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SonyE 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 188 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (101)
  • Nice bokeh (96)
  • Easily interchangeable (76)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (73)
  • Consistent output (58)

Cons

  • Slow focus (13)

Best Uses

  • Low light (94)
  • Weddings (48)
  • Night photography (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Video (41)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (68), Semi-pro photographer (23), Casual photographer (20), Pro photographer (16), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (147), Yes (4)

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

A must have

By Anthony

from Miami, FL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

I read pretty much every single review on this, if you have an a6000 or a6300. This lens is a must have for this camera, also the price just drop to 248 which was a major plus for me to get.

Lens is really sharp and that oss helps out alot too

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  • No

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5.0

A great fit.

By Scott

from Valparaiso, IN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Nice lightweight prime f/1.8 lens that you can put in your pocket.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very Sharp Lens

    By Ryan

    from Irvine, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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

      This lens is very sharp and great for portraits. It's got good subject isolation and works well in low light. It could be a bit tight indoors if you're trying to shoot more than one person or object.

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By GerryS from NJ

      from wayne, NJ

      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
        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        I bought this lens for my new A6300 and I have no regrets whatsoever. Its great in low light situations. indoors at ISO 6400 the pictures of my grandkids are sharp and bright. Outdoors is no exception. Its sturdy, well built, and and comes with a lens hood. I removed my kit lens in favor of this and its on most of the time. As others have mentioned, you do need to back ip a little for portraits, but so what! Id purchase this again and again. With a 1.8 apature 50mm, its the best in my opinion for my needs and the price won't break your bank . Oh, did I mention the bokeh? : just a beautiful blurry background

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        5.0

        Great lens for the price

        By Eric

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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

        This lens is great for portraits and it works well indoors in lower light situations. Its effective focal length of 75mm makes it a short telephoto lens, and one should be aware of that. I thought it might also be good for close in food photography, but it only works for that if you get up from the table or want to capture what the people at the table next to you are eating!

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        5.0

        Great lens for the price

        By Jim

        from Philadelphia

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I'm a beginning photographer looking to expand my lens arsenal. So far I've been very happy with the lens' performance. Super crisp shots, great bokeh, fast focusing and going down to 1.8 really allows you to shoot well in low light. I'm shooting it on an a6000 and really have been very happy with the shots I'm getting on it. Since it's a crop sensor lens, the 50 is really like a 75 so it's tough shooting indoors where you can't back up a lot to get the shot you might need. But that's really my only complaint, and that's not really anything to do with the lens, just a heads up. Very happy with the purchase.

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          5.0

          Love it!!

          By Ash

          from Los Angeles

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

          Fantastic customer service and amazing lens!!! I called and spoke w a representative and they were more than helpful.
          Extremely happy w my order and service

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          5.0

          Love it!!!

          By Ash

          from Los Angeles

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

          Have had this lens for a short period but wow it's amazing!! First off it was delivered [*] faster that lighting, secondly the packaging was immaculate, and thirdly I spoke w customer service while our purchasing to as a few questions and they were more than helpful. Love the lens and very happy w my order

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          5.0

          Sharp and Fast

          By Elias

          from Massachusetts

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

          It's a little long for APS-C but it's so good you learn to work around that. A wonderful addition to our line up (shooting weddings and portraits).

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          4.0

          Very good lens, and hard to beat for the price

          By escapewheel

          from South Florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Considering the price of this lens, any complaints I have are forgivable. The center is super sharp at f1.8, most of the frame by 2.8, and corner to corner at f4. Autofocus is usually very quick and completely silent; only in very low light can it struggle to find focus quickly. Image stabilization works well... I'm able to get clean images easily at 1/10 second handheld. The finish of the body is kind of prone to scratches and scuffs. Finally, although I'm not a bokeholic, the bokeh this lens produces really is nice. Now I just wish Sony would produce some reasonably priced full frame primes!

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              5.0

              What a great lens

              By Elyas

              from New York

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

              I bought this for my brother based on his professor suggestion. It is really great. He loves how this lens is so clear and give a great DOF whenever he wanted. It's a must have lens for mirrorless camera

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Berti

              from New york

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

              Solid, very good lux, fantastic for portrait

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              5.0

              Meets expectations.

              By TRP

              from Georgia

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

              Great portrait lens for Sony A6000, easy to get soft boken background with this fast lens.

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              5.0

              must have prime

              By alex valenzuela

              from riverside ca

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

              What a great adition to the gear, the bokeh is smooth as butter, and an absolutely sharp shooter. This lense will always be by my side, and i also own the zeiss 55mm f/1.8 so do yourself a favor of your looking for a new prime for your nex6 or like me for my a6000 get this! Great deal!

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              5.0

              great for low light video

              By kevinyoki

              from Irvine, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Video

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

                I got this lens for my FS5 for a few reasons:
                -f1.8 takes in 4x+ more light than f4.0 (the stock)
                -needed continuous autofocus
                -OSS
                -prime

                All of which suit my run and gun style. And it performs as expected. The lens is much much smaller than anticipated, but I consider that a good thing because I like low-profile shooting. The OSS on this is excellent as well.

                Be aware that this lens (I assume all sony lenses are like this?) the focus ring is electronic not mechanical, which means true manual focus is not possible. e.g. you'll turn the ring half a millimeter and the focus won't change. Not really a big problem for me though. I have cine lenses for that.

                Another side note is that since f1.8 is really shallow dof, expect your autofocus to be confused a lot. A lot of times it'll be focused on the background instead of the subject, but once I get locked on (also face detection helps tons), the autofocus sticks.

                It comes with a neat lens hood that fits very snug in reverse.

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                4.0

                Nice solid lens

                By Bob

                from West Bath, Maine

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

                I have enjoyed taking portraits with this lens. It focuses well, is clear around the edges and pretty light.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great value

                By mapleleaf

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This is an amazing prime lens that delivers stunning image quality for a very decent price.

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                    5.0

                    Great value excellent lens

                    By Rim

                    from Arizona

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                      Rivals my AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.1:8G

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good prime lens

                      By Symv

                      from Hyattsville Maryland

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

                      Well built. Sharp photos w nice bokeh. Much cheaper than the Zeiss.

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Takes beautiful photos

                      By Alice

                      from Kansas City

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

                      After doing a lot of research, I decided to forgo getting the kit lense and chose this as my first lense to be used mainly for taking product photos. I've loved it so far! Takes very professional looking photos! My only complaint is that I thought I would be able to be a little closer to my subject...I believe that is my own novice error and don't blame the lense!

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