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You will rediscover photography!!,
This review is from: Sony 50mm f/1.8 SAM DT Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Electronics)
Bombarded with messages that switching to a prime will make you a better photographer, I was skeptical at first, but ultimately made the plunge.
All I can say is : wow. This lens, coupled with a Minolta f/4 (i.e. The Beercan) made me re-evaluate what my Sony a200 was capable of.
Sharp as a tack, highly capable in low light situations, punchy yet accurate colour reproduction, bokeh as smooth as butter.. and all this for less than $200? Granted, it's no Zeiss f/1.4, but it doesn't cost nearly as much either.
As an added bonus, it truly will make you a better photographer in that you will now pay infinitely more attention to framing the shot.
On a side note, I was actually impressed as to the build quality. While it is made of plastic, the fit and feel seemed considerably higher than the equivalent Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mk II and seemed smoother in AF. I guess Sony has a reputation to establish.
I also compared it to the oft-used Minolta 50 mm f/1.7. And while it pales in build quality to the venerable Minolta, I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Sony yielding much sharper images than the Minolta.