Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • 1:1 Magnification Ratio
  • Double-Floating Lens Elements
  • Auto Clutch Mechanism
  • Focus Hold Button & Focus Range Limiter
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 50mm f/2.8 overview

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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.
UPC: 027242694392

Sony 50mm f/2.8 specs

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Sony A
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 7.87" / 20 cm
Magnification 1x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Optical Design 7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.81 x 2.36" / 71.5 x 60 mm
Weight 10.41 oz / 295 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.5 x 4.3 x 4.1"

Sony 50mm f/2.8 reviews

50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definately worth the money This lens is quite usable wide open and really nice and sharp when you stop it down a little. My two minor beefs are: 1. It's an external focusing lens which can be a slight inconvienience when using it in the macro mode. 2. It's not supplied with a lens hood because the lens is sunken into the front of the barrel but, when you put a filter on (and who doesn't at least use a UV for lens protection) the effect of the sunken front element is negated. Both of these problems are minor, and can be worked around. The optics are great and I have no propblem recomending this lens. If you're going to use filters I would recomend buying a 55mm colapsable rubber lens hood to screw into the filter.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An oldie revamped 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.
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fast lens I bought this lens primarily to use its macro capabilities with an old copy slide attachment by Nikon (the es-1), with the purpose of doing a quick and dirty scan of thousand of old slides. Seeing the magnitude of the project, I did not have time yet to test the lens in any other use than copying slides (roughly macro 1:1.5). For this, it works superbly. The focus limiter is a nice feature, and the autofocus worked well for all but a few slides, but seeing these were shot in extreme fog, I cannot blame the lens... From what I see, all the macro shots are sharp at f8.0.
Date published: 2010-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Portable Macro Does Double Duty 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.
Date published: 2010-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what I needed As a photography student I've been tasked with assignments requiring a lens with close up capability and a wide aperture. So far I've experimented with shots of flowers and jewelery. The clarity and detail I've achieved with varying light conditions convinces me I'll do fine with my intended end use of detail shots of small equipment and mechanical parts for instructional purposes in business. No real downside to this lens, although it's obvious I have not yet tapped it's full potential. I expect that to come as I learn more.
Date published: 2008-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony is moving the Professional Market 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.
Date published: 2012-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp images mediocre build quality 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
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sharp but AF sometimes difficult Very sharp - this is another world compared to the zoom lenses with macro function I was used to. Auto-focus is sometimes problematic, hunts in and out and sometimes does not lock at all. Focus limiter swich is useful to reduce this problem. Much more compact than the 70/90/100 etc macro lenses and more versatile, great also for landscapes etc.
Date published: 2008-06-13
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