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

reviewer#35787 date: Mar-8-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 50/1.7, Sony DT 18-55/3.5-5.6
price paid:90€ (used like new)
positive:Very sharp even wide open, great focal length for APS-C, short minimal focus distance.
Very light and small to carry around even in your pocket.
negative:Build quality could be better, focus ring too short and with a stop position after infinity, Af could be faster
comment:This lens is almost welded to my A58 for interiors. I use it both as a portrait lens (I like also its bokeh) or as a standard lens.
It is sharp at TA and gets razor sharp at 2.8.
I prefer it over Mino 50/1.7 because is is sharper and the focal length is IMHO more suitable on APS-C, where 50mm were a bit long. Moreover also the 50/1.7 minimal focal distance was not suitable for me since I often found myself lying too close to the subject to focus.
This is the real APS-C kit lens when you don't need wide angle and you can cover the kit lens range using your legs.
The amount of CA and distortion is very low and easily corrected in PP

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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