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: 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.
Excerpt: I recently received an a35 to replace the a350 the Mother in law dropped. Ordered the 75-300 lens with it (as most of my photography is nature, i.e; animals, birds) and I still had many other lenses, including a few Prime lenses, 50mmf1.2, and 400mmf4, and an 18-70mm f3.-4.6 zoom. I desired a nice normal lens, and this one will do very nicely. Good optics, weight, brightness, function.
Summary: This is a light and very sharp lens. It is a tad sharper than the 16-50mm "kit" Lens that came with my Sony A77 24.3 MP Translucent Mirror Digital SLR With 16-50mm F2.8 lens . I love the field of view that this lens gives on A77--which is about 52mm. If you are considering this lens, you won't be disappointed. By the way, I found out that it is normal for the lenses to wiggle a little bit when locked in place on the camera.
Summary: Needless to say I am a novice in this, a new pass time/hobby I just picked up for about a year or so. This is my 3rd lens I've purchased off of Amazon, and I have yet to be disappointed (knocking on wood). I decided to purchase this particular lens because of the "low lighting" in my house, and with this problem my other lenses just don't cut it(as far as indoor pics). Plus it's my 1st "macro" lens! And I'll say it again I have yet to be disappointed!
Summary: This lens is really nice for the price I paid for it. Definitely worth it if you are looking for an inexpensive wade angle lens. If your just starting out the lens is perfect and definitely worth the buy. If your wanting a wide angle lens with more of a focus range then Id wait and save up. I am satisfied with the lens so far.
Summary: To be honest, I did not buy this lens through Amazon. I have been reading reviews for a Macro/Max. apeture lens on Amazon. I ended up purchasing it through my local camera shop because shipping would have taken too long for the day I needed it. For background info, I own a Sony A55 and I tested this lens on full manual mode. I was a graphic design major so I took some photography classes in college.