Sony SAL-500F80 reviews: Lens

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This lens is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 15 reviews.
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
autofocus works well generally, the image is failry clear and it can be used handheld even with mvoing shots. Actually pretty light for handling considering the lens.
Bad points:
can struggle with autofocus in a cluttered setting (birds flying in front of trees).
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 May 2010

Alasdair, Livngston

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Good build quality - soid feel to it. Light weight for focal length.
Bad points:
the plug in filter is very poorly designed. Not only can it easily detach from the lens body, it isn't sufficiently "murphy proof", i.e. it will still fit if inserted the wrong way round !

Fixed aperture results in loss of fexibility with shutter speeds.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Nov 2010

carl , kettering

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
its very sturdy ,reliable,easy to use and has good responsive auto focus.
Bad points:
lets itself down on image clarity in anything but very well lit conditions plus the mirror lens spooks wildlife.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 5.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 Jul 2010

Martin, Colwyn Bay

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
The build quality is excellent and I was surprised how easy the lens was to use and how well it works in general situations while being hand-held. The autofocus performs very well although you have to be careful to focus exactly on any small object being photographed, as it very quickly refocusses if you move the camera off target. You can though use the focus hold button, or switch to manual. I have been pleasantly surprised by the sharpness and general quality of picture for most photographs from 5m to infinity. As yet I haven't fully experimented with the lens, especially using a tripod, but from my expecience so far have absolutely no hesitation in saying that I am really pleased that I bought it. Being a keen amature photographer, but no more, this lens will probably meet my demands for some time to come. Overall it is a very good buy.
Bad points:
Depth of focus can be a problem but that is to be expected. Bokeh can also be a problem but this is usually when the background is to close to the target object, particularly when the object distance is 20 to 50.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Nov 2010

Paul, Peel

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very compact, and comparatively light. Working with the Sony in-camera image stabilisation system produces great results. Have had no problems with strange bokeh other reviewers have had.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Aug 2010

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Much lighter than a non reflex lens. Nice understated bokeh effect
Bad points:
A little heavy and needs lots of light
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2010

peter, ashton u lyne

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
auto focussing image
Bad points:
no tripod thread
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Jun 2010

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