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

(based on 149 reviews)

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    (95)

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    (47)

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    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (108)
  • Easily interchangeable (85)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (83)
  • Consistent output (76)
  • Nice bokeh (60)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (98)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Night photography (50)
  • Landscape/scenery (29)
  • Macro photography (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (63), Semi-pro photographer (31), Casual photographer (28), Photography student (6), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90), 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

Compact and bright

By ApyhP

from Fargo, ND

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I use it on my SLT-A65. It is quite compact and very fast to focus as well. Although I have zooms that work in the same range they are not f1.8 and they are not light or bright as this one. This lens has very few shortcomings that does affect it's functionality. They include, (1) it is plastic light, (2) The focusing ring is not well demarcated, and (3) Canon and Nikon make similar 50mm (eg: Nikon 50/1.8D - $ on BH) that is a bit heavier but works as well as this lens or are even sharper and at the same price point or less they are full frame as well. In case in the future you will move to a full frame camera this lens would have served it's purpose. All the same this lens does what it is supposed to and I am more than satisfied with the job it does.

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    5.0

    Great Prime Lens

    By Frozen Alaska Blonde

    from Alaska

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      I love the clarity of this lens! Nice lens to add to your collection.

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      4.0

      Good value

      By Garfield

      from Puyalup, WA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None yet

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography
      • Night Photography

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

      I bought this lens so I could get more depth-of-field over the 18-50mm lens that came with the camera, which was also only F5.6. It takes good low-light pics and does improve depth of field. Next purchase should be a 300mm telephoto.

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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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        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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          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

          Verified Reviewer

          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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              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

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              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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                  5.0

                  Very nice lens.

                  By Freddy

                  from Littlerock, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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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