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

(based on 173 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (134)

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    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (96)
  • Nice bokeh (90)
  • Easily interchangeable (71)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (68)
  • Consistent output (55)

Cons

  • Slow focus (13)

Best Uses

  • Low light (89)
  • Weddings (45)
  • Night photography (44)
  • Landscape/scenery (41)
  • Video (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (64), Semi-pro photographer (21), Casual photographer (18), Pro photographer (16), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (139), 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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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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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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      • No

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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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        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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        5.0

        Must have for NEX owners

        By szoom

        from Cape Coral FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

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

          If you are disappointed with indoor photos with your NEX 7, this lens will fix that.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Super sharp

          By Mayday

          from New York

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

          This is my go to lens right now, it is tack sharp and provides excellent DOF.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great lens for the price

          By Shamelessli

          from Redwood City, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            Straight to the point, this lens works great for portraits and close range landscape shots. The focusing works great and when im using my sony a6000 in manual mode, Im able to zoom in and get the exact point i want in focus rather easily.

            I would recommend this lens to the casual photographer and I would highly recommend choosing this lens of one of the kit options.

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            • No

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            4.0

            beauty

            By proshoot

            from virginia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I use this lens for still photos and video. It is beautiful at 1.8 and similar fast speeds. An amazing portrait lens or video for bokah

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great buy

              By SF. FAN

              from BOSTON, MA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

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

              For the money, you can't go wrong with it.
              I love it!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent for Museum Work

              By Alfred

              from Santa Monica, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                I can't fully separate the quality of the lens from that of the camera system as a whole. Ergonomically, the lens, paired with the Sony alpha 6000, makes for a compact and nicely balanced combination. I wanted a fast prime lens which, in combination with an APS-size sensor, would allow me to take excellent photographs in museums and similar indoor places where I could not use a tripod. This lens-camera pair has fully met my requirements.

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                4.0

                Impressed

                By SGLindo

                from Atlanta

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good value
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I shoot a lot of worship services and 50mm is typically the shortest focal length I use. This lens feels really well made and in keeping with Sony's idea of light weight it certainly delivers.

                    I'm not a pixel peeper, however, I do want a lens that will produce a sharp image. This lens does that and the images appear to be sharp throughout all the f stops and from edge to edge. I haven't noticed any distortion and chromatic aberration is at a minimum. The bokeh is good, the auto focus is quick.

                    I really don't have anything negative to say about it. It's an affordable lens worth having in your lineup.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect Lens

                    By eyeclick

                    from Arkansas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I was looking for a lens for a beginner and this is the best in my honest opinion.

                      I will definitely recommend this product to my friends.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderfully shallow depth of field.

                      By Java4Chip

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        Very happy to see what other reviewers have stated: very sharp focus, very small depth of field when wide open, thus very nice for portraits and other artistic use.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great, bright, lens for E mount APS-C

                        By cdub1855

                        from Oean Park, Wa.

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Probably get this or the 35mm as your first lens. I would honestly skip getting the kit 16-50 lens. Get the 50mm over the Sigma 60mm as it's brighter, 1.8 vs. 2.8, and it has OSS, built in stabilization. Yes, it's more but not that much for the benefits.This lens is very well reviewed on DXOMARK so sharpness is excellent across frame, distortion low. In fact this test almost as good as the 55mm Zeiss Sony lens that costs 4 times as much!! It is also really well built. Feels very high quality and solid. Smooth focus ring and very quiet auto focus.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing

                        By Angela

                        from Florida

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

                        Just what I was hoping for, an amazing lens to give my pictures that quality feel and have that beautiful bokeh! This and the kit lens that the a5100 camera comes with, are a great starter kit!

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                        5.0

                        awesome lens

                        By dave

                        from new jersey

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This lens is a must have if you own the sony A6000
                          or any of sony's mirrorless systems.
                          The pictures I've taken with this lens are awesome
                          sharpness is an understatement. I love it.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Happy so far

                          By TC

                          from Washington, DC

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

                          I purchased this lens with my Sony a6000. I am happy so far. The lens produces sharp images and is of a good focal range for my portraits.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Ideal lens for indoor portrait shots under natural light

                          By wind-gate

                          from Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Portraits

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

                            I was looking for a reasonably priced lens for portrait photos with a wide aperture for indoor shots without the need for a flash. I could not be more pleased with this lens. Clarity is excellent while providing beautiful bokeh. This lens is also well-balanced for the Sony A6000.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Amazing lens for the money

                            By Jimmy Hansen Design

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Macro Photography
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              This lens looks great, feels great, and performs great.

                              I love the shallow depth of field as well as the large aperture that allows for gracefully soft backgrounds and very sharp/crisp focal points...even in low light!

                              If you have a Sony A5000 or other e-mount, you should really have this lens as well. It's incredibly affordable for it's performance.

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                              • No

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