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

reviewer#44163 date: Nov-6-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 50mm f1.4
Minolta 135mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Samyang 8mm f3.5
Cosina 100m f3.5 macro
price paid:£129 new
positive:Gives (almost) the '50mm experience' on APS-C. Fast, sharp, light.
negative:You can't let the sun go down on you, erm, in this lens or you get bad flare.

I wouldn't want to drop it.
comment:Bought because sometimes the 50mm is too long on an APS-C camera, and it's a good lens..

.. so why don't I use it more? Probably because I have the 50mm f1.4 and - most of the time - that's better. There is one place where I take this one for interior people shots, because the rooms are quite small, but if I had bought the Minolta 28mm before this one, I probably wouldn't have got it.

5/5 in terms of value, but because of the others, it would go if I had to cut down to a handful of lenses.

Update: I have been using it more recently, mostly because of the speed advantage over the f2.8s, and I'm no longer sure it would go. It would be better if it were a 28mm though.

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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