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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens

BH #SO5018F • MFR #SEL50F18F/2
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Double-Gauss Optical Design
A simple, bright, and lightweight normal-length prime, the FE 50mm f/1.8 from Sony is a versatile lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Blending a sleek stature with a versatile focal length, this 50mm prime excels in a variety of shooting situations and the f/1.8 maximum aperture helps straddle an ideal balance between brightness and a compact form factor.
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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Lightweight Normal Prime
  • 3Optical Design
  • 4Autofocus and Physical Design
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Lightweight Normal Prime
A simple, bright, and lightweight normal-length prime, the FE 50mm f/1.8 from Sony is a versatile lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Blending a sleek stature with a versatile focal length, this 50mm prime excels in a variety of shooting situations and the f/1.8 maximum aperture helps straddle an ideal balance between brightness and a compact form factor.
Optical Design
  • 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.
  • Besides contributing to depth of field control and low-light performance, the bright f/1.8 design also helps to achieve a lightweight and compact profile, making this lens suitable for everyday, walkaround shooting.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Autofocus and Physical Design
  • DC actuator motor offers quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance to suit both stills and video applications.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.5' and a 0.15x maximum magnification suit working with nearby subjects.
  • Metal bayonet offers increased durability and a solid feel when mounting the lens.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.7 x 2.34" / 68.6 x 59.5 mm
Weight6.56 oz / 186 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.67 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.7 x 4.1 x 4"

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Reviews

Sharpness is good, everything else is not so great

By Michael
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-01

The overall image quality of this lens is fine, but just fine. The image quality is a tiny step above the 16-50 kit lens. It's sharp across the field and colors (overall) are decent, but compared to the other nifty fifties I've used (Nikon, Canon, Sigma) it just doesn't come close. The AF is loud, crunchy feeling, and slow. The chromatic aberration is TERRIBLE. There's so much magenta fringing all over the image it's essentially unfixable. Why Sony felt this lens was acceptable to sell is beyond me.

Inexpensive Bohkeh!

By Alan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

For its price, this is the best way into a nice portrait lens, with autofocus, for the FE system. I've heard firmware updates to the camera and lens will greatly improve AF, but I haven't tried it yet.

Can't go wrong

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-31

Awesome starter prime lens!

great lens

By Shawn
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-30

it is a good lens for that prize.

Nifty Fifty

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-23

This lens is a fast, sharp, and compact. AF could be a bit quicker, and quieter, but for the price, you can't go wrong.

Great Lens

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

I am loving this lens it is perfect size and still great on performance.

Great Value For The Patient

By Thomas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-17

The crux of this lens is the auto-focus. It is slow. You won't be able to photograph anything that involves fast motion, or a lot of times even slow motion while using continuous auto-focus. I knew this before I bought the lens, and it definitely holds true after using the lens. With that out of the way, if you're photographing stationary objects, people, landscapes, flowers, street photography, or focusing manually, I think there's a lot to love about this lens. When you play to its strengths, you can get some really lovely results. Some of my favorite photographs ever have come from this lens. Often from grabbing some candid shots at some local events. I really like the bokeh that I've gotten from shooting wide open with this lens. For the price, I think this lens is a tremendous value. You just have to have the patience to work with the auto-focus shortcomings in some situations. I knew what I was getting into when purchasing this lens, and I only use it in situations that play to its strengths. By doing that, I rarely find myself disappointed with the images I get. If you're ready to learn what this lens likes and doesn't like, I think you can create some amazing images with it. I don't regret purchasing this lens even with the shortcomings. And I think working through the shortcomings is making me a better photographer.

poor focus

By Luis
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

This Lens with sharp images, but very poor focus.

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I am new to photography. Have an a6000. Will this Sony FE 50mm F/1.8 work with the camera?
Asked by: John
Yes, but like a 75 mm
Answered by: Andres
Date published: 2021-07-22

Can I use this lens with another brand camera ?

Can I use this lens with another brand camera ?
Asked by: Emmanuel
If you have a "newer" digital camera I would say yes. You can also buy adapter rings for this lens. MostSony lens will fit Canon Cameras.
Answered by: Cathee
Date published: 2020-04-12

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The box says "FE 50mm F1.8" in my mind is for full frame camera, however it also says "35mm F ULL FRAME". I though it was 50mm FF and 75mm APS-C?
Asked by: Alberto
The following lens adapts to Sony e mount cameras which are made for Sony full frame camera units.
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2021-12-23

Is it usable for video auto focus?

Is it usable for video auto focus?
Asked by: Agustin
Yes, you can autofocus this lens in video mode.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-03

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Is it compatible with A7Rii? Tracking focus in video mode?
Asked by: Bao T.
Yes, this lens is compatible with the A7R II and will track focus.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

How does a filter fit considering the lens moves ...

How does a filter fit considering the lens moves when focusing?
Asked by: Tarik
Fits fine. I use a UV filter and have no problem with the lens focusing.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-02-11

am used sony a6500 dslar camera,then am using ...

am used sony a6500 dslar camera,then am using this 50mm lence cut the frame?
Asked by: Sujith
Your camera sensor is smaller the the lenses, so you will have no issue on using it. Your camera will work as it was using a 85mm-ish not 'cause of the lens, but cause of the sensor on it. Will work all right, but the image will be tight than if you use this lense in a full frame camera.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-01-22

Can this lens work with a sony a6500?

Can this lens work with a sony a6500?
Asked by: Khaled
Yes it will work and produce a 75mm field of view given your aps-c sensor.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-11-15
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