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Sony DT 35 mm f/1.8 SAM

Sony DT 35 mm f/1.8 SAM
3 June 2011
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2011-05-30 on Optyczne.pl

A cheap standard lens is, by and large, a compulsory position in every reputable system. It was this way long time ago, when every analogue 35-mm camera owner could also buy a 50 mm lens with an aperture ranging from f/1.7 to f/2.0 and they didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it.

It seemed only too natural that, with wider and wider accessibility of reflex cameras featuring APS-C/DX class sensors, optical companies would offer standard 30-35 mm lenses as well, right? Wrong. Only Sigma decided to accept the challenge – they have been offering a 1.4/30 device for some years now. The problem is that the lens is not cheap at all and not always available for every beginning amateur of photography. In 2009 something started to change, though. That year Nikon presented the Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8 G which price didn’t exceed 1000 PLN. In 2010 Pentax and Sony joined the ranks of companies which offered cheap standard lenses for smaller sensors. Pentax didn’t impress us because it produced a relatively slow f/2.4 device. Sony followed the path of Nikon and showed a 1.8/35 model which we have the greatest pleasure to feature in this review.


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Sony DT 35 mm f/1.8 SAM - Introduction



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