Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
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Very Good Lens
Tony, B&H Photo
6 December 2014
Excerpt: This is a very good lens for the money. After reading the other reviews I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. I have been wanting a fast lens but prices were pretty high; then I saw this one. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The bokeh is great. It's very light since it is plastic. If you are on a budget, as I am, this lens is for you. The glass is tremendous. However, due to its plastic construction, I'm not sure how it will hold up in the long run.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Sharp pictures
Excerpt: I am what you might call a semi-pro photographer, and when I'm not out taking pictures I'm reading camera and lens reviews, and I thought I'd wade into the discussion here. Although I like sharp pictures in good light as much as anyone, I've been a little leery of prime lenses due to their inflexibility and concerns over fumbling with lenses while on a mountain trail or whatever. (I favor travel photos and have been to Italy three times.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Good for portrait or street photography Resolution-wise it delivers a very solid performance, nice Bokeh Max. aperture suitable for low-light situations The build quality of the lens is not the best The lens barrel is completely made of plastic including the lens mount Slightly wobbly For APS-C sized sensor
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I wondered why I was having trouble getting the sharpness I want out of the kit zoom for my Sony a65. This lens is much more sharp and better exposures. Just have to adjust to no zoom, but that's why cropping was invented...
Summary: This is a good prime lense that every sony alpha owner should have, it is cheaper than G version and the quality of the images is good, you will notice the difference between this and the kit lense. The quality of the components of this is all plastic but it doesn't mean that feels like junk, on the other hand you will have a good quality of images for low cost, just one thing don't forget to add a filter just to avoid damage in the lense. it will save you money.
Summary: I bought this lens for a normal lens to walk around with, I don't like zooms and wanted a bright lens. This lens is very reasonably priced, it is sharp and the shots I took with it look good. My only complaint has nothing to due with the lens technically, but I find the focal length is too tight for my shooting style.