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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver)

You Pay: $298.00
Product Highlights
  • Sony E-Mount
  • 75mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • Circular Aperture Design
  • Aluminum Alloy Lens Barrel

The silver Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens is a prime portrait-length lens featuring a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 75mm. The lens has a lightweight and compact design with an aluminum alloy lens barrel and engraved focusing ring to provide greater handling as well as an aesthetic appearance. Greatly benefitting handheld usage with this lens is Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps to support use in low-light conditions.

A linear autofocus motor is incorporated into the lens design to provide smooth, quiet performance and a stepping motor is employed to deliver quiet aperture actuation that is well-suited to video applications. For refined control over focus, Direct Manual Focus (DMF) is supported, which enables manual fine-tuning of focus when in AF mode to enhance working with selective focus imagery. Also contributing to shallow depth of field applications is a seven-blade circular aperture that provides a smooth quality to out-of-focus backgrounds.

Prime portrait-length lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 75mm.
Large, bright f/1.8 maximum aperture is well-suited for use in low-light conditions and for shallow depth of field imagery.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed steps to benefit shooting handheld in dim lighting and with greater zoom magnifications.
Linear autofocus motor and stepping aperture actuation control provide smooth and silent performance that is especially beneficial to video applications.
Direct Manual Focus (DMF) permits fine-tuning of focus manually while working in autofocus modes.
Aluminum alloy lens barrel is both lightweight and elegant in appearance.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Comparable 35mm Focal Length: 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony (E Mount for NEX)
Format Compatibility APS-C
Angle of View 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.28' (39 cm)
Magnification 0.16x
Elements/Groups 9/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.44" (62 x 62 mm)
Weight 7.13 oz (202 g)
Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH116 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyE 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 114 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (87)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (67)
    • Nice bokeh (62)
    • Easily interchangeable (51)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (42)
    • Durable (39)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (9)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (62)
    • Night photography (34)
    • Video (32)
    • Landscape/scenery (31)
    • Weddings (30)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (11), Semi-professional (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (96), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A must have for the NEX E-mount system!

    After a sour experience with the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens, I returned it and purchased this Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens. As expected the field of view is a bit tighter, being...Read complete review

    After a sour experience with the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens, I returned it and purchased this Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens. As expected the field of view is a bit tighter, being in the early telephoto range. With that said it is still very usable indoors as a slightly long, "normal" lens. You will have to sometimes back up slightly more than you would need with either the 18-55mm zoom or the 30mm offerings, but Sony's O.S.S (Image Stabilization) system works wonders. After using this lens for a few days I started to think how amazing it would be if Canon and Nikon offered IS in their primes such as the 50mm and 85mm offerings. It opens up some interesting possibilities.

    Right from the get go I noticed this lens focuses faster than the 18-55mm zoom set to the long end. Obviously it doesn't focus fast like a phase detection DSLR, but it is definitely useable. You will notice some issues when focusing in lower light, but this is a common occurrence with any lens and AF in low light. This is very welcome as that was one of the only areas I missed my DSLR when using the 5N.

    Finally I want to point out the fast aperture on this lens is excellent, providing you wonderful out of focus bits in your images (bokeh). Set to f/1.8 you get a very thin depth of field which can be used to isolate a subject or aspect of the image very well.

    This is by far the best lens out there for this Sony system and don't be deterred by the focal length, it works just find as a everyday lens as long as you are willing to work with it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Meh

    Lens is sharp and fast enough and the VR is great. The reason I'm giving it three stars is the speed of the auto focus. Too slow. And if its starts hunting, forget...Read complete review

    Lens is sharp and fast enough and the VR is great. The reason I'm giving it three stars is the speed of the auto focus. Too slow. And if its starts hunting, forget about it!!!

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    5.0

    Amazingly sharp on a Sony a6000

    By exceptionaleye

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Everything Capturable
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

        Very high quality images using this lens stopped down to f4.0 or so even in low light I am getting some amazingly sharp images.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great lens

        By cash512

        from austin, TX

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits
          • Smooth Zoom
          • Traveling

          Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

          This is a great start into the ILC-6000 that I have. It's shooting around 75mm which is great for portraits. The bokeh is great, it's fast at 1.8. It's so light that OSS is not really needed but it's handy to have. I use it as a take around everywhere lens. I got it for $ but even at $ it's a no brainer. No kidding if you have a kit lens forget the zoom you have and get a nice prime.

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          • No

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          5.0

          high quality lens.

          By max

          from queens

          Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

          Great primary lens at a great price.

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          5.0

          Excellent speed, sharp photo

          By sFenX

          from Ankara

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

            5 star deserves a great lens. A big plus for the choice of portrait painting.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Love it

            By Sebastian

            from US

            Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

            I'm new to Sony and mirrorless cameras. I bought the Sony Alpha a6000 and this lens on Black Friday and it's one of the best camera choices I've made. I use this lens the most out of my three for it (a kit, and telephoto). This takes great portraits and low light photos with the wide aperture. I recommend this.

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            5.0

            Nice shutter speed and sharpness.

            By Sony A6000 User

            from Virginia

            Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

            Nice picture quality for the price. Way faster indoor continuous picture mode. Sometimes you need to backup when taking pictures of things close to you to get it in the frame. I bought it for a Sony a6000 to take indoor shots primarily.

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            5.0

            Great product

            By Albert

            from NYC

            Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

            Im happy I bought this from B&H. Fast shipment and good customer service.

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            4.0

            Good lens at a reasonable price.

            By Misc59

            from Toronto

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

              Bought this lens for my A6000 as the E-mount lens catalog is relatively limited...unless you are willing to move up to the Zeiss lenses and mount them on a APS-C camera?The lens is reasonably sharp and on par with other 50mm lenses from Nikon/Canon and works well on the A6000.Its f1.8 aperature is a bonus for both depth of field and low light shooting.The OSS works very well and enhances the use of this lens very much.Overall its hard to get too excited about the lens as its construction, performance and price is mainstream and without it...given whats available...I would not have bought the camera.

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              3.0

              f/1.8 but not always sharp.

              By CJ

              from St. Paul, Mn

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                I bought this lens because of the wide apature. Trouble is, close up shots aren't very sharp... only a small part of the photo if you're lucky. I read about this, so I knew what I was getting. I just have to shoot a smaller apature and raise the ISO. My camera is the Sony a6000.

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                4.0

                Fantastic lens for portraits

                By Living Easy

                from Oakland, CA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Slow AF

                Best Uses

                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                I am a photo enthusiast that recently purchased Sony's practical and affordable a6000. This fantastic lens produces sharp images. My only critique so far is that the AF hunts. A lot. I've only used the kit lens, which never hunted.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By Dustin

                from SLO, CA

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                  One of the first lenses I'd recommend to buy. The OSS is great for video and just a really great portrait lens. Focusing is quick and easy.

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                  5.0

                  My new go to lens

                  By scunnered

                  from Seattle

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Smooth operation

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

                    I bought this lens to attend a family members wedding. I was really surprised by the quality, clarity and vibrance of the shots. I have other multi use lenses for my Nex5, but the E50lens will be my go to from now on. Using the camera zoom to the max their was no detectable distortion and I now prefer this to the E3.5-5.6. I have nothing negative to comment,any amateur would be hard pressed to find a reason not to like this lens

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                    5.0

                    Absolutamente perfecto!

                    By Jsrking

                    from Panamá

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Ninguno
                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

                    Prefiero comenzar aclarando que soy un aficionado de la fotografía, leo y practico por mi cuenta, veo muchos vídeos en Internet y nunca pensé que necesitaría un lente primo o "prime lens" Luego de mucho leer me decidí a comprar el 50mm F1.8 primo para mi Nex-5T (Planeo poner comentarios pronto de ella también) Es la mejor decisión que he tomado! Se ha convertido en mi mejor arma! Es excepcional para retratos, paisajes, para todo! El bokeh es mágico, el enfoque perfecto. No tengo absolutamente ninguna queja. Es un lente hermoso, muy bien fabricado. Lo recomiendo totalmente.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome lens!

                    By McDaniels_HAU

                    from Texas

                    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                    I love this lens. It's superfast. Bokeh is fantastic. I highly recommend. Great value.

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                    4.0

                    Great value!

                    By Wouter

                    from New York

                    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                    Best for portraits and candids. Solid in low light. AF works well. Really nice lens for the price!

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                    5.0

                    Love it.

                    By shakamom

                    from New Port Richey, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Macro Photography

                      Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                      Great all purpose lens. Was recommended by my photography instructor.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice fast lens

                      By Rufus

                      from Conyers, GA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                        This is a good lens for taking portraits of people and shots of distant scenes with a Sony alpha-series camera with an APS-C sensor.

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                        5.0

                        Stellar image quality

                        By Holofernes

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • High contrast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Nice Bokeh
                        • Sharp
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                          I use this lens with a NEX-6 for walk-around urban photography. It has the best IQ of any lens I've used on the NEX-6---significantly sharper than any of the standard Sony zooms. However, I have not compared it with the Zeiss primes, which cost far more. It has stabilization and silent focusing, and is solidly built, considering the modest weight.

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                          5.0

                          Really great lens

                          By Sam

                          from Philadelphia PA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Video

                            Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                            Starting out in SLR/mirrorless photography, I got a Sony NEX and the 19 and 30 mm Sigma lenses. This is a great addition to those, and includes stabilization and an extra stop or two for low lighting situations. I've already gotten some incredible shots in the first week.

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                            4.0

                            Nice lens. Not just for portraits.

                            By Flo

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

                                Nice portrait lens. Maybe a little slower to auto-focus than the 35mm but not too bad. Very shallow depth-of-field possible. Good construction for this format and price.

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