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

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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 98 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (75)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (61)
    • Lightweight (60)
    • Easily interchangeable (50)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (41)
    • Strong construction (38)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (9)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (61)
    • Night photography (34)
    • Video (32)
    • Landscape/scenery (31)
    • Weddings (30)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (10), Semi-professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (87), 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

     

    Surprizingly Good

    I bought this for my fs700, not expecting much, but the lens is actually not too bad. My only problem is the focus ring keeps spinning as apposed to a proper lens, But...Read complete review

    I bought this for my fs700, not expecting much, but the lens is actually not too bad. My only problem is the focus ring keeps spinning as apposed to a proper lens, But otherwise, not too bad.

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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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                    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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                      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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                        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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                          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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                            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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                              5.0

                              Great Lense!

                              By Bob M

                              from New Jersey

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

                              Very happy with the purchase of this lense. Fast autofocus, great lowlight performance on my NEX-6 for stills and video.

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                              5.0

                              Ultra sharp!

                              By Jordanalf

                              from Costa Mesa ca.

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

                              I've had this lens mounted on my nex 7 system and besides zeiss lenses is the sharpest that's been on my camera. The bokeh is beautiful. Amazing for portraits.

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                              5.0

                              I am a big fan of this lens

                              By Trace

                              from Oklahoma City

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Tough To Attach

                              Best Uses

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

                                I love a good 50 mm lens and this one does not fail.

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                                4.0

                                Great quality

                                By Hoffdogger

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video

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

                                  This lens is incredibly sharp with minimal vignetting, distortion, etc. It is an excellent addition to my bag, especially for how little room it requires, not to mention the VERY reasonable price tag. I am very happy with it.

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                                  5.0

                                  NEX essential

                                  By Red Eye Entertainment

                                  from Salt Lake City, UT

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Concert
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio

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

                                    I've had this lens for over a year, and it has served me very well. I tend to use this in manual mode because the autofocus on my NEX5n isn't great, but even without Sony's peaking mode this is very easy to focus. I tend to keep the peaking off because it's too distracting, and easier to focus without it. The focus ring is smooth and very capable of nice feathered adjustments even in video. And the image quality is great, I just don't get bad results with this lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    Really nice Lens for the price.

                                    By Mike H

                                    from Philadelphia, PA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Video
                                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                                      Bought this lens as a fixed focus to shoot different shots. Much better than I hoped for. Added a B+W UV filter for protection and so far my shots have come out great. My first fixed focus so I am still getting used to moving the camera instead of using the zoom. Pictures are crisp and clear on my Sony Nex-6 still working on taking some low light pictures to see how well it works. Tried out the lens hood and it made a noticeable difference in some of my shots reducing the glare from the bright sunlight.

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