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

reviewer#26572 date: May-3-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 17-70 2.8-4.5
Minolta 50mmO 1.7
price paid:?200 USD new
positive:Usual prime stuff: smaller, sharper and faster than average zoom
pretty fast and accurate focus
negative:Plastiky but far from flimsy; actually pretty decent for price
comment:Great lens - in a different era, would have come as standard kit. For me it is more convenient for walk around than a zoom due to size, optimal pov and sharpness. The usual workflow argument for primes stands true: discipline comes from getting the same perspective.

Pretty sharp - usable for portraits @ f1.8 in for most of the frame although this requires near perfect AF due to shallow dof. At f5.0 tack sharp throughout but this is same for the Sigma zoom. I didn't notice chromatic aberrations (hood is always on and I avoid the sun in contrejour) or distortion. Colors are ok and can be tweaked with software - definitely not as sweet as classic Minolta on the default jpeg.

All in all, I would say is in the top 3 lenses to own for Alpha APC format.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania