July 10 2009 - Photo Jottings

July 10 2009


I went ahead with the Sony DT 50mm F/1.8 SAM review, because it’s new, and seemed more exciting than the Minolta AF 28-135mm, I guess that one will be next.  I compared the new lens to the Sony 50mm F/1.4, and have a few surprises (or not) in the bonus section at the bottom, and in the conclusion.  This newest lens from Sony is being marketed as a “portrait” lens, so check out the optical qualities to see if it will fit your needs.  I’m still wondering why Sony used 50mm, instead of 35mm like Nikon did with the DX 35mm F/1.8 lens.  The equivalent 75mm is awfully long indoors or in confined areas.  When used specifically as a “portrait” lens, then the focal length is appropriate.

As expected, the SAM or “smooth autofocus motor” performed the same on this lens as it did on the kit lens below, which is to say it’s no better than the old Minolta slotted screw-drive AF system, oh well.
In other news; I put the April home page entries in the “Home page archives” which includes the wildly popular “Dirty lens article.”  This article link appears in the “Sigma and non-factory misc reviews” box on the bottom left of the lens review page.  I may put it on the Nav bar on the left, we’ll see.
The lens reviews links now have larger size text for the sight impaired, including myself!
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