Sony SAL-50F18 SAM Portrait Lens reviews: Lens

56 customer reviews

+ This lens has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on build quality.

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Some customer reviews of Sony SAL-50F18 SAM Portrait Lens

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Frank, Durham (IK) old 35mm user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Absolutely brilliant image quality & clarity! When you strap the lens on my recommendation is 'switch everything to manual' ... you get such fine control & pinpoint focusing accuracy!
Bad points:
Only 3, 1) plastic lens mount face, 2) no built in lens hood fixing like the other SAl lenses, 3) make it 55mm filter size, it cuts down on accessories ...
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Mar 2012

chris, Belfast

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Exceptionally cheap f1.8 50mm lens (80mm on my camera sensor)
Good image quality and great bokeh effect
Bad points:
Slow & noisy focus motor
No focus lock so continues through range to get focusing
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Jan 2013

Ian, Padstow

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light, clarity very good, auto focus very good and quiet.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jul 2012

Lewis, Liverpool An Sony product purist

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Beautiful. Bokeh can be obtained very easily. If you take your time focusing.... I focus manually using the peak option on my Alpha 77 I am able to get a very high level of detail especially with portraits.
Bad points:
I think think the overall quality is OK but it is not as robust as I would have liked.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Apr 2012

Carlton , Bolton Novice photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use. The burst speed is awesome & give clear precise photos. Detachable lenses are easy to remove & replace. Good size LCD screen. Excellent value for money.
Bad points:
The top on the Function dial is only glued in place. Whilst on holiday this came away from the dial itself & if I had not noticed it, the camera would have been useless as I would not have been able to change mode settings. I only had the camera 2 weeks, Cant Trim your photos on the camera.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 16 Jun 2013

Blair, Frimley

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Great quality images and excellent value for money.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2012

Brian, Rugby

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good in low light and for portrait photography, as intended.
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Oct 2012

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