Sony AF DT 50mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#8909 date: Apr-10-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Tamron SP AF 90 F2.8 Di MACRO
price paid:185 GBP (new)
positive:Sharp.
Pleasant Bokeh - excellent portrait lens
Lightweight.
Cheap.
negative:Part of the 'easy choice' range so plastic mount.
comment:Surprised this lens is not scoring higher - I bought it on the basis it was described / reviewed as a portrait lens and it takes great portraits. Sharp, good colours, pleasant bokeh. Its one of the 'easy choice' lenses from sony so its good value for money, at the expense of a plastic body / mount.. its actually an attractive / well made lens but yes, I would have been prepared to have paid a little more for a metal mount.
reviewer#8806 date: Mar-19-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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:
missing
price paid:125 USD (new)
positive:- Sharp
- Nice Bokeh (especially at this price point)
- Travel Friendly
- Good Colors
negative:- Build Quality
- Disappointingly Loud, gritty sounding SAM Motor
comment:Nice, lightweight lens that you can take anywhere. Very good optics in a lens this affordable... good bokeh.

SAM Motor is LOUD, much more loud than body driven AF lenses. Build quality is cheap (though not really a complaint at this price point)

Mainly, my biggest gripe is that the quick AF/MF switch on my A700 (and I am assuming on the A850 & A900 as well) doesn't work with SAM lenses.
reviewer#8699 date: Feb-25-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:Sony 18-70mm (Kit)
Sony 18-250mm
Tokina 28-70 f2.8 AT-X pro
Sony 75-300
price paid:95GBP(New)
positive:-Sharp (even when its quite wide open)
-Good bokeh
-Small and very light
-Cheap
-Great in low light
-Good colours
negative:-Poor manual focus
-Focus ring can be gritty
-Poor build quality
-Loud focus motor
comment:This is a great introduction to bokeh for any entry level user and a great companion for kit lenes or standard zooms.

If you can tolerate the poor build quality this is a great lens that will get you some great shots.

I used to use this lens for most of my indoor and portrait shots, so it stayed on my camera most of the time.

reviewer#8651 date: Feb-12-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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 used to own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:150 AUD (new)
positive:Lightweight, sharp, nice colours, cheap
negative:Plastic build including mount doesn't inspire, nor do the rattles, but time will tell.
comment:I wanted a low-cost 50mm prime (that could use the same 49mm filters as my 30mm Macro) for occasional low-light and portraits with my a55. I've only had the lens for week, but so far pleasantly surprised by it's sharpness and colours. Similar to my DT 30/1.8 Macro SAM, this thing feels low-rent like something from a cereal box, but the photos from both lenses speak for themselves. Very happy with my purchase.
If I find I have a lot of use for a 50mm I'll probably upgrade but in the meantime this one suits just fine.
reviewer#8650 date: Feb-12-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
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:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:good bokeh!!!
negative:noisy...
comment:
missing
reviewer#8605 date: Feb-1-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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:
missing
price paid:RM530
positive:- Sharp
- Cheap
negative:- Plastic feel (i can live with it)
- AF noise (zettt.. zeetttt.. sometime very annoying)
comment:My 1st prime lens.. n i'm very happy with it..
reviewer#8585 date: Jan-28-2011
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.3
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:
missing
price paid:350 MYR ( new )
positive:f1.8
small
cheap
negative:No hood ( doesn't need one tho )
loud focusing
AF/MF switch on lens
Cheap build
comment:Nice lens, big aperature. Although it has a very, very loud focusing. I don't like the fact that it's build with plastic. If it's like the KM50 1.7 then I don't mind.
reviewer#8427 date: Dec-20-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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:minolta macro 50 3.5
price paid:185$ (new)
positive:Light
Sharp
Very good flare control and work against light
negative:Noise at making video
comment:Good portrait and walk around lens. I am happy how works this lens against light.
reviewer#8423 date: Dec-20-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
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:Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Great quality for low price. Lightweight for portability, f1.8 is fairly good. Excellent modern coatings.
negative:Plastic mount does not inspire long term confidence. SAM motor is not quiet. A little too long with crop factor for use indoors.
comment:50mm on an APS-C is equivalent to 75mm which is just short of a good portrait focal length. It's also a bit long for use indoors. Sharpness can be good but short of excellent. Bokeh is good, but again not excellent. But as a basic prime it will beat most if not all zooms for overall image quality and is an excellent compliment to my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8.

For the price and size/weight, this lens really delivers. So ultimately this lens is a good "jack of all trades" prime. However, before buying this lens, choose carefully whether to invest in a 50mm f1.4 or this f1.8 as once you get this it will be hard to justify the upgrade cost to a f1.4.
reviewer#8402 date: Dec-14-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 3.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm 1.7, Canon 50mm 1.8, Nikor 50mm 1.8
price paid:175 USD (new)
positive:Fast Prime 1.8
Very good IQ and sharp
Affordable
beats the budget 50mm from other manufacturers
negative:Cheap quality
SAM makes a lot of noise
49mm Filter is rare
Too small and light for A700
comment:I used to own this lens prior to acquiring the Sigma 50 1.4. Have used it on the A200 & A700. Works better on A200. For the price and performance this is a must have lens for anyone starting out. IMO it def beats the Minolta 1.7. It is sharp, great colour and works great at nights. Best for portrait work. The only drawback is that the lens feels like a plastic toy. But one should not complain as this is Sony Easy Choice. Cheap and Good.
reviewer#8208 date: Nov-8-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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:Kit Lens Sony DT 18-70 F3.5/5.6
Minolta 35-70 F4 [2 copies]
price paid:100€ (Used Mint)
positive:Cheap
Portrait lens
Light weight
Aperture 1.8
Fast & Accurate AF with A700
Short mini focusing distance (35cm)
negative:Light !
Cheap made
SAM ?!!!
Difficult to use inside !
comment:About the negative points : SAM doesn't mean anything ! It looks like a plastic toy ! It weights like a plastic toy ! But I don't care, it takes awesome portraits !

I bought my first DSL-R, a sony A200. 2 months later, I purchased this lens to take portraits. It did a Fantastic job for 100€. To be honest, I didn't mount my kit lens on since I got this 50mm.
Fast AF on my A200 even faster on my A700. I compared it with the kit lens and it's way sharper ! About the minolta 35-70mm F4, it's another story. One of my copies seems better from F4 to F7.1. Anyway, last time I had to capture a sunset I used this little baby and it gave me what I expected !

To my mind, I enter the world of photography because I loved the results with this lens! Thanks Sony !


reviewer#8154 date: Oct-28-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
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:Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Minolta
price paid:129 UK NEW
positive:Sharp - NEX Friendly, Cheap for a Sony lens.
negative:Build no better than £80 canon, costs more than other makers 50mm F1.8s
comment:Not as well made as the old Minolta 50 F1.7 by a long mark but optically better from the samples of the Minolta I`ve had, its sharper wideopen with better microcontrast - about on a par with the canon and nikon variants, the pentax models are best (MF or AF). Dunno how it behaves on Full frame but I`d expect it to be much the same as the Minolta lenses despite the DT moniker after comparing the edges on APS anyway..
Contrary to previous comments, SAM is very important in this lens as it makes it NEX friendly and NEX friendliness means more sales which in turn means more incentive for sony to make more of these small cheap primes (such as a 24mm F2.8 SAM, more NEX dedicated primes and an Alpha version of the 16mm F2.8 NEX lens).

The more SAM lenses the better IMO, body motors are necessary for compatibility with old glass but there`s no need for new screw drive lenses to be made..
reviewer#8147 date: Oct-26-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 3
flare control: 2
overall: 3.7
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:18-70 kit lens
Tokina 11-16 2.8
price paid:222 USD
positive:Cheap
1.8 aperture
Nice to shot portrait
Thou it's plastic, I think it's quiet tough
negative:Flare control
50mm often to long to walkaround
SAM not necessary
comment:I'm very happy with this lens at first I thought it wasn't built very well. But after a drop from the kitchentable on to the stone floor, it seems that the little cheap lens didn't take any damage at all:)

It takes nice sharp pictures, with a smooth background.
reviewer#8137 date: Oct-24-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 AF DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM
- Tamron SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical
price paid:180€ (new)
positive:- Cheap
- Light
- Sharp
negative:- DT lens
- 50mm is kinda weird on APS-C
comment:This is an excellent lens for the price. It's sharp wide open and gets better stopped down.
reviewer#8125 date: Oct-20-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:DT18-70, DT30 Macro, Sigma 28-70 2.8-4
price paid:109 UKP (new)
positive:Sharpness, light weight, small, great for indoors, brilliant lens to start to really learn
negative:From my point of view - non (yet)
comment:This is my review as a beginner who is desperately trying to get better at photography. Simply put, this is the lens I always reach for. I am using a a200, so for an every day walk around it is probably a bit long, but I find it is the lens that gives me the most consistent results. Indoors this lens shines, the wide aperture saving many shots. I am drawn to portrait photography (my daughter now runs away when the camera comes out) and this lens is just awesome for that purpose. Being my first prime, I was shocked at the sharpness and quality of the photos taken with this lens... to the point that I immediately craved the prime quality on all shots.... which is why the DT30 Macro was also purchased.

Also, I believe that being a prime it makes you think differently as you have to compose in a different way. Anyway, I would recommend this lens to a beginner, but I guess the new DT35 1.8 may be a little better due to the normal length.... but if you want to look at producing quality portraits on the cheap, then this is your lens. I personally have no problem with the SAM on this lens... it seems quicker than screw mount on my A200... I guess on higher end models this may be different. It is definitely a quicker focusing lens than my macro (which is to be expected).

The best thing... it only cost me £109 last year with the mail in rebate. Absolute bargain!
reviewer#8080 date: Oct-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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 1.7 50
CZ 16-80
CZ 1.4 85
price paid:149.00 USD
positive:Decently sharp even wide open.
SAM enhances worth with future cameras.
negative:None really if you weigh what it is versus the cost.
comment:It's equal to the Minolta 1.7 in IQ, but the addition of SAM means it'll autofocus on my NEX as well as my larger Alpha which becomes an advantage.

It'll produce some "keeper" shots, but if you are seeking impeccable IQ, especially for portraits, then the 50 1.4 or the CZ series will consistently yield better results. It's a case of getting what you pay for.
reviewer#8079 date: Oct-12-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.3
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
Sony DT 30/2.8 Macro SAM
Sony DT 18-70/3.5-5.6
price paid:150 USD (new)
positive:- f/1.8 is very nice
- Sharp, especially from f/2.2
- Lightweight
- Nice Bokeh
negative:- Build quality leaves something to be desired (it rattles slightly)
- SAM is loudish and not fast
- I'll have to look more into the colors from this lens
comment:I think this lens is a great bargain if you're looking for a wide aperture, luminous lens on the cheap, though don't expect much in the way of build quality, it is OK, acceptable, decent, but just that. I find it's slight rattling a bit unnerving.

I'd definitely recommend it if you want something small that delivers good quality photos.

Using it in low light is a pleasure.

Overall 50mm is a bit long on APS-C for general purpose use but it work very nicely for portraits.

I've since sold this lens since I got a deal on a Minolta 50/1.4 which does seem to be better overall (except for MFD, Coma and Flare Control).
reviewer#7964 date: Sep-13-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
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:
missing
price paid:149 USD New
positive:Light, Sharp, Good Bokeh!
negative:Light, build quality seems sturdy, just alot of plastic.
comment:First lens I bought when I purchased my a330. I use it quite often, and I am always happy with the results. It is made of plastic (including the mount) but it is really light, so I do not forsee that as a real issue.
reviewer#7963 date: Sep-13-2010
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:Minolta 18-70 mm
price paid:$149.00
positive:Price, This lens is very sharp. Colors and Bokeh are very good. No distortion.
negative:None.
comment:This is an excellant lens, I love it. I hardly ever take it off my camera. I have shot with this lens indoors in dim light situations and it performed admiralbly. This has to be the best value in a lens offered by Sony.
reviewer#7904 date: Aug-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
price paid:120 CAD
positive:Sharp
CHEAP
Beautiful Bokeh
negative:toy-like build
loud
kinda slow AF
comment:This was my first step towards taking photography seriously. I thought I was all serious just getting a DSLR in the first place, but MAN, Prime lenses.. serious business. I find myself getting into weirder positions all the time so I can use this lens instead of just busting out something with a more appropriate range like my 18-70 or 75-300. Absolutely the cheapest and best introduction to glass addiction. :D I spend like, half an hour every day rummaging Craigslist and Kijiji for anything with an f2.0 or wider.

Also, becomes entirely MF on Film cameras, at least it does with my Minolta Maxxum 3xi. Probably due to the silly SAM. I don't really see any advantage to the SAM. its just as loud and slow as any of my other lenses.
reviewer#7753 date: Jul-29-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:Samyang 85/1.4
Sony DT 18-70
Minolta 28-85
price paid:1000 Sek
positive:IQ
f1.8
negative:Build!
comment:I found this on sale, a really nice purchase for only 1000 sek (about 100 £). It's on my a300 most of the time, it is very light and small.

Very good IQ, at f1.8 it is good, at f2.8 it is very sharp, at f4 it is supersharp. But I use mostly at f1.8, the pictures come out very nice with nice colours.

Pretty strong light-fall-off in the corners at f1.8, sometimes a problem but mostly not

SAM works ok, but not more. Don't know if screwdrive would have been faster, but I belive it would have been quieter. SAM is horribly loud when the lens hunts, otherwise it is ok.

The build is awful, the pictures is the only reason for owning this lens, and the pictures are great, so buy it ;)
reviewer#7750 date: Jul-28-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.6
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 18-70 kit, 85mm f1.4 Samyang
price paid:139 EUR (new)
positive:Very fast, good IQ, cheap, light.
negative:All plastic body and mount, SAM.
comment:Excellent performer for the given price. I'm surprised with good image quality. I only worry that the plastic body (and mount) will be able to endure everyday wear and tear. Regarding the Smooth Auto Focus (SAM) - I find it obsolete in this class of lenses. Works same as screw driven autofocus (on my a200), and only complicates the build lens - one more thing to get broken.
reviewer#7745 date: Jul-27-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
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
price paid:$125 USD new
positive:Cheap
Lightweight
Decent IQ
negative:SAM
Plastic
No hood
comment:Picked this lens up when Sony had them on sale for $125 intending to resell it, but ultimately decided to keep it and sell my Mino 50/1.7 instead. The IQ of the Sony is just slightly better than the Minolta. Although the Minolta is built better, the Sony makes up with its weight. It barely weighs anything! Because it's so light, I'm fairly certain it could survive falls that would cripple the Minolta. The lack of a hood leads to some flare, but the coatings help quite a bit. Also, I'm not a fan of the SAM, which is loud and rather slow, though maybe it's just my copy.
All in all, this lens is a great value, offering decent IQ for a very appealing price.
reviewer#7715 date: Jul-22-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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:Min 50 1.7
price paid:150 USD
positive:Sharp
Light Weight
Fast
negative:Plastic Mount
Nothing else.
comment:This is a wonderful lens, a little soft wide open but very sharp from f2.8 up about the same as the Minolta.

I like the SAM, mine is quiet. All things considered this lens is a no brainer for APS-C users, it's sharp and fast and when compared to the Minolta 1.7 it's new!

UPDATE 04/28/11
After less than a year of use the SAM motor is now becoming noisy. Still works fine but not as quiet.
reviewer#7554 date: Jun-11-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
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 1.4
CZ 85mm & 24-70
price paid:£135
positive:Good IQ for price
Small and light
Good size manual focus ring
negative:Plastic build
SAM offers little advantage
comment:Unfortunately my Minolta 50mm 1.4 got damaged and I had little money for a replacement. Looking at reviews here and on other sites I went for this lens.

*Update* Now used this lens a fair amount - I'm not relying on a 50mm as much as I used to, but being so small and light I always carry it in case I need it. So far I've been very impressed with the quality, even wider open.

Another advantage is when used for video on my Panasonic GH1, its very light and the manual focus ring is bigger and smoother than the Minolta.

reviewer#7514 date: Jun-1-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:
missing
price paid:125 USD (new)
positive:Price
Weight
Optics
Colors
SAM
Brokeh
Wide Aperture
DOF
negative:Plastic Mount
SAM
Lack of Metal
Lack of Hood
comment:A 1.8 50mm @ 125 bucks? What a bargain. Plus giving it new life as a 75mm on my A700. I use it all the time. Such a fast lens. Love how narrow I can get the depth of field. It sharp through the whole range. SAM has it's goods and bads. Fast auto focusing on my A700 but very loud. Plus I like it has a distance scale on it. Unlike my other SAM lens. The all plastic construction is OK. Makes it very light weight. But, what do you expect from a 125 buck lens. I still wish it had a metal mount. Doesn't come with a lens hood. Not like it needs it. It controls flare very well. I guess it's cause the lens is recessed. I like it.

Overall a great fast 50 at a cheap price. Get this lens.
reviewer#7480 date: May-25-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:50 F/1.4 & F/1.7
price paid:
missing
positive:New with warranty.
Latest lens coatings (no flare).
negative:SAM (why the heck is this in?)
Build less then the metal versions.
comment:Since my sister in law owns one I had it on my camera for a short comparison session with my own F/1.7 from the beercan series. The sharpness is on par with the 1.7 and maybe a tad better. The IQ is more neutral and lacks the specific Minolta color touch (whatever has your preference). Build quality is quite OK only the plastic mount is a bit disappointing for the sense of quality. And why incorperate SAM in such a light portrait kin of lens? To my opinion the screw drive is as fast and SAM only makes this lens more complicated and prone to break down.
reviewer#7461 date: May-21-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp
Cheap
negative:Toy-like build
Plastic mount
SAM is noisier that it should be
No hood(but probably would have used rubber hood anyway)
comment:I think this lens is a solid replacement for the old 50/1.7. I bought it with this purpose in mind and after a few days of changing my mind i decided to keep the Sony. My main issue with the lens is it's build quality.Compared with the '85 generation on Minolta glass(i have/had quite a few of those) this one feels like a toy and sometimes i feel like i'll break it if i'm rough with it... though the larger focus ring is a big plus compared to the one on the Minolta

As IQ goes it's almost the same as the old 50/1.7 from f4 onwards but it's clearly better between f2-f4. It's shorter MFD compared to the old Minolta is a plus indoors...so if you need something that fits this description i'd go for the Sony. Outdoors i haven't noticed flare or ghosting even without hood. No real IQ difference compared to old Minolta

Conclusion:...if i need a 50 would i buy it? ...YES. If i already have an old 50/1.7? ... YES...BUT only if you really need the better f2-f4 performance and can live with the cheaper build quality
reviewer#7369 date: Apr-28-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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:KIT LENS
price paid:150 NEW
positive:GREAT FOR THE PRICE.
negative:
missing
comment:This is really a must have lens. Well at least this or its 1.4 big brother. most reviews will agree that the difference for the price makes the 1.4 a questionalbe upgrade. I dont really care for the look of the lens but that doesnt matter much, and once i start looking at the photos i have taken i am always impressed if not blown away.
reviewer#7269 date: Apr-10-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:Minolta 50 f/1.7
CZ 16-80 f 3.5-4.5
price paid:
missing
positive:Sharp,
Usable from f/.8
Tough competition to Minolta 1.7/50

negative:SAM is a pain
Plastic Mount
Cheap build than the competition
AF/MF switch
comment:I love this lens. Never regretted my purchase. It's cheap and gr8 IQ. Many a times, i wished that there was no SAM. The AF is just fine. It handles flare, ghosting better than Minolta 50 f/1.7. I wish the mount could be made with metal.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 89
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.52
  • build: 3.53
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.48
  • overall: 4.34

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