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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 a useful mixture of a high 1:1 maximum magnification along with a relatively broad field of view to suit photographing general subjects and achieving a greater depth of field. It's a versatile normal prime that does double duty as both a specialized macro optic and a flexible prime for portraiture or other distant subjects.
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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Overview

By B&H Photo's
A normal-length prime with close-focusing capabilities, the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony offers a useful mixture of a high 1:1 maximum magnification along with a relatively broad field of view to suit photographing general subjects and achieving a greater depth of field. It's a versatile normal prime that does double duty as both a specialized macro optic and a flexible prime for portraiture or other distant subjects.
1:1 Macro and Focusing Control
  • 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.
  • Focusing distance and magnification scale is printed on the top of the lens to aid in more technical applications.
  • 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.
Optics and Physical Design
  • 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.
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
  • Maximum f/2.8 aperture suits working in available lighting and also contributes to a compact, lightweight design measuring just 2.8" long and weighing about 8 oz.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.

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

sper rn

By Rahim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-22

ff gvdeler iin tasarlanm kalite hissine sahip bir rn. sadece makro ekimlerde fokus biraz yava kalabiliyor ama normal ekimlerde gayet hzl. bir anda en sevdigim lens oldu. 90mm harika bir rn bunu tartamayz ama onun fiyatna istinaden bu lens harika

Tack-Sharp, Distortion-Free Macro/General Purpose for A7rIV

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-11

This may be a relatively cheap lens, but it is well built and very well thought out - everything about how this lens is designed and works is perfect for 1:1, 1:1.5, 1:4, everything in-between, etc. macro yet it works fine for general photography, especially if the camera's autofocus can work with it. Nothing could be better done about this lens except theoretically perfect glass or theoretically faster autofocus, but the autofocus and manual focus behaves exactly as I would hope for it to with a macro lens - lots of travel of the focus ring and mechanism per amount of change in focus for finely tuning the focus, auto or manual. Since this macro lens behaves in the same nature with focusing for general purpose photography as well, I like to think of this lens as not slow focusing (compared to other lenses meant for instantly instantly acquiring focus and snapping pictures, which this lens basically can do especially at longer focus distances where/when there is less travel of the mechanism) but precision focusing. The focus could theoretically be faster but then it just wouldn't be the same for finely tuning the focus, especially manually or manually in conjunction with autofocus. 50mm is a very versatile full-frame focal length, as it mimics the perspective of human vision and enables one to get more in focus at a given aperature, especially with macro where DOF is shallow, because the perspective is 50mm and not, say, 90mm. With the a7rIV(a), the lens is so sharp and able to capitalize on the resolution potential of the sensor that not only can it be cropped APS-C to 75mm equivalent, making this lens essentially a two-in-one option even though its a prime lens. I see no reason to remove a star or two for its autofocus performance on this camera. Yes, the autofocus isn't the fastest out there, my 28-70mm cheap sony kit lens is even faster, but it is by no means faulty or seemingly weak, even if it is not whisper quiet, as stated above about my opinion on this lens's purpose-built design and operation. With the a7rIVa and especially using the focus limiter for general purpose or macro (.3m, which is a very good cutoff working with this lens) (using full range of focus does seem to slow the autofocus dramatically), the camera scans the scene as the lens focuses, and the lens will slightly and briefly overshoot the focus then immediately snap back. I don't find this a limitation for general purpose or macro photography, if I am shooting even handheld with this in macro continuous autofocus works perfectly with it on the a7riva; continuous autofocus doesn't continuously overshoot and hunt on the a7riva except perhaps in the initial focus acquisition. With sports or bird photography or faster action photography, something lenses of longer focal lengths / zooms are better suited for, I can see this lens missing some or quite a few photos that one would not with a faster autofocus lens. Now, for the little details that also make this lens seem very well thought out. When turning the camera off, the lens focus resets to infinity, fully retracting the lens rather than leaving it extended. When switching focus modes, unlike with some older Nikon DSLR lenses I had, it's digital/electronically controlled instead of physically locked, so it's easy to just switch and recompose rather than having to adjust focus within the range before flipping the switch. As well, the focus ring being digitally/electronically controlled, there are numerous advantages to this over it being physically linked, too many to really list here; it's just far far better in practice with everything than being physically locked by gears to the focus mechanism. Also, the a7riv has a very useful mode where you can quickly autofocus, which is very accurate anyways, and then optionally operate the manual focus ring to fine-tune it, and the camera automatically zooms in to where it is focused at - DMF autofocus mode. With the lens's fine-tuning slow adjusting focus through the range but especially towards the macro range, this is painless. Adjust, Oh, I was already in focus or I need to move the other direction instead. Simple, manual focus activates the preview quickly and there is little error caused by activating it with the focus ring, quickly corrected. Also, I did not notice this with the 28-70mm kit lens I have, but with the macro lens there is actually a relatively rough focus distance guide that shows up at the bottom of the screen when manually focusing, displaying from .2m to 144m, then infinity. There's also a button on the side of the lens that I like to assign to enabling/disabling SteadyShot on the fly as needed. Even with SteadyShot on the a7riv I haven't noticed any fine-detail blurriness that can be attributed to inefficiencies in image stabilization technologies. As far as distance from the subject, I've had a lot less issues here than I expected I would. At 1:1 magnification one may be six inches from the subject, which if one is photographing in sunlight it is still possible to move one's shadow out of the way, but otherwise there's usually plenty of light around even when overcast, especially with the a7riv's great low-light performance. I photographed some insects and they weren't scared away even when getting close. Many don't seem to scare away except with sudden movements or stumbles. So, all and all, I am extremely surprised with just how wonderful of a 50mm prime, macro lens this is. Excellent image detail, very good in the corners but especially towards the center, with little lost to softness or distortion even wide-open. I haven't fully tested this at 2.8, but I suspect by the nature of the slight blur in the corners, what I was seeing seemed to be like and may have been totally from fogging because it was a humid day (I forgot to attach the lens protector filter because I was so excited from testing this lens out LOL). With macro photography, where one may likely be stopping down for more depth of field, that of course increases the edge-to-edge sharpness even further.

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.

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!

Light and pratical

By Catherine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-29

Very light, very versatile. As you might expect for a macro lens, auto focus is slow but as par with other macro lenses. I love it.

Tack-Sharp, Distortion-Free Macro/General Purpose for A7rIV

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

This may be a relatively cheap lens, but it is well built and very well thought out - everything about how this lens is designed and works is perfect for 1:1, 1:1.5, 1:4, everything in-between, etc. macro yet it works fine for general photography, especially if the camera's autofocus can work with it. Nothing could be better done about this lens except theoretically perfect glass or theoretically faster autofocus, but the autofocus and manual focus behaves exactly as I would hope for it to with a macro lens - lots of travel of the focus ring and mechanism per amount of change in focus for finely tuning the focus, auto or manual. Since this macro lens behaves in the same nature with focusing for general purpose photography as well, I like to think of this lens as not slow focusing (compared to other lenses meant for instantly instantly acquiring focus and snapping pictures, which this lens basically can do especially at longer focus distances where/when there is less travel of the mechanism) but precision focusing. The focus could theoretically be faster but then it just wouldn't be the same for finely tuning the focus, especially manually or manually in conjunction with autofocus. 50mm is a very versatile full-frame focal length, as it mimics the perspective of human vision and enables one to get more in focus at a given aperature, especially with macro where DOF is shallow, because the perspective is 50mm and not, say, 90mm. With the a7rIV(a), the lens is so sharp and able to capitalize on the resolution potential of the sensor that not only can it be cropped APS-C to 75mm equivalent, making this lens essentially a two-in-one option even though its a prime lens. I see no reason to remove a star or two for its autofocus performance on this camera. Yes, the autofocus isn't the fastest out there, my 28-70mm cheap sony kit lens is even faster, but it is by no means faulty or seemingly weak, even if it is not whisper quiet, as stated above about my opinion on this lens's purpose-built design and operation. With the a7rIVa and especially using the focus limiter for general purpose or macro (.3m, which is a very good cutoff working with this lens) (using full range of focus does seem to slow the autofocus dramatically), the camera scans the scene as the lens focuses, and the lens will slightly and briefly overshoot the focus then immediately snap back. I don't find this a limitation for general purpose or macro photography, if I am shooting even handheld with this in macro continuous autofocus works perfectly with it on the a7riva; continuous autofocus doesn't continuously overshoot and hunt on the a7riva except perhaps in the initial focus acquisition. With sports or bird photography or faster action photography, something lenses of longer focal lengths / zooms are better suited for, I can see this lens missing some or quite a few photos that one would not with a faster autofocus lens. Now, for the little details that also make this lens seem very well thought out. When turning the camera off, the lens focus resets to infinity, fully retracting the lens rather than leaving it extended. When switching focus modes, unlike with some older Nikon DSLR lenses I had, it's digital/electronically controlled instead of physically locked, so it's easy to just switch and recompose rather than having to adjust focus within the range before flipping the switch. As well, the focus ring being digitally/electronically controlled, there are numerous advantages to this over it being physically linked, too many to really list here; it's just far far better in practice with everything than being physically locked by gears to the focus mechanism. Also, the a7riv has a very useful mode where you can quickly autofocus, which is very accurate anyways, and then optionally operate the manual focus ring to fine-tune it, and the camera automatically zooms in to where it is focused at - DMF autofocus mode. With the lens's fine-tuning slow adjusting focus through the range but especially towards the macro range, this is painless. Adjust, Oh, I was already in focus or I need to move the other direction instead. Simple, manual focus activates the preview quickly and there is little error caused by activating it with the focus ring, quickly corrected. Also, I did not notice this with the 28-70mm kit lens I have, but with the macro lens there is actually a relatively rough focus distance guide that shows up at the bottom of the screen when manually focusing, displaying from .2m to 144m, then infinity. There's also a button on the side of the lens that I like to assign to enabling/disabling SteadyShot on the fly as needed. Even with SteadyShot on the a7riv I haven't noticed any fine-detail blurriness that can be attributed to inefficiencies in image stabilization technologies. As far as distance from the subject, I've had a lot less issues here than I expected I would. At 1:1 magnification one may be six inches from the subject, which if one is photographing in sunlight it is still possible to move one's shadow out of the way, but otherwise there's usually plenty of light around even when overcast, especially with the a7riv's great low-light performance. I photographed some insects and they weren't scared away even when getting close. Many don't seem to scare away except with sudden movements or stumbles. So, all and all, I am extremely surprised with just how wonderful of a 50mm prime, macro lens this is. Excellent image detail, very good in the corners but especially towards the center, with little lost to softness or distortion even wide-open. I haven't fully tested this at 2.8, but I suspect by the nature of the slight blur in the corners, what I was seeing seemed to be like and may have been totally from fogging because it was a humid day (I forgot to attach the lens protector filter because I was so excited from testing this lens out LOL). With macro photography, where one may likely be stopping down for more depth of field, that of course increases the edge-to-edge sharpness even further. Update 4/26/22 from 4/10/22: After testing the lens more for accuracy of the review I did here, I thought I was delusional or seeing things or making too many assumptions because of sharpness and focus issues. Turns out the original review here, unchanged above, was accurate. The difference was that I was using an apparently high quality and well-reviewed B+W 55mm XS-Pro Clear MRC-Nano 007 Filter. Adding a (this) CLEAR, not even UV-coated, MASSIVELY impacted the sharpness and autofocus performance, for this lens at least. It seems this lens is best used without a lens filter for best sharpness and autofocus performance. Again, tack-sharp corner to corner even wide open at approaching 1:1 magnification.

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Asked by: Tito
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Does this lens come with a case like the FE 55 1.8 Sonnar ?Can this lense be used as a portraiture lense also ?
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Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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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)
Asked by: Richard L.
The lens' minimum focus distance and the reproduction ratio does not change when using the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on a Sony E-mount mirrorless digital camera which uses the APS-C sensor. The lens would continue to have its 1:1 magnification ratio and would have a minimum focus distance of 6.30 (16 cm). The lens' actual focal distance also remains the same, as the focal length of the lens is a physical measurement from the center nodal point of the lens to the sensor.The only difference is the lens' EQUIVALENT focal length. As you are using a smaller sensor, the sensor sees a smaller section of the lens' imaging circle; as such, you are seeing a cropped view. The size difference in the sensors requires a 1.5x multiplication to find the lens' equivalent focal length when compared to the same lens on a full-frame camera. As 50mm x 1.5 = 75mm, the angle of view of the lens would be similar to that of a 75mm lens used on a full frame camera. But you still retain the 1:1 magnification ratio and minimum focusing distance.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2019-08-20

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Does this work with the a6400?
Asked by: Jared
Yes but will have a focal length close to 75mm
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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?
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Date published: 2018-08-27

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