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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • One ED Element & One Aspherical Element
A normal-length prime with close-focusing capabilities, the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony offers an impressive 1:1 maximum magnification, along with a 6.3" minimum focusing distance, for making life-size imagery of close-up subjects. Useful controls, such as a top-printed distance and magnification scale, focus range limiter, and focus hold button, all benefit more precise focusing adjustments for refined results. Complementing the handling capabilities, the optical design also incorporates both an aspherical and an extra-low dispersion element, which work to suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased clarity throughout the focus range. Additionally, the lens sports a dust- and moisture-resistant design to benefit working in inclement weather conditions.
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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Overview

A normal-length prime with close-focusing capabilities, the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony offers an impressive 1:1 maximum magnification, along with a 6.3" minimum focusing distance, for making life-size imagery of close-up subjects. Useful controls, such as a top-printed distance and magnification scale, focus range limiter, and focus hold button, all benefit more precise focusing adjustments for refined results. Complementing the handling capabilities, the optical design also incorporates both an aspherical and an extra-low dispersion element, which work to suppress chromatic and spherical aberrations for increased clarity throughout the focus range. Additionally, the lens sports a dust- and moisture-resistant design to benefit working in inclement weather conditions.

Standard prime macro lens is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, and can also be used on APS-C models where it provides a 75mm equivalent focal length.
True macro design affords a life-size, 1:1 magnification ratio along with a 6.3" minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects. A focusing distance and magnification scale is also printed on the top of the lens to aid in more technical applications.
One extra-low dispersion element is featured in the lens design and helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
One aspherical element is incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
A focus range limiter switch allows you constrain the usable focus range between 6.3-11.8", 11.8"-infinity, or full, and a focus hold button is also featured to manually stop the autofocus at a specified point.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242902558

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance6.3" / 16 cm
Maximum Magnification1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:1
Optical Design8 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades7
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.79 x 2.8" / 70.8 x 71 mm
Length at Maximum Extension3.8" / 96.4 mm
Weight8.32 oz / 236 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.8 x 4.1 x 3.4"

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Reviews

Sharp with nice contrast

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-19

Very happy with this lens. Bought it to shoot food and auto focus with motion control video. Works great. Anyone having issues probably isn't setting the focus range switch.

Disappointing close up

By Lew
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-21

A characteristic one looks for in a macro lens is sharpness at close distance over speed. This lens disappoints somewhat in that it's soft within the range of its minimum focus out to around 3'. From 10' out it's stellar for its sharpness, but that's not what one buys a macro lens for.

For A7r4 film scanning

By gjprice55
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-10

I bought this so my son can use my camera asa film scanner. The lens functions fantastically for this purpose. Professional results. Very high resolution and excellent color.

A very fine macro lens

By Mark T
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-20

I find the Sony 50mm f2.8 macro to be a fine lens. It's fairly small and light and makes a decent normal lens as well as macro. The build quality seems a little light, especially when compared to old school macros, and I doubt it would be weather proof. However, it is sharp and delivers the goods. There have been many complaints about the auto focus speed, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for me. I find the focusing to be adequate when using the appropriate focus distance switch on the lens. However when approaching ultra closeups, I opt for manual focus. The lens only goes to an f16 aperture, and I think an f32 would really add a lot to its performance. On occasion, I will switch my A7Riii to crop mode which makes shooting some subjects easier. The resulting 18 meg RAW files have enough resolution for most situations. The price seems fair, especially when compared to the 90mm macro.

Least favourite FF and Sony lens

By Paul
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-12

Optics are good. Size is great. Focus is underwhelming. Its autofocus is fine at normal lens distances but it's pretty poor at close distances, missing focus often (with an a7R2). If it stopped even close then DMF would be fine but no, it needs MF for close focus. Macro lenses are not great at close focusing in my experience - even if the lens tried it might micro focus on the wrong detail. So having crappy autofocus is not a deal breaker for me, but it's disappointing at how this makes an effort, shrugs its shoulders, gives up and returns to near infinity. Huh? Many have complained about the long throw required for MF, but I appreciate that it allows precision. For perspective I have a 35mm f2.8 Tamron that focuses 1:2 and it's autofocus is nothing to write home about, but it's much, much better and even though it's noisy, it's quieter than the Sony. This lens is a lot of work to get the shot due to it's poor auto-focus. If you think of this lens a manual focus macro and an autofocus standard lens you won't be disappointed by the output. In the end I use this lens. I don't love it. It's hard work. It produces great results when you get it right. But what was Sony thinking? The Tamron outperforms it in a lot of respects for a lot less money (though missing that last bit of magnification).

Sony Macro Fills The Bill

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-02

I purchased the Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens for photographing some of my recently made jewelry. Having the macro capability allowed for closeup shots that captured the detail, color and design of the various items I needed to shoot. I would recommend this lens to anyone that has a need for macro photography.

Crisp, lightweight, gorgeous imagery

By Elizabeth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

I purchased this the same time as the Sony AR7II. I'd read reviews about this combination and the reviews were correct. I have used it as a walk around lens even though several reviewers said they wouldn't like it for that. Well, I do like it for that. And if I happen to come across some interesting texture or play of light that catches me, this is the lens that can handle that with ease. And it looks good on the AR7II...doesn't overwhelm it and keeps the balance just the way I like it. Have not yet tried it on the A6500, but I'm sure it will match well with that, giving me a 75mm effect. What can I say? I'm just delighted with the Sony products. And I'm very pleased with B&H as well. Their Chat people are knowledgeable and helped me make my decisions. But most of all, I do a lot of reading ahead of time. Plus I have a bit of experience, so I generally know what I want. That helps. I don't see how anyone could be disappointed with this lens. Buy a top notch filter for it. I did. I live in a place with a lot of blowing dust. I want to keep the inside of that lens nice and clean. Pretty sure I got the Hoya HD3 for high resolution cameras. It said something like that. If you think you'd like this lens, you'll love it! Happy clicking!

Amazing and sharp!

By Burr
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

This lens is amazing, easy to use and sharp. I like the greater depth of field (DOF) that a 50mm lens offers. I especially like the switch on the lens to limit AF to the closer range. This is unique and helpful. Sometimes simple is better.

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Asked by: Anonymous
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When used with an APS-C camera (e.g., a6300 or a6000), this lens becomes a 75mm focal length equivalent. Is there any change to the macro properties if the lens is used with an APS-C sensor? Does it still provide 1:1 macro? (Thank-you)
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Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2019-08-20

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Asked by: Jared
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Will this lens have audible focusing motors like the new cheaper 50mm f1.8 that came out this year? Or silent like the 55mm f1.8?
Asked by: Jerry L.
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Date published: 2018-08-27

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