Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
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Plastic Fantastic, with the emphasis on plastic
P. Bedard, Amazon
18 November 2013
Summary: Ah, I wish I could give this 5 stars. The photos are as sharp as my $400 sigma 50mm 1.4, the color is nice, and the AF is fast... but the build quality is absolutely pitiful. I mean seriously PITIFUL!!! I knew this was a "plastic fantastic" lens, but I'm still surprised at how cheap this feels. It toylike. Sony should have upped the price by $20 and made it out of better plastic.
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.
Summary: I bought this lens for a road trip to get quick shots from the car on my A 350. I like the photos and 35mm is almost ok for a walk around on cropped sensors. Acceptable for the cheap price and a I achieved some nice animal shots and landscapes whilst not having to leave the vehicle. You will still need a flash indoors at f1.8 and the lens a weak at corners wide open.
Summary: This lens, as far as I can tell, is very good quality. I have about 200 photos with it. Walking around using it as a "candid/street" lens, it focuses pretty quickly and lets in lots of light. My beef with it is that it really struggles to focus on the subject in low light. I do recommend this for any other work though.
Summary: The lens performs well with crisp images and good auto focus. Allows low light pix at lower iso. Light weight. It really does feel 'plasticy' however and makes more noise focusing than other lenses. It resets itself noisily when you turn the camera off.
Summary: Used with Sony 1580. For the price tag, this lens does a good job. You wouldn't be disappointed. At 35mm/f2.8, the output of this lens is as good as Sony 16-50mm/f2.8. It is light weight and focuses fast. In my opinion, but this lens only if you need a walk-around lens which is light weight. It does a pretty good job at that. If you are looking for creativity in your photography, you need to probably look at 35mm/f1.4.
Summary: This is about as cheap as worthwhile lenses get. There are only two lenses in Sony's lineup that are cheaper than this (the 50mm F1.8, and the 18-55 zoom, which I've also reviewed). As a very low-cost lens, it gets plastic construction, the SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) focus system instead of screw drive or SSM (the best focus drive around), and the most basic focus markings.