Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT

Last updated (09 June’12):
– Review by Popphoto

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/1.8. The lens construction has 6 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 32. Closest focusing distance at 1.1ft (0.34m) and has a filter size of 49mm. The Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT is a micro lens lens weighs 6 Ounces and it measures 2.8 inches in diameter and 2 inches long.

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Reviews reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“The barrel and mount are plastic, making for a very light, though not so sturdy-feeling, lens. Its silver ring indicates Sony’s Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)- while it focused relatively quickly and without much hunting on our A380, it was far from quiet. “
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“A very useful lens that performs well and carries a rock-bottom price tag. If I were a Sony user then this lens would simply have to be in my camera bag.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“Pros: very good image quality at the center and the edge of the frame, insignificant chromatic aberration, small distortion, fairly well corrected coma, very good work against bright light, quite fast autofocus. Cons: noticeable astigmatism, vignetting larger than in with competitors, autofocus could be more accurate and quieter, too much plastic in the body “
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“Flare was generally well-controlled and distortion was low enough to be negligible in test shots. However, vignetting was apparent in shots taken at f/1.8, although largely resolved by f/2.8. Bokeh was quite attractive, provided backgrounds weren’t busy.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“But, for the money you really can’t go wrong; the only way it could be any better would be if it were full-frame compatible. If you’re contemplating a move to a Sony full-frame body, this lens won’t make the transition. But for everyone else looking for a nifty fifty, it’s a no-brainer decision.”
rating: N/A reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT and writes;
“The Sony DT 50mm F/1.8 SAM lens turned in a good performance. It’s compact and very light-weight, and reasonably fast for a low price of just $149. “
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT User Reviews

The sharpest lens in my bag
“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.” – By Christopher J. Jurado
Rating: ★★★★★

Instantly great pictures | Rating: ★★★★★
“If you are an amatuer photographer and are looking for a lens that will give you a crisp focused image and then “lightly blur” everything around the focused imaged, then this is what you’re searching for. A lot of photographers explain that this type of photography is very fashionable right now, but what I like about it is that it captures the moment that you are trying to capture. If I want to take a picture of two people talking to each other, that’s what I want, I don’t want all the other people in focus. This lens accomplishes that feat. Very happy with my purchase.” – by H. Marvel “Hynson”

good lens for a good price | Rating: ★★★★☆
“pretty fast lens, and the pictures look great. Not as great as I thought it would be in low light, much better than my kit lens, but pictures are still blurred. I am still working on getting the hang of it, but so far so good. Can’t go wrong with the price, and re-sale value isn’t bad. “ – by deal getter

Excellent prime lens for the photographer on a budget | Rating: ★★★★★
“We wanted a prime lens for portraits, available light shots, and just general “walk around” use and this lens is great for that. It has a plastic body and mount but they don’t feel cheap or flimsy. It does not come with a camera hood but since the lens is so recessed it doesn’t really need one but I’ve found that if you use a filter you may get glare without one. It’s intended for APS-C sensor cameras so you wouldn’t be able to use it on a full frame camera like the Alpha 850 or 900 without vignetting. Overall, I like it a lot. It compares favorably to a Minolta prime that I’ve used in the past on film cameras. The plastic body and mount don’t bother me as much as they do other people but I’m not very rough on cameras. “ – by B. Godfrey

Very sharp portrait lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I love this lens, sharp and very beautiful color with the lens, I have in for 6 months, and took about 5000 pictures with it, so far so good. the price it not that expensive for good portrait lens, if you like to take portrait picture, then you have to have this lens. However Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is cheaper, and I think it’s little faster than this lens. I love both lenses.” – by Patrick Nguyen “Trance Music”

Great lens w/plenty of light for the price | Rating: ★★★★★
“i really wanted a bigger lens but could not afford it right now so i opted for this one. i love it! it provides plenty of light for what you can use it for. took my first job with it and it did a great job. the photos turned out great. I highly recommend it.” – by VallejoTex “Vallejotex”

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Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Specifications

DT 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 a digital SLRs incorporating an APS-C type image sensor. Compact and weighing only 170g (approx.), the DT 50mm F1.8 SAM reduces the need to carry heavy gear when shooting, yet offers crisp, natural imaging that is ideal for everything from portraits to scenic photos and snapshots.

It also boasts a large, bright F1.8 maximum aperture and a circular aperture mechanism for smooth background defocusing. Distinguished by ultra-sharp imaging across the focal plane, the DT 50mm F1.8 SAM also features a minimum focusing distance of 0.34m and a maximum magnification ratio of 0.2. In addition, a developed Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) is used to drive the focusing lens group.

One Response to “Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT”

  1. Macroes says:

    I bought this lens 6 months ago. Pretty good for its price.

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