Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
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A portable powerhouse for the a65 or a58
Sam, B&H Photo
5 August 2014
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.
Excerpt: A very wonderful lens that is very cost effective. This lens plus the a77 is a great combo. When I bought my copy it was not as sharp as I thought it should be so I micro-adjusted it and the lens took on a whole new life!Sure, it feels very cheap, and it is a lot of plastic, but that is what makes this lens fantastic. If you happen to drop this lens, sure you'll be bummed out but you can always buy a new one cheaply, it's not like dropping a SAL70200!