Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

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  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Double-Gauss Optical Design
  • DC Autofocus Motor
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 overview

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A simple, bright, and lightweight normal prime, the FE 50mm f/1.8 from Sony is a versatile normal-length prime lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Its sleek design makes it well-suited for everyday shooting, while the fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions as well as offers increased control over depth of field for selective focus imagery. The optical design incorporates one aspherical element to control spherical aberrations, an employs a double-gauss configuration in order to realize sharper, clearer image quality throughout the aperture range with reduced field curvature. A DC actuator is also employed to provide quick and precise autofocus performance that is also quiet to suit video recording applications. Additionally, a rounded seven-blade diaphragm is featured to render out-of-focus highlights with a smooth, circular appearance. Characterized by its straight-forward design, this go-to lens balances both ease of handling along with enhanced image quality.

Normal-length 50mm prime lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however, can also be used with APS-C models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also avails greater control over focus placement for working with shallow depth of field techniques.
One aspherical element is incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
Double-gauss optical configuration helps to reduce field curvature and distortions for more consistent image quality from edge-to-edge.
DC actuator motor offers quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance to suit both stills and video applications.
Metal bayonet offers increased durability and a solid feel when mounting the lens.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242898653
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 specs

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.14
Optical Design 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.70 x 2.34" / 68.6 x 59.5 mm
Weight 6.56 oz / 186 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 4.1 x 3.2"

Sony 50mm f/1.8 reviews

FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 132.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens for the money I am very happy with this lens. The image quality is outstanding. I am sure if you did some close scrutiny of images comparing it to more expensive lens there will be a difference but it will probably be minor. I can't emphasize enough how happy I am with the image quality. The only downside I have seen with the lens is that it can hunter for focus in autofocus. It is also slower then more expensive lens in autofocus. So if you are doing photography that needs fast autofocus you will have to bite the bullet and get a more expensive lens. I am not shooting sports or wild life so it really isn't a problem for me. So a great nifty 50.
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not as bad as some say... When I read online reviews on this lens I was a bit apprehensive about buying it due to the slow and noisy focusing. Well I tried one B&H at and I did not find any of these issues to be as glaring as others think. Is it a sports lens? Hell no! Is it noisy? Not to me. Is it sharp? Extremely. Does it focus quickly? More than quick enough for me. I shot many pictures in low light (1/125 @f1.8, ISO 8000) and I missed focus just once. Again, not sports, but someone moving around in a chair and me trying to focus on the eye. By the way, I am yet to update the firmware that is supposed to improve the focus issues.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens by Sony... Not so Fantastic Plastic You get what you pay for... Pro's: Price Light, small form factor Pretty sharp Nice bokeh at f1.8 close focus area at f1.8 color rendition looks good. Auto focus may be acceptable for shallow depth of field video (just as long as you don't move much) Con's: Auto focus constantly hunts (slow) Loud auto focus motor sound like heart pump (unacceptable to the pro shooter) No steady shot f1.4 would have been nice. Firmware update? Keep your receipt. The Rokinon 1.4 50mm may be a better option. I will keep it for now, as I need the bokeh and focal distance. Firmware update? Now you know why the Zeiss costs so much. Not a slam dunk to recommend to others.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a good lens I'm not overly thrilled to be honest and just on the fence on keeping it. I use my A7iii mostly for product shots and with quite a bit of comparison today between this and the kit lens, as well as the Zeiss 2.8/35mm and 70 to 200 2.8 G, this is just ok. Yes it works, you get a nice bokeh from the 1.8, but when comparing just the kit 28 to 70 to it at F4.5 the results were nearly identical. I'd give this one about 5% more detail than the kit when having all settings at the exact same. Now at 1.8 the bokeh is good and the detail is good, but my beef there is the detail isn't as good as I hoped. I get that it's just a $200 lens, so I can't complain for that. Maybe my copy just isn't what others have, not sure, but it's right on the edge of not worth adding to the bag. To sum it up, if I borrowed this lens from a friend I wouldn't buy it after and would instead save my pennies and upgrade further up the line.
Date published: 2018-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firmware Version 02 Addresses Focusing Woes; Good Optics The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 gives the first-time, full-frame mirrorless user a clearer picture (no pun intended) of what his a7-series camera can achieve. The lens allows astounding light transmission (T-stop) of T1.8, matching its advertised F-stop; rival lenses like the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G has a transmission rating of T2.0. Additionally, sharpness is superior to comparable Canon and Nikon nifty fifties; many details are retained in the images even at F1.8. What deters many from buying this lens are the focusing woes. Sony, however, has mitigated the issue through its release of the version 02 that has noticeably improved focusing in low-light scenarios. With the issue of focusing addressed, the lens fits the criteria as a daily driver nifty fifty.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not like other E mount lenses This product is not smooth focusing like other E mount lenses. It is sharp, but the continuous focusing action when taking still photos is clunky and noisy. Also, the one I got was defective in that it would focus using pre-auto-focus AFC while shooting stills, but would not focus while on the movie setting. B&H said it is defective so I returned it. However, B&H was fantastic in this return and customer service as usual. Good IQ but not for me. I have six E mount lenses and have owned 19 A mount lenses. I really love Sony cameras but be careful on this one.
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very little compromise for the price. a true gem. with the A7II. I've been able to achieve very food performance with sharpness and autofocus. There is some noticeable chromatic aberration at wider apertures, but nothing to cry about. It is very sharp in the center at wider apertures; I can shoot at f2 and crop deep. Autofocus performance also works really well with the following settings: wide-area + continous focus + AF-ON . I consitently get great results eachtime for street subjects, and I am a pixel peeper. Spot focus mode - I would avoid if you are having issues. If you know how to use the lens and camera competently, this lens is a must have.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very nice modern fast 50 This is a nice, sharp, light, fast 50 with quick, native FE mount, autofocus. It's cheap and VERY good. This is NOT the ultimate bokeh smoothie; bokeh are smooth enough, but show onion rings. It also has a rather huge hood and the build involves a lot of plastic. So what? The bang for the buck is excellent. In sum, this is the fully modern version of the cheapie kit normal lens from the days of film SLRs. It isn't the best, but it is darn good, pretty versatile, and cheap enough that everybody should have one. This is really the lens that should come bundled with all the A7 series cameras.
Date published: 2017-04-17
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