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Keywords: Sony Tele Prime A-Mount 35mm SAM


db73961

Registered: October 2008
Posts: 5
Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F28 review by db73961
Review Date: 12/20/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $200.00| Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Small, light, inexpensive
Cons: small f2.8, slow focus, built like a toy lens

slow and noisy focus, not much better then a zoom lens, still recommend it because it's light and inexpensive. Don't border try it on NEX, a SEL5018 is much better.
depruus

Registered: April 2012
Posts: 1
Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F28 review by depruus
Review Date: 4/18/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $195.00| Rating: 10 

 
Pros: image quality, focusring smooth
Cons: light, plastic, looks and feels cheap

First you don't want to believe that this small lens could make this kind of images. Really great. Good color en contrast and great sharpness. It's worth the money double. Usable on a full frame and apc.
Beachrider

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 22
Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F28 review by Beachrider
Review Date: 11/28/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $240.00| Rating: 9 

 
Pros: VG-E CA, IQ. Very light. Physically small. Decent MFD. CDAF works well with LA-EA1 on NEX 5n. SAM is quieter than in-camera focus but noisier than SSM/HSM/USM.
Cons: Plastic Mount gives a cheap feel to construction.

The first review here really bombed a really nice lens. When you consider its modest price point, it is an exceptional lens. Most use a zoom at this focal length, but this one is sooooo easy to bring along that you can do a better job at 85mm, when the situation arises.


For NEX 5n users, I recommend getting the 35mm f/1.8 first, then get this one. Use both with LA-EA1 for the full benefit of CDAF on photo and video. When used with EA2, it is a fine lens for both action shots and many kinds of video.
asathor

Registered: February 2011
Posts: 1
Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM SAL85F28 review by asathor
Review Date: 2/27/2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $250.00| Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Nice lightweight with great potential if refined a bit.
Cons: Lacks close focus - needs to be stoppped down

The sample I have has a loose front element so it is going back. When you focus further and further away the focus follows OK - when you focus closer and closer it has a tendency to front focus. The color shift is red in front and green in back of the focus point.


Otherwise the lens has a lot of potential - It performs very well at high apertures where the focus issue is moot.


It is soft but pleasant wide open.


As you know Sony is price-fixing their products -it will be a good value if they also fix the product.


 






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