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

reviewer#35786 date: Mar-4-2017
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:Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:$ 100
positive:very sharp, great color rendering and cheap.
some CA
some distortion
some flare
comment:It’s very sharp, comparable to Carl Zeiss and Sony G. You can shoot it wide open and still get pretty sharp shots with it. It’s sharper than the Minolta 50 1.7 (that saying something). I think when the Sony engineers designed this lens, they decided to focus on image resolution and nothing else.

I really like this lens and use it all the time, but it definitely has some issues. For example, the build quality is terrible. It probably wouldn't last even a short fall. Also the autofocus leaves some to be desired. I mean the autofocus isn't bad by any means but it’s definitely not great.

What I really like about this lens is the sharpness, color, and price. Even though there are some flaws, this is still a good lens and I would highly recommend it for an APSC user.

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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