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SonyE 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver)
 
4.7

(based on 98 reviews)

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    (19)

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    (4)

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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

 

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

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

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              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

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                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

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                    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 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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

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                          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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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