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Sony50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
 
4.6

(based on 167 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (114)
  • Easily interchangeable (90)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (85)
  • Consistent output (79)
  • Nice bokeh (63)

Cons

  • Weak casing (20)
  • Slow focus (16)
  • Plastic construction (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (103)
  • Weddings (61)
  • Night photography (53)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Macro photography (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (67), Semi-pro photographer (32), Casual photographer (30), Photography student (6), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (96), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Performs like a $[$]lens!

Perfect for portrait photography and closer shots (not macro)
This lens is great at blurring out backgrounds. See attached photo example.

I use this lens with my Sony a77
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Perfect for portrait photography and closer shots (not macro)
This lens is great at blurring out backgrounds. See attached photo example.

I use this lens with my Sony a77

Would HIGHLY recommend. Best value hands down.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

One of my favorite lenses

Use for low light shots indoors. Also use for people pictures. After getting used to the lens, I can blur the background out by setting to f/1.8. Tried using outdoors, but...Read complete review

Use for low light shots indoors. Also use for people pictures. After getting used to the lens, I can blur the background out by setting to f/1.8. Tried using outdoors, but lens is not ideal for scenery: too narrow field of view. Also when outdoors and using a circular polarizer, the sun easily catches the filter and may ruin the shot. Needs a lens hood of some kind, one that will cover the filter. Another annoyance is that you must set the circular polarizer after focusing, since that part of the lens rotates when focusing.
Pictures are sharp and clear.

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5.0

Best deal in town...ever.

By Robert

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

This lens is a steal.  They sacrificed some build quality by reducing some metal, but MORE than made up for it with the optics.  This lens is tack sharp.  
I did a bit of research over at DXO, and for my SonyA77II, only a Zeiss lens beat it for sharpness...by a hair... a hair.  The Zeiss lens would run you 1500 bucks.  Need I say more? 
You won't ever get a sharper lens for the money...ever.

 
5.0

Appears to be a good lens for the money

By Steve the Amateur

from Tampa, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

I needed a faster lens for my Sony a57 DSLR for indoor/low light situations. This lens meets my needs and for a moderate price.

 
5.0

I would buy this lens again.

By Chelsi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

I am a beginner/hobby photographer and this has been a great lens for me to practice taking portraits of my daughter!

 
4.0

A nifty-fifty!

By Carlton

from South Carolina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

Good 50mm lens for portraits and low light on a Sony A-57 (APSC sensor). Obviously doesn't have the sharpness and background bokeh of a Sigma Art lens, but it's also nowhere near the price, either. Only downside I've found so far is that it doesn't come with a lens hood. Actually, it doesn't even have the bayonet for a lens hood - you have to buy a third-party hood that screws into the filter thread.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect on time!

By Malvina

from Jersey City, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

I bought the lens for my cousin and she is happy waiting for it in Argentina!

 
5.0

Love it!

By Katt

from Ca

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

Great for portrait shots. Great for low light pictures. Love it!

 
5.0

Great replacement

By Jon J

from Lincolnton, NC

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

I've been shooting with an old Minolta Maxxum 50mm that finally died. Got this to replace it. Focus is quick and accurate, images are crisp, and minimum focus distance is notably better.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Ale

from Orlando, FL

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Macro

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    Overall i am in love with this lens. Cannot complain with the price point and quality I have received with the lens. Great for close ups and portrait images like I bought it for. Would definitely suggest.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Super!

    By Noahs Photography

    from Warrenton, Va

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    This lens is the best! I would say the system is 90% accurate, but quit quick too. Nice and small. Excellent bokeh! Don't let the low price fool you this is a very nice lens.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good Service

    By Theguz

    from Kelowna, BC! canada

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    Got here in great time and in good condition

     
    5.0

    My new favorite lens

    By Ellie531

    from LI, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I just had a baby boy in December and was taking a lot of photos using my Sigma 50mm macro lens, but he moved so fast, it was hard to get a clear shot. I found this one and it hasn't come off my camera since it was delivered. It is great for portriats. I can't wait until the weather gets nicer and we can use it outside. The price is great for the quality of the pictures you will get.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Sony Lens

      By James

      from Birmingham

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      Very good lens. Very pleased.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great purchase!!

      By Kshinn

      from Pottsville, AR

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I am new to the camera world, and a 50mm was highly recommended! I am very much impressed!!

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By jurikn12

      from Holland, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Video

      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I use this for photos and video. It has very smooth auto-focus and is generally pretty quiet. The photos are very sharp and look great. It is a great quality lens. The only thing I found wrong with it was that the mounting ring on the lens is not completely metal. That is a very small issue with an overall great lens.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Una lente muy luminosa

      By Astrocucho

      from Toluca, Mexico

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

        Adquirí esta lente para captura de video y fotos en ambientes de poca luz como festivales escolares. Puedo reducir el tiempo de exposición hasta en un factor de 6 con respecto a la lente SAL1855 que venía de serie con la cámara Sony Alfa 55.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Short but spot on!!

        By Saxman

        from Arkansas

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Rugged

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          We bought this for our daughter in law and she loves it! It is exactly what she wanted and offers her further options for her picture taking! Would highly recommend this product!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Amazing!

          By Amazing

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          At first I was skeptical on purchasing this lens because of the mixed reviews! But needless to say I am so glad I bought this lens. It does everything I need it to do and the bokeh is great! I mainly use it to film my YouTube videos and I love how it blurs out the background of my videos! It is also great with taking pictures. It takes a little getting use to because it is a prime lens, so you cannot zoom. But you get use to it! If you're going to be purchasing your first lens besides the 18-55mm lens I would highly recommend this one!

           
          5.0

          Good entry levek

          By Shoreguy

          from Down the shore nj

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          Check out Depth of Field as a procedure

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Compact and bright

          By ApyhP

          from Fargo, ND

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

            I use it on my SLT-A65. It is quite compact and very fast to focus as well. Although I have zooms that work in the same range they are not f1.8 and they are not light or bright as this one. This lens has very few shortcomings that does affect it's functionality. They include, (1) it is plastic light, (2) The focusing ring is not well demarcated, and (3) Canon and Nikon make similar 50mm (eg: Nikon 50/1.8D - $ on BH) that is a bit heavier but works as well as this lens or are even sharper and at the same price point or less they are full frame as well. In case in the future you will move to a full frame camera this lens would have served it's purpose. All the same this lens does what it is supposed to and I am more than satisfied with the job it does.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Great Prime Lens

            By Frozen Alaska Blonde

            from Alaska

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

              I love the clarity of this lens! Nice lens to add to your collection.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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