Reviews and Problems with Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM (SAL35F18)
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Don't settle for just a zoom lens!
Gerard Dauphinais, Amazon
27 April 2014
Summary: Most DSLR's come with a general purpose zoom lens. Though convenient, they do poorly in low light. This lens does much better in those situations. The 35mm focal length is wide enough for most general shooting. Though the focus mechanism is not fast enough for sports action, it's sufficient for normal shooting.
Summary: I love this lens. It is super clear, great in low light, and produces some great pictures. I really like how sharp the pics come out using this lens. Thanks to all the help from the Crutchfield team on recommending this one. I was really shocked on how well it worked in low light and indoors. I was able to get some pictures of deer in light levels that I have never been able to photograph in before.
Pros: Great low light/indoor lens great picture quality
Summary: I was wanting a small, fast lens capable of taking high quality indoor photos without flash. The SAL-35F18 lens fit the bill. Photos are tack sharp in the center and corner sharpness is also very good when stopped down slightly. It also focuses quickly and accurately. While not totally silent, the focus motor is reasonably quiet. For an all-plastic lens, build quality is more than adequate.
Pros: Small, light, excellent image quality, fast accurate focusing
Cons: Max aperture of f1.8 only available in A & M modes
Wide aperture makes even the night visible, sharp image, great price.
13 October 2013
Summary: This is an incredible lens. I've always dreamed of being able to take photos that actually resemble the same image I'm looking at through my eyes, even when it's night out. Taking a picture of a lit-up restaurant sign in the dark, I had to set the aperture to 2.5 because 1.8 made it too bright. I am so happy I bought this lens. The images it produces are sharp and can be quite vibrant even on my Sony A57.
Summary: This likely won't be your only lens for your A77, A65, A55, etc DT format camera unless you're shooting all interiors or all landscapes. I'd argue the 16-50mm f2.8 lens (yes, the expensive one that's weather resistant) is really close to a one-lens solution as it's fast enough, especially with the low-light options an A77 gives you, to handle almost everything you'll need and a great one-lens choice for walking around city sightseeing.
Pros: Great for indoor family/children/formal venue shots as produces great images in low light without needing flash. Very light and small so easily carried either on camera or "just in case".
Cons: Limited in the same way a traditional 50mm fixed lens is on a traditional SLR or full-frame digital--great wide angle, fast lens. Seems lightly constructed but have had no issues due to that as yet.