Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras – Product Description:

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT LensDT 50mm F1.8 SAM is a compact, lightweight, high-quality lens with a 50mm focal length (35mm format camera equivalent: 75mm) that is ideal for portraits and general-purpose photography. It is designed exclusively for use with ? digital SLRs incorporating an APS-C type image sensor.

Product Features :

  • Small size, light weight portrait lens
  • 35mm focal length equivelant on APS-C; 75mm
  • Smooth and silent AF operation with built-in motor (SAM)
  • Closest focus distance: 1.1ft (0.34m); Maximum magnification: 0.2x
  • Please note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the DSLR-A900

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras – Review:

THE SHARPEST LENS IN MY BAG!

Things I like:
1. Sharp and great colors! I’ve been using my kit lens for a while, and I wanted a lens for portraits. The quality of the images make it my preferred lens, and I only resort to my kit zoom lenses during events where I am unable to get close.
2. Light. Agreed that it is mostly plastic, but it is sturdy and looks good. I do not regret this purchase at all due to build quality.
3. Fast! Indoor photos can be shot by hand with natural light due to the large f1.8 aperture. Built in steady shot in every Sony Alpha makes this even better. Shutter speed indoors using just natural light (no flash!) shooting away from the windows can range between 1/8 to 1/120 of a second from ISO 100 to 400. Moving to higher ISO values (which my zooms would have done in order to get similar shots) would probably match the speed, but would have introduced much more noise.
4. Smooth bokeh. None of this hexagonal stuff you see in other lenses.

Things I don’t like.
1. AF/MF switch. I have one on my camera, I don’t need one on my lens. In order to attain full manual focus I need to swith both the lens and body.
2. 49mm filters. Why not the usual 55mm?
3. Not full frame. If you don’t own an A900, and don’t ever plan of upgrading to one – this doesn’t matter to you.

I would recommend this lens to EVERYONE! It is cheap, and the quality of the images are superb! Furthermore, the fixed focal length forces a photographer to be more aware of how he/she is composing photographs. The lazy method of zooming in and out to fit the subject is no longer applicable. You have to move, and take into consideration objects around the subject. So in the end – you will be a better photographer – or a frustrated one due to the lack of zoom.

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