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Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

BH #SO5028M • MFR #SAL50M28
Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Key Features
  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Double-Floating Lens Elements
Make sure you have the right tools to capture small details and get sharp close-ups by picking up this 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony. This normal-length full-frame lens is designed for A-mount cameras, and is able to realize a true 1:1 magnification ratio through a minimum focus distance of just 7.9". The lens also features an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32 for control over depth of field and it uses a double-floating elements design to minimize aberrations, even at close-focus distances.
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Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Overview

Make sure you have the right tools to capture small details and get sharp close-ups by picking up this 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens from Sony. This normal-length full-frame lens is designed for A-mount cameras, and is able to realize a true 1:1 magnification ratio through a minimum focus distance of just 7.9". The lens also features an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32 for control over depth of field and it uses a double-floating elements design to minimize aberrations, even at close-focus distances.

Handling is optimized for speed and comfort, starting with an Auto Clutch mechanism that prevents the focusing ring from rotating when autofocus is engaged. Also, the lens has both a focus hold button and focus range limiter for intuitive and fast control over certain aspects of the lens during shooting. Additionally, it has a seven-blade circular diaphragm for smooth out-of-focus elements.

This normal prime macro lens is designed for full-frame Sony A-mount DSLRs, 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 7.9" 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.
An aperture range of f/2.8 to f/32 allows for operation in a wide range of shooting situations and enables photographers to better control depth of field.
Double-floating lens elements help to minimize aberrations, especially when focusing at extremely close distances.
An Auto Clutch mechanism prevents the focusing ring from rotating when the lens is set to autofocus, allowing for easier, and more natural feeling control over the lens.
A focus range limiter switch allows you constrain the usable focus range between a set limited range or full for improving focus speed, and a focus hold button is also featured to manually stop the autofocus at a specified point.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Specs

Focal Length
50mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/32
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
47°
Minimum Focus Distance
7.87" / 20 cm
Maximum Magnification
1x
Macro Reproduction Ratio
1:1
Optical Design
7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.81 x 2.36" / 71.5 x 60 mm
Weight
10.41 oz / 295 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.98 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.4 x 4.25 x 4.2"

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Reviews

Great Macro

By Yishai
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-22

This lens is hard to beat for sharpness. I think the 100mm f2.8 macro has a slight edge on it due to the focusing distance on live insects. The 50 sometimes focuses too close and the insects fly away. This lens also doubles as a great portrait lens as well as being good for landscapes. On a APS-c sensor camera it works as a 75mm making it close to the 85mm 1.4 as a reasonably priced substitute. If your on a budget and looking for a Macro or a Portrait lens. You wont go wrong with this one. .

An oldie revamped

By Blues_junkie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-04-04

This 50mm f2.8 Macro lens hasn't changed internally since the Minolta Rokkor days but it doesn't need to. It has been dragged into the new 'Sony age' by redesigning the looks and it sits well, visually, amongst the other Sony gear. What is indisputable is the easy of use, amazing sharpness and lack of stray light affecting the shots. This is a superb lens and value for money is exceptional. B+H's website also suggested a UV filter and a snap on lens hood for it but in reality you don't need either. The glass is so far recessed into the construction of the lens that stray light is not a problem and the filter will detract from the sharpness. I'd only put it on when using the lens in adverse weather conditions.

Sharp images mediocre build quality

By Sokolini
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-06

I use this lens to shoot small items for catalogs and for copy work with a Sony a900. Performance is excellent, delivering sharp images with great depth of field in macro at f16-32

Sony is moving the Professional Market

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-05-18

I am a professional photographer, illustrator and graphic designer. I use this lens for small products, in fact, as more and more nano technology enters the market the need to get in close is a growing demand in my market and thus beating out the amature point and shot competition. This lens produces sharp results - and seems equivelant to the Nikkor Macro series of lenses. There is nothing that I dislike about this lens - it fulfills the need and feeds well into the digital demands where by I am able to exceed film. Can not wait for SONY to bring out their 30+ mega pixel replacement to the a900. I understand their chip is already in the Nikon D800 as rumor has it, maybe some of you know for sure - I'm often to busy these days to stay on top of the latest technology - but moving over to SONY was slow in coming - but I am glad I did. Of course I have more maga pixels as a goal, but that is slower in coming as well. Waiting for the prices to reach that clearance level is enough agony as well. But when it comes to product photography and Photoshop I can turn my SONY a900 along with stitching six shots together in Photoshop - well I've turned that 24.6 mega pixel camera into a well over 100 mega pixel rendering of a product. Thanks SONY - keep up the good work - and let Zeiss do more lenses for you. OH and don't let me forget to say this B&H is the best resource of equipment and supplies, very helpful folks when I call to quiz them - patient and understanding as well. Living out in the boonies web shopping is a must.

Excellent lens, sharp,fast,& quiet.

By fred the phobug
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2011-12-04

portrait and macro photos

Portable Macro Does Double Duty

By Thomas Brand
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2010-06-16

If you are like me you like to walk around as a tourist, or in your own backyard, with a single lens and try make the most of it. Often the lens you select will be a normal zoom in an attempt to cover more of your bases. You long for the light weight and small size of a prime, but fear you might be missing something if you only carry a 50mm.Enter the 50mm 2.8 Macro!On a Full size body is is your standard walk around normal that allows you to take it as close to that action as you can get, even up to 1:1. This lens has allowed me to capture more Macro shots by the very fact it is always with me. Instead of leaving the larger short telephoto dedicated macro at home I can carry around this little guy that is more suitable for street photography with its normal focal length.Perfectly sharp, light and compact, the only thing missing is a nicer build quality and internal focusing design. (I am looking at the excellent Nikon 60mm AFS when I say this.) Don't get me wrong, this lens is a champ, it could just be built a little better given the $ price tag.

Great prime lens

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-02-22

I have been a Minolta/Sony user for years. Over the years I have preferred fixed focal length lenses to zooms. This lens reinforces that preference. The lens is constructed really well, from the built in hood to the metal lens mount. It has great weight and balance. The focusing motor is smooth and quiet. The F2.8 aperture provides an opportunity for some nice low light shooting as well as a pleasing bokeh when taking portraits. However, the main reason I bought this lens was for its macro capability. I wanted the 1:1 ratio without using close up lenses. I wanted the ability to take macro shots without the use of a tripod. I have what I want with this lens.

Still undecided

By Hal
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2013-09-17

I purchased this as a compromise. Sony also makes 30 mm and 100 mm macro lenses. I chose the 50 mm because it was in the middle in terms of price and close-focusing distance. I have played with the lens for a week under less than optimum conditions. I am thinking about switching it for 100 mm lens but am deterred by the added weight of the longer lens. Ideally, I would prefer a macro lens that opens a little wider and is a little sharper. Not sure if such a creature exists in my price range.

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What is the minimum aperture?

What is the minimum aperture?
Asked by: Hailey
The maximum aperture of the Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens is f/2.8 and the minimum aperture of the lens is f/32.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2019-10-10

Is this lens fully compatible with Sony FS5-II ?

Is this lens fully compatible with Sony FS5-II ?
Asked by: Richard
Hi Richard, The 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens can be used with the Sony FS5-II with A-mount to E-mount adapter LA-EA3 or LA-EA4. However this comes with many limitations [For LA-EA3 : Autofocus cannot be used. Available with a Mount Adaptor. The SteadyShot is not supported. The operating noise of the lens, such as during zooming and focusing, may be recorded during movie recording. Auto iris adjustment is not available in movie mode. Changing the iris during recording may create operating noise or make the screen brighter during operation.] [For LA-EA4 : Available with a Mount Adaptor. The SteadyShot is not supported. The focus area cannot be selected arbitrarily. If you use AF (Autofocus), the aperture will be fixed to F3.5, or the largest aperture if the lens' largest aperture is smaller than F3.5, during the movie recording. If you use MF (Manual focus), the aperture can be selected before recording when recording movies in the A (Aperture priority) mode. The operating noise of the lens, such as during zooming and focusing, may be recorded during movie recording. Auto iris adjustment is not available in movie mode. Changing the iris during recording may create operating noise or make the screen brighter during operation.]
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-29

question

I don't believe this lens is directly compatible (e-mount) with the Sony NEX-7 camera... Is this a correct assumption? I'm looking for one that is and it doesn't have to be a Sony. Anything good and reputable, thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, no, the Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens is not compatible with the Sony Alpha NEX-7 Mirrorless Digital Camera. It is designed for the Sony A-mount/Minolta MAXXUM lens mount. We currently only have two (2) macro lenses listed for the Sony E-mount used on the Sony Alpha NEX-7; the Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras, B&H # SO3035, or the newly-announced Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount), B&H # ZET2850ME (Expected availability November 2013).
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this lens suit the A57?Just want to make doubly sure before I las out
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it is fully compatible with all Sony DSLR and SLT series cameras including the A57.
Answered by: Dan W.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this lens have manual focus ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it does. It is a great lens I use it a lot
Answered by: Dale N.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

would this work on a sony a7r?
Asked by: Devin W.
The Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens uses the larger Sony A-mount/Minolta MAXXUM lens mount, while the Sony Alpha a7R Mirrorless Digital Camera uses the smaller Sony E-mount lens mount. As such, the lens is not directly compatible with the Sony a7R without the use of a lens adapter, such as the Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter (Black), B&H # SOLAEA3. If you are looking for a macro lens designed for the Sony E-mount that would attach directly to your camera without the need of a lens adapter, then I would instead recommend the Sony 30mm f/3.5 Macro Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras, B&H # SO3035, for your needs. The links for both items are listed below.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Can I confirm that there isn't a lens hood ...

Can I confirm that there isn't a lens hood included?
Asked by: Kelvin
That is correct. Based on Sony's website and from what the front end of the lens looks like, it seems that this lens does not accommodate the traditional bayonet-style lens hood. You can consider a screw-on lens hood, like this one from B+W: https://bhpho.to/3qHYrbi
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-03-24

question

Sounds like a great lens. Can it be adapted for a Canon 5D iii ?
Asked by: Albert
Only if you like to invest in a Canon to Sony lens adapter. I am not sure if they exist but they do the other way around.Ask your friend Google ;-). Usually, he gives you quite quick an answer...
Answered by: JOHN D.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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