Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4 out of 5 by Augwolf Wide angle?
Let me start out by saying that I returned this item. I am absolutely a Sony man all the way. I was looking for a lens that was wide angle and fixed. While I could get low light shots, that was great. But I wanted a wide angle lens and this is not, in my opinion, a wide-angle lens. So this is not a bad review by any means. I love Sony and would never give them a bad review unless they deserved it… But they never have
May 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by queennola Worth every penny
I decided to purchase the lense after I read good reviews and I was amazed especially in low loght . I used it in dark and it was like a daytime.The price is in mid range not expensive nor cheap.If you like to take pictures @ night that is the right lense. I use it with sony slt a57.
February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kaito Plastic Fantastic
This is a very good lens for the price. Sony's higher end version sells for $1500, and doesn't offer 7 times the performance.
Physically, this is a small lens that's made of plastic. The mount is plastic and that may be a turn-off to enthusiasts. This makes it super light weight.
As for image quality, it's not so great at f/1.8 because of the soft corners and minor light fall off around the edges. But once you stop down to f/2.8, it's heaven. Great overall sharpness there and no light fall off at all.. That's still plenty good for low-light situations. My Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 needs to stop down to f/4 to match this lens. Distortion is minimal.
The AF motor makes a fair amount of noise. It's not bothersome at all, but it's obviously not good for video. Focus speed is good.
It doesn't work on Full Frame, but that's a good thing because this would probably be horrible on a FF camera.
If you're using a Full Frame camera, you probably wouldn't be looking at a $200 lens.
September 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by cptab Fantastic images at low cost (comparatively)
I purchased this lens for my a35 camera after it was recommended that I add a fixed focus prime lens in my bag. I read a number of reviews and I'm extremely happy with my choice. The level of performance is fantastic. Hand held pictures remained clear in low light and the bokeh is awesome (the pics I posted don't do it justice). I highly recommend this lens.
Note, I'm not sure whether a 35mm combined w/ a camera with an aps sensor is the equivalent of a traditional 50mm film lens, but I chose this lens over the 50mm despite many people saying that 50mm are almost mandatory. In any event, I love this lens.
September 1, 2012