F2 or Minolta 35mm 1.4 until you try this lens out. You do not have much to lose.

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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