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Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens

You Pay: $598.00
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • For Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Focus Hold & Range Limiter Buttons

The 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens from Sony is versatile as a standard lens and suitable for general purpose photography. With a minimum focusing distance of only 7.9" this lens provides a magnification ratio of 1:1 making your subjects appear life-size. It uses a double-floating element design to correct aberrations. Its focus-range limiter and focus-hold button offer comfortable operation, while its circular aperture provides a natural looking out of focus background.

Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
With a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and minimum of f/32, this lens' wide maximum aperture means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Focus Hold & Range Limiter Buttons
The Range Limiter button tells the lens which end of the focus range to search for your subject, for faster performance and shorter seek time. Once you've set the focus, use the lock button to keep it right where you want it. There is also no rotation on the focus ring in autofocus (AF) mode.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" (20 cm)
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.36 x 2.80" (6 x 7.1 cm)
Weight 10.41 oz (295 g)
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (12)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Consistent output (8)
    • Easily interchangeable (8)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro photography (6)
      • Night photography (6)
      • General purpose (5)
      • Low light (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (5), Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      An oldie revamped

      This 50mm f2.8 Macro lens hasn't changed internally since the Minolta Rokkor days but it doesn't need to. It has been dragged into the new 'Sony age' by redesigning the looks and it...Read complete review

      This 50mm f2.8 Macro lens hasn't changed internally since the Minolta Rokkor days but it doesn't need to. It has been dragged into the new 'Sony age' by redesigning the looks and it sits well, visually, amongst the other Sony gear. What is indisputable is the easy of use, amazing sharpness and lack of stray light affecting the shots. This is a superb lens and value for money is exceptional. B+H's website also suggested a UV filter and a snap on lens hood for it but in reality you don't need either. The glass is so far recessed into the construction of the lens that stray light is not a problem and the filter will detract from the sharpness. I'd only put it on when using the lens in adverse weather conditions.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Still undecided

      I purchased this as a compromise. Sony also makes 30 mm and 100 mm macro lenses. I chose the 50 mm because it was in the middle in terms of price and close-focusing...Read complete review

      I purchased this as a compromise. Sony also makes 30 mm and 100 mm macro lenses. I chose the 50 mm because it was in the middle in terms of price and close-focusing distance.

      I have played with the lens for a week under less than optimum conditions. I am thinking about switching it for 100 mm lens but am deterred by the added weight of the longer lens.

      Ideally, I would prefer a macro lens that opens a little wider and is a little sharper. Not sure if such a creature exists in my price range.

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      3.0

      Still undecided

      By Hopeful Hal

      from Santa Fe, N.M.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not As Sharp As I Wanted

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

      I purchased this as a compromise. Sony also makes 30 mm and 100 mm macro lenses. I chose the 50 mm because it was in the middle in terms of price and close-focusing distance.

      I have played with the lens for a week under less than optimum conditions. I am thinking about switching it for 100 mm lens but am deterred by the added weight of the longer lens.

      Ideally, I would prefer a macro lens that opens a little wider and is a little sharper. Not sure if such a creature exists in my price range.

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      • No

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      An oldie revamped

      By Blues_junkie

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Sharpness

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

        This 50mm f2.8 Macro lens hasn't changed internally since the Minolta Rokkor days but it doesn't need to. It has been dragged into the new 'Sony age' by redesigning the looks and it sits well, visually, amongst the other Sony gear. What is indisputable is the easy of use, amazing sharpness and lack of stray light affecting the shots. This is a superb lens and value for money is exceptional. B+H's website also suggested a UV filter and a snap on lens hood for it but in reality you don't need either. The glass is so far recessed into the construction of the lens that stray light is not a problem and the filter will detract from the sharpness. I'd only put it on when using the lens in adverse weather conditions.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sharp images mediocre build quality

        By agnes

        from Boulder, Co

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Delivers Excellent Images
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Plastic build

        Best Uses

        • Catalog Work
        • Copywork

        Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

        I use this lens to shoot small items for catalogs and for copy work with a Sony a900.
        Performance is excellent, delivering sharp images with great depth of field in macro at f16-32

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sony is moving the Professional Market

        By Densick

        from Rural Georgia

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

          I am a professional photographer, illustrator and graphic designer. I use this lens for small products, in fact, as more and more nano technology enters the market the need to get in close is a growing demand in my market and thus beating out the amature point and shot competition. This lens produces sharp results - and seems equivelant to the Nikkor Macro series of lenses. There is nothing that I dislike about this lens - it fulfills the need and feeds well into the digital demands where by I am able to exceed film. Can not wait for SONY to bring out their 30+ mega pixel replacement to the a900. I understand their chip is already in the Nikon D800 as rumor has it, maybe some of you know for sure - I'm often to busy these days to stay on top of the latest technology - but moving over to SONY was slow in coming - but I am glad I did. Of course I have more maga pixels as a goal, but that is slower in coming as well. Waiting for the prices to reach that clearance level is enough agony as well. But when it comes to product photography and Photoshop I can turn my SONY a900 along with stitching six shots together in Photoshop - well I've turned that 24.6 mega pixel camera into a well over 100 mega pixel rendering of a product. Thanks SONY - keep up the good work - and let Zeiss do more lenses for you. OH and don't let me forget to say this B&H is the best resource of equipment and supplies, very helpful folks when I call to quiz them - patient and understanding as well. Living out in the boonies web shopping is a must.

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          • No
          • Similar:
          • Nikkor 55mm Macro

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          5.0

          Excellent lens, sharp,fast,& quiet.

          By Fred

          from boston

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

            portrait and macro photos

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            • No

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Portable Macro Does Double Duty

            By Thomas Brand

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

            If you are like me you like to walk around as a tourist, or in your own backyard, with a single lens and try make the most of it. Often the lens you select will be a normal zoom in an attempt to cover more of your bases. You long for the light weight and small size of a prime, but fear you might be missing something if you only carry a 50mm.Enter the 50mm 2.8 Macro!On a Full size body is is your standard walk around normal that allows you to take it as close to that action as you can get, even up to 1:1. This lens has allowed me to capture more Macro shots by the very fact it is always with me. Instead of leaving the larger short telephoto dedicated macro at home I can carry around this little guy that is more suitable for street photography with its normal focal length.Perfectly sharp, light and compact, the only thing missing is a nicer build quality and internal focusing design. (I am looking at the excellent Nikon 60mm AFS when I say this.) Don't get me wrong, this lens is a champ, it could just be built a little better given the [$] price tag.

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            5.0

            fast lens

            By Guillaume

            from Geneva, Switzerland

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

              I bought this lens primarily to use its macro capabilities with an old "copy slide attachment" by Nikon (the es-1), with the purpose of doing a quick and dirty "scan" of thousand of old slides.

              Seeing the magnitude of the project, I did not have time yet to test the lens in any other use than copying slides (roughly macro 1:1.5). For this, it works superbly. The focus limiter is a nice feature, and the autofocus worked well for all but a few slides, but seeing these were shot in extreme fog, I cannot blame the lens...

              From what I see, all the macro shots are sharp at f8.0.

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              4.0

              Bought It, Like It, May Not Have Need It

              By Harris

              from New Smyrna Beach, FL

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Sharp Focus

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Available Light Close-ups
                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                I appraise personal property and often have to take close up photos in poorly lit environments where a flash may not be permitted. I recently purchased a Sony A-330 with an 18-55mm standard lens to replace a Nikon Coolpix 5400 that I had been using. I found that the Sony with the standard lens would not autofocus close enough to be effective for the macro photography that I required. Hence the 50mm macro lens. Fiddling around with the macro lens, I found that in order to get good close ups I had to use the manual focus mode. When I used the manual focus mode, the standard lens produced acceptable results as well. That said, the 50mm macro lens is noticeably sharper than the zoom lens and will produce better results in a museum environment. It will also, because of the shorter depth of field, provide better portraits in my time off. If I had to do over again I might have waited for the 30mm macro and used it as my normal lens. I docked the rating one star because the focusing ring is awkwardly located at the front of the lens, and the lens cap does not have provision for a leash.

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                5.0

                Definately worth the money

                By Photon Recorder

                from Shelton, CT

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Average construction
                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Quick Focus
                • Sharp Focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                  This lens is quite usable wide open and really nice and sharp when you stop it down a little.
                  My two minor beefs are: 1. It's an external focusing lens which can be a slight inconvienience when using it in the macro mode.
                  2. It's not supplied with a lens hood because the lens is sunken into the front of the barrel but, when you put a filter on (and who doesn't at least use a UV for lens protection) the effect of the sunken front element is negated.
                  Both of these problems are minor, and can be worked around. The optics are great and I have no propblem recomending this lens. If you're going to use filters I would recomend buying a 55mm colapsable rubber lens hood to screw into the filter.

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                  5.0

                  50 mm macro (sony)

                  By mpflies2

                  from Gloucester, VA

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Great color
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sharp Focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portrait

                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                    I love this lens. Super sharp, and great colors. Does very well in low-light.

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                    4.0

                    Sharp but AF sometimes difficult

                    By John Marelius

                    from Uppsala, Sweden

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Rugged
                    • Sharp Focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                      Very sharp - this is another world compared to the zoom lenses with macro function I was used to.
                      Auto-focus is sometimes problematic, hunts in and out and sometimes does not lock at all. Focus limiter swich is useful to reduce this problem.
                      Much more compact than the 70/90/100 etc macro lenses and more versatile, great also for landscapes etc.

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      excellent product

                      By Dr. Dave

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Sharp Focus

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                          easy to use, very versatile lens.
                          stunning macro images.

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                          4.0

                          Just what I needed

                          By Eric Lepke

                          from Deep South

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Sharp Focus
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Special Effects

                            Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                            As a photography student I've been tasked with assignments requiring a lens with close up capability and a wide aperture. So far I've experimented with shots of flowers and jewelery. The clarity and detail I've achieved with varying light conditions convinces me I'll do fine with my intended end use of detail shots of small equipment and mechanical parts for instructional purposes in business. No real downside to this lens, although it's obvious I have not yet tapped it's full potential. I expect that to come as I learn more.

                              • Similar:
                              • Sony SAL75300, Sony SAL1870

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice lens

                              By Gphoto

                              from AR

                              Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                              Great lens with superb image quality. The clarity and sharpness are great. The external focusing is bothersome when trying to shoot extreme macro.

                              Expertise: Semi Pro - College level

                              Items I Recommend: Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod

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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Sony 50mm macro

                              By Richachrome

                              from US

                              Comments about Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens:

                              I have owned the Minolta maxxum 50mm 2.8 macro. The Sony is the same lens, so a review of one is a review of the other. I also own other top (and expensive) maxxum lenses. The quality of this lens is amazing. And the optical imaging is just fantastic. On slow slide film (fuji astia 100f) the resolution, sharpness, contrast, and color fidelity are simply shocking. Optically, it is the best lens I own and on the Sony a100 would give a view that would be given by a 75mm focal length on a film maxxum. The lenses I have compared it to include: Tamron 90mm Macro, Sigma 105mm macro, maxxum 100mm macro, Vivitar 100mm macro, and maxxum STF 135mm. That being said, all of the lenses perform extremely well.

                              Problems Encountered: I dropped it on the floor.

                              Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Tamron macro, Sigma macro, Vivitar macro, maxxum macro

                              Items I Recommend: Protective filter

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