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SonyE 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 209 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (165)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (104)
  • Nice bokeh (99)
  • Easily interchangeable (77)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (75)
  • Consistent output (61)

Cons

  • Slow focus (14)

Best Uses

  • Low light (94)
  • Weddings (49)
  • Night photography (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Video (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (68), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (22), Pro photographer (17), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A must have for the NEX E-mount system!

After a sour experience with the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens, I returned it and purchased this Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens. As expected the field of view is a bit tighter, being...Read complete review

After a sour experience with the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens, I returned it and purchased this Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens. As expected the field of view is a bit tighter, being in the early telephoto range. With that said it is still very usable indoors as a slightly long, "normal" lens. You will have to sometimes back up slightly more than you would need with either the 18-55mm zoom or the 30mm offerings, but Sony's O.S.S (Image Stabilization) system works wonders. After using this lens for a few days I started to think how amazing it would be if Canon and Nikon offered IS in their primes such as the 50mm and 85mm offerings. It opens up some interesting possibilities.

Right from the get go I noticed this lens focuses faster than the 18-55mm zoom set to the long end. Obviously it doesn't focus fast like a phase detection DSLR, but it is definitely useable. You will notice some issues when focusing in lower light, but this is a common occurrence with any lens and AF in low light. This is very welcome as that was one of the only areas I missed my DSLR when using the 5N.

Finally I want to point out the fast aperture on this lens is excellent, providing you wonderful out of focus bits in your images (bokeh). Set to f/1.8 you get a very thin depth of field which can be used to isolate a subject or aspect of the image very well.

This is by far the best lens out there for this Sony system and don't be deterred by the focal length, it works just find as a everyday lens as long as you are willing to work with it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Meh

Lens is sharp and fast enough and the VR is great. The reason I'm giving it three stars is the speed of the auto focus. Too slow. And if its starts hunting, forget...Read complete review

Lens is sharp and fast enough and the VR is great. The reason I'm giving it three stars is the speed of the auto focus. Too slow. And if its starts hunting, forget about it!!!

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5.0

Clean image!

By Tech2

from OK

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

Does what it needs to do!

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5.0

Love this lens!

By PhotoGal

from TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

So sharp! Love the bokeh, too! A little bigger than I am used to for a 50MM, but not a real problem.

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4.0

Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great lens

By Josh B.

from Bristol, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

While I was skeptical about this lens at first, it has proven to be just as good as a higher priced cine lens, in my opinion. I use this lens for wedding videography and have not had any problems with it with my Sony A7sII. Keep in mind that the focus is electronic, therefore there's no stopper on the focus ring, making it a continual spin lens. It will also take many turns of the focus ring to get something into focus, but this also allows you to fine tune your focus. It is a very hot lens, and if you plan on using S-LOG2 or 3, then be prepared to have a very high aperture number when shooting outside due to the ISO requirements when shooting S-LOG with Sony cameras. Other than that, I love this lens and it's affordability.

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3.0

It worked okay while it worked

By RVafter60

from Cincinnati, OH

Verified Reviewer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

It came with a 1 year warranty. Unfortunately it stopped working after 1 year and 1 week. All focusing (both manual and auto) stopped in the middle of a shoot.

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5.0

Very impressed

By lgar88

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

I have only had a few opportunities to use this new lens, but so far the images are outstanding. I am very impressed with the quality. I debated on whether to buy this or the much more expensive Carl Zeiss. I'm not a professional so I couldn't justify spending that. I'm in love with my Sony A6000 and this lens compliments it nicely!

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5.0

Must for A6300

By Jeff McLaughlin

from Orlando, FL

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

I made the mistake of buying the a 6300 with the kit lens really not knowing which lenses I should buy early on in getting into the new Mirrorless system. Nevertheless within a few weeks this was the first lens purchase and the pictures were dramatically different from the other lens. Granted this is a prime portrait lens where is the kit lens tried to be somewhat of a jack of all trades, but I can tell you that multiple people are now asking me which camera I'm using and which lands and where to get it as a result of seen some of the work with this lens. I'm told the Zeiss equivalent is better but for the price you cannot beat this one. A small fraction of the Zeiss and wonderful images with very little effort. Great bokeh and I have actually found this to be an excellent video lens as well. Extremely high-quality feel.

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4.0

Great price for a F1.8 OSS lens

By Rob from Huntsville

from Huntsville, Al

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

It is light weight and is producing great results on My Sony A6300.

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5.0

Incredible lens!

By Greg

from Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

Very nice bookeh! So sharp, even @ F1.8

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5.0

Excellent!

By Mechanicalmind

from Italy

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

Great lens for the price.

Depth of field at 1.8f is a blade, bokeh effect is spectacular. I bought it while on vacation in NYC and I used it quite extensively.

Great for portraits, it's the equivalent of a ~75mm full frame.

Extremely happy with the purchase.

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5.0

Greate first prime for the APS-C a6300

By JohnQ

from chandler, az

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

I picked up this lens as part of a bundle with my Sony a6300. I thought I would like a fast lens that could give me some bokeh for portrait type shots. This lens fits the bill.

I have taken some shots of the kids and have really been pleased with the images created from this lens. I have attached a picture of a flower I took (which I compared to a similar image taken with the kit lens) just to seen how smooth the bokeh was. It was nice.

Being a fast lens, I have also used in in some low light situations, and combined with the a6300's low light performance I was really happy with the images.

I would recommend this as a "first prime" for anyone with a Sony APS-C mirrorless camera and I am sure I will enjoy having it in my bag.

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4.0

Excellent lens

By Don

from Columbia, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

This is an excellent lens for E-mount cameras. It works with my A7s and a6300.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Addition to the case!

By FotoFan

from Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

I am new to mirrorless photography, having used Canon products for decades (currently a 5D Mk III and T6s), and use 6 "L" lenses, so they are the standard for my comments. Mirrorless seems to have some distinct advantages, so I recently purchased an A6000 to play with and compare. Most of my work is event photography and landscapes, so two distinctly different elements. So far, while the electronic aspect of this gear is difficult for me to adjust to, the image quality of this lens paired with the APS-C format sensor is quite good.

This lens is great for both outside and interior portrait work. It compares quite favourably to the Canon EF 50mm f1.4. The Optically Stabilized feature functions well, compensating for the stop difference between lenses. Auto Focus responds well, with minimal hunting. Canon, you really need to pay attention to this. Bokeh is also comparable. I actually prefer the Sony to the Canon lens for inside event work, due to the OSS function and its comparable speed.

For the investment, it is difficult to go wrong with this lens: probably one of the reasons I had to wait for stock to be replenished before it could be shipped.

My only criticism: Sony, try including a case with your lenses. Your build quality is very strong, but you look chintzy compared to Canon, Nikon and Sigma, when the purchaser is required to buy every accessory except the lens hood. Mirrorless is a unique market, and you will attract a larger fan base through stronger support of this type.

And B & H: my thanks for your usual superb service.

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5.0

Great lens

By Sony

from Atla

Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

Tack sharp

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5.0

Wonderful prime lens!

By Mike

from Orlando, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

    This is a great and affordable lens for any of your Sony cameras. I've got in on an A7S that I used for wedding video and it works like a charm. Snappy AF and allows all of the bells and whistles of the Sony cameras shine, especially for video. The only learning curve if you're coming from Canon/Nikon is the fly-by-wire manual focusing.

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    5.0

    Excellent lens for the money.

    By TCLnj

    from Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey

    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

    A fast prime lens at this price is impressive. So far, it's made me look like a professional with the casual shots I've taken with it. The bokeh is absolutely gorgeous with the f stop wide open. If you have an a6000 or a6300, this is a must-have lens. Looking forward to trying in low light soon.

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    5.0

    It is the best

    By Ayed

    from Saudi Arabia

    Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

    I own sony a6000 with kit lens. I also have 55-210 lnes , 35mm 1.8 lens and 30mm macro lens. I want a sharp portrait lens, so I bought this lens, I love the bokeh of this lens, in my openion this is sharper than 35mm 1.8 lens, I love it so much.

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By Michael

    from Walnut Creek CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

        I paired this lens with a Sony a6300 camera and it works extremely well...very sharp pictures.

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        • No

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sony 50mm

        By Jozef

        from Providence Ri

        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

        Very sharp lens with great functionality for the price.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very happy!

        By KS

        from NJ

        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Silver):

        I am very happy with my purchase! i see now that i can make more beautiful pictures. I am not professional but i really like photography. This lens makes big different about pictures quality

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A must have

        By Anthony

        from Miami, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black):

        I read pretty much every single review on this, if you have an a6000 or a6300. This lens is a must have for this camera, also the price just drop to 248 which was a major plus for me to get.

        Lens is really sharp and that oss helps out alot too

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        • No

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