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Sony SAL50F18

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Reviews and Problems with Sony SAL50F18

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Overall 8

Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM Lens Review

20 December 2010
  • Summary: Although this lens is not the best performer when it comes to resolution at maximum aperture, it should still make a great portrait lens when stopped down a little for those on a budget. The out of focus blur is quite smooth and pleasant too.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Quality when stopped down, Cheap
  • Cons: Basic design may be off-putting to some, Softness at maximum aperture, AF hunts occasionally
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Overall 7
Value for money 10
Overall quality 7
Build quality 4

Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT ( SAL-50F18 ) - Lab Test / Review

12 September 2010
  • Conclusion: The Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT ( SAL-50F18 ) is pretty much a no-brainer for Sony APS-C DSLR users. The lens is very sharp even at f/1.8 and the resolution is about as good as it gets around f/5.6. Lateral CAs are absolutely negligible which adds to the outstanding sharpness perception. The lens produces a slight amount of barrel distortion but it's not really field-relevant. Typical for a dedicated APS-C format lens it shows rather significant vignetting at f/1.8.
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