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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 104 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (64)
    • Nice bokeh (62)
    • Easily interchangeable (51)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (42)
    • Strong construction (38)

    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 (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (91), Yes (3)

    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

    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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      • No

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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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        • No

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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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                    5.0

                    Great portrait lens

                    By DDNYC

                    from New York

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

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

                      I use this lens strictly for portraits and it is excellent. I tested it out last week in very low lighting and it blew me away! I was thrilled with the quality I was able to capture with such low light. It's also lightweight and fast.

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                      5.0

                      very good

                      By Jacky

                      from min ye, NC

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

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

                        It is really good for portrait shotting! Very good lens for sony a6000~

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        A nice portrait lens

                        By DigitalLarry

                        from Ocala, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          A nice portrait lens. I use it on the A6000, and it has great bokeh. Better than spending $1000 for a CZ lens that has little improvement to show for the cost.

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                          4.0

                          5 star for photos and 3 star for video

                          By Ray Lee

                          from NJ,NY, PA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Manual Focus Issues

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Photography
                          • Video But Issues
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Love this little guy, sharp contrasty awesome having OS but for video (manual focus video) its tuff... the focus is not consistent, if you turn the ring fast a quarter turn it lands in a different spot than if you did the same quarter turn slow..... so say rack focus between 2 people back and forth is just not possible without hunting a bit each time (can't turn back and forth same distance with the ring, depending on the speed you turn its going to land in a different spot ALWAYS

                          Great lens, good price only limited by the wonky manual focus

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Daily Driver

                          By Steve

                          from Utah

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

                          This is the lens that is on my camera most of the time. It's been a joy to use. As I'm new to shooting with this type of camera, the amazing photos I'm getting with this lens and camera combo might just be average to a pro. However, I have no qualms recommending this lens to someone upgrading from a point and shoot. With it we've taken photos we love to look at.

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                          5.0

                          excellent

                          By sem132

                          from Almaty,KZ

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Very sharp, good for portraits ,50mm no problem for use in different situations of shooting. Excellent price / quality ratio.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Sharp, and sees like a cat!

                            By Rich

                            from Barton, VT

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              This lens is great for portraits, and low light theater photography! I find that I get quick focus and accurate exposure while following moving actors again a black background. Thank you, Sony!

                              My only concern is that the easy to attach / detach lens hood may be dislodged at an inappropriate time.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Awesome way to start photographing.

                              By Ernesto

                              from Austin, Tx

                              About Me Getting Started

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits

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

                                Great lens. This is actually my first lens that i bought separately and I'm loving it.

                                Great way to star shooting portraits!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Love it

                                By wserbia

                                from Alameda, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                                  Great performance for under $300. Sharp and punchy pics with smooth bokeh using a Sony a6000 camera.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Depth

                                  By JP Video

                                  from Indiana

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

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

                                    I bought this lens for my Sony NEX-EA50UH Camcorder the 18-200mm Servo Zoom Lens has been more than disappointing. However, the camera itself is great especially with this lens. Very shallow depth of field, and still have full use the aperture and stabilization. Granted this lens is primarily used for interviews it's still useful for other shots. It also has a great build quality. I give this lens 4 thumbs up!

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