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Sony50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
 
4.6

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (94)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (105)
  • Easily interchangeable (82)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (80)
  • Consistent output (73)
  • Nice bokeh (59)

Cons

  • Weak casing (18)
  • Slow focus (16)
  • Plastic construction (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (96)
  • Weddings (58)
  • Night photography (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (27)
  • Macro photography (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (62), Semi-pro photographer (30), Casual photographer (27), Photography student (6), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (87), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Performs like a $[$]lens!

Perfect for portrait photography and closer shots (not macro)
This lens is great at blurring out backgrounds. See attached photo example.

I use this lens with my Sony a77
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Perfect for portrait photography and closer shots (not macro)
This lens is great at blurring out backgrounds. See attached photo example.

I use this lens with my Sony a77

Would HIGHLY recommend. Best value hands down.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

One of my favorite lenses

Use for low light shots indoors. Also use for people pictures. After getting used to the lens, I can blur the background out by setting to f/1.8. Tried using outdoors, but...Read complete review

Use for low light shots indoors. Also use for people pictures. After getting used to the lens, I can blur the background out by setting to f/1.8. Tried using outdoors, but lens is not ideal for scenery: too narrow field of view. Also when outdoors and using a circular polarizer, the sun easily catches the filter and may ruin the shot. Needs a lens hood of some kind, one that will cover the filter. Another annoyance is that you must set the circular polarizer after focusing, since that part of the lens rotates when focusing.
Pictures are sharp and clear.

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4.0

Great color and sharper images!

By Trill Photography

from Houston, TX

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Slow Focus
  • Weak Casing

Best Uses

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

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

I purchased this as my 2nd lens and it is wonderful! The picture quality is much more vivid and the f/1.8 allows my images to Pop! Usage is mainly for portraits and outdoor shots. It's a really good addition to your arsenal especially for the price. I gave it 4 stars only because of the plastic build. But other than that, this is a must have!

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5.0

small but powerful lense

By Jun the professor

from Ann Arbor, MI

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    this lens is awesome!
    it is very useful for daily photo shooting.
    I can take photos in low light, making photos more natural!
    Above all, this lens is inexpensive!!
    I love it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Light, sharp, bright & very inexpensive

    By Sam

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Low Price
    • Modern Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Renaissance Fairs
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I bought this lens for my Sony a65 so that I could take candid closeup shots of the actors at the local renaissance fair. On the a65 it makes for a powerful but compact 24 megapixel that will work well photographing people in motion in the shady light that covers much of the fair. Size-wise it fits very nicely on the smaller body of the a65, though I'll no doubt use it on my a77 as well eventually. Combining all this with the in-camera stabilization of the Sony cameras provides a level of image quality that is unrivaled by the other camera companies, in my opinion.

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      • No

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      5.0

      New Favorite Lens!

      By Kimbodinii

      from Gurnee, IL

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Filter Size

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      This lens is awesome. I use it for pretty much everything now. It's fast, sharp and smooth. I'm not huge on the filters being 49 mm since most of the ones I have are 55 mm but it's no biggie. I was a little weary at first seeing how it was on the lower spectrum for prices, but I don't regret the purchase one bit! It does everything it says and more!

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      5.0

      A great little lens

      By JCFrost2240

      from Virginia Beach, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Good depth of field
      • Sharp photos

      Cons

      • A Little Noisy
      • made of plastic
      • Not rugged

      Best Uses

      • Head-shots
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I use this lens when I want to take photos with a sharp debth-of-field for things like portraits. It does a pretty good job and I have been rather impressed with the clarity this lens provides.

      The auto-focus is a little noisy, but I can live with that.

      All in all, a GREAT value for your money.

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      5.0

      EXCELENT!

      By TV Spot 3D

      from Mexico City

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Video

        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

        Incredible and Nice Lens
        Perfect for lo light and fast speed photos.

        Light an compact.

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        5.0

        Nice lens

        By Trish

        from wisconsin

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          Very clear very nice love it!!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens.... Will use a lot!!!

          By Trish

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          Best lens for lower light.

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          5.0

          Great lens for the price!

          By Beangrl

          from Pennsylvania

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          I found this lens to be a great buy for the money.

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          4.0

          Good Lens for the price

          By Flyin7

          from Gillette, Wy

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Hard To Use Manual Focus

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Portrait

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          Good lens for the price and produces good images. I use it mainly for doing portraits of my family. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the fact that the focus ring is not easy to find or use.

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          5.0

          A Must For Shooting Oil Paintings

          By Brian the Artist

          from Fredericksburg, VA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Artwork Photography
            • Indoors/Low Light

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

            Very easy to use. Excellent results for photography of oil paintings without any additional manipulation in an image editing program.

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            5.0

            Awesome Lens!

            By SRJ

            from Portage, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

              I love this lens. Very good in well-lit rooms but also not bad in low-light.Bokeh effect is great!I have not taken it off of my camera since Christmas.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Very nice lens.

              By Freddy

              from Littlerock, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                I can shoot in ISO 100 hand held in pretty low light on my Sony A200. I don't have to use flash most of the time. I love this lens!

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                4.0

                Clear Winner

                By Robert

                from Pittsburgh, PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Cheap
                • Plastic

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                I use this lens for portraits at weddings and family sessions.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Boom

                By Brady

                from Jersey Shore

                Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                This lens has brought another dynamic to my photography. The aperture 1.8 can help set a mood and feeling a higher aperture just can not.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Nortonpics

                from Union City, Michigan

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                  Close up portraits.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Nice lens

                  By Nortonpics

                  from Union City, Michigan

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    I really like this lens for portraits. It's great at blurry out any background that you might not want.

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                    5.0

                    Fastastic

                    By danielcampos15

                    from Campinas, Brazil

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    This is woking percet with mu Sony Alpha A330. This lens are so useful and have a really good blur.

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                    5.0

                    Love!

                    By CapturedByCiara

                    from Greensboro NC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                      I had an old 50mm f1.4 and it took terrible foggy pictures on my digital camera, so instead of getting another used lens (and I was on a budget) I bought this, and it was a GREAT decision.

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                      5.0

                      Performs like a $[$]lens!

                      By Jessica

                      from VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                        Perfect for portrait photography and closer shots (not macro)
                        This lens is great at blurring out backgrounds. See attached photo example.

                        I use this lens with my Sony a77

                        Would HIGHLY recommend. Best value hands down.

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                        • No

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