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

(based on 234 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (184)

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    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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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

A Good Lens

By Joseph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The lens pairs well with the Sony 6000 line. Build quality is good for a lens at this price point. It focuses quickly and well, image quality is good, and users should be pleased with the output. There is little to complain about the lens, and while it is not in the same category of G lens, it is well worth the money for Sony's limited APS-C sensor offerings.

 
5.0

F8 scalpel....super sharp!

By Rj

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great quality shape piece of glass...and for the price, the best sony has to offer for the price. Great street photography and portrait lens. Super sharp at F8! Tight fit to body and nice finish.

 
5.0

great lens.

By Gamal

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

exceptionally sharp lens, have tried in low light and it performed perfectly. I only had for a week, used a few times since I bought and I'm very please with my purchase.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (Black)

By Isabel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this lens about 3 weeks ago and I have not taken it off my camera yet.
This is a PERFECT portrait lens for my Sony a6000.
This lens is fast and it provides super creamy bokeh that makes background blur and subject separation virtually seamless.
After a few weeks of much research and consideration between the 50mm & the 35mm, I settled for this beauty!
This lens has exceeded all of my expectations. The speed, the picture quality, the build.
Because of this lens I purchased my own studio lights and I am indulging in the world of portrait photography.
This is a MUST HAVE in your arsenal.
10/10 RECOMMEND!

 
4.0

Solid portrait lens at a good price

By Johnathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I mainly use my cameras for some candid portrait shots, cityscape photography and video. This lens does a great job with all of them. I noticed that there seems to be a tiny tiny amount of play with regard to the e-mount connection. I didn't notice that with the kit lens, so I need to read up a bit on whether that is just me or something that others have also noticed.

Still, it doesn't really affect what I'm doing. I do want to pick up the 35mm but need to wait since that one is quite a bit pricier. On the wish list!

 
5.0

Great lens

By tea

from texas

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens. I bought this mostly for run and gun video on a gimbal so I'll speak to it from that stand point. It's a great inexpensive fast lens that focuses well and is sharp. I usually have it at f4 or f1.8 (if I'm in low light). The OSS still helps even on a hand-held gimbal. This was my second prime for the Sony alpha series (first was a 19mm Sigma).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sharp and light. Perfect for the a6500

By Tony

from Bay Area

Verified Buyer

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

I have all the fancy FE lenses for my two A7S' but they are so bulky for the 6500 for just casual shooting. i bought my daughter this 50 for her 6000 and was impressed and so I bought one for candids. Lovely depth of field, super fast focus and tack sharp. Or spend a grand on the FE 50 for about the same results minus stabilization. With the 10-18 f4 and this you can do almost anything. Really great value.

 
4.0

Great for Photos - too noisy for video

By mark

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I use this with an a6300.  It is reasonably quick to focus and produces nice images even wide open.   In video mode though things are a bit more problematic.   It tends to hunt a little, but worse yet when it does so the motor is quit noisy - enough so that it can be picked up on the recording.   Like the lens - but you will need to move the mic away from the lens to keep it from picking up motor movement.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yes I would if needed

By Fred

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Thumbs up on all accounts

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful

By Yaron

from Undisclosed

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

Amazing glass for the prise gives you beautiful bokeh with good enough sharpness.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sony 50 ml

By Rich

from Undisclosed

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

Love. Amazing quality.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sony e nifty 50

By Rich

from Undisclosed

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

Amazing!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I would buy this product again

By Baton

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Lens is very good! Excellent for portraits, great bokeh, sharp picture. The Hood could be better.
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5.0

Powerhouse lens

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens to pair with the sony A6000 for beginners. 1.8 aperture looks awesome for portraits

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the price

By Kaihang

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very good portrait lens. Worth the price

 
5.0

Nice and affordable

By Scott

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Wanted a fast prime lens for portraits and low light. This fit the bill at a reasonable price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Jonas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is wonderful. I wanted to take better pictures of my dogs and the lens was highly recommended by a photographer friend of mine. When I started using it with my Sony a6300. It did not disappoint!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great lens for really low light conditions

By STEVEN

from Undisclosed

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

I have the A6300 and it is a camera that I love. I have all the Sigma prime lenses...the 19, 30 and 60MM.  I also have the Sony 55-210 zoom lens. It is OK....good for long shots....but I wanted a low light lens. Something for dark city nights. 

Saw the reviews of the Sony 50MM 1.8 with OSS and decided to try it out. 

What a great lens. I shot the attached photo at 10:30PM on a dark cloudy night. The scene is my back yard. I have a window with my computer light and it is beaming out to the trees. There is some sky glow from the downtown area about 2 miles away.
Shot at 8000 ISO / F1.8 with an exposure of 25 seconds. 

When I opened up the file, I could not believe what I saw.....I was not able with my eyes see anything in the back yard.....with this lens....well you can see what it is capable of.

Also shot a little flower that seems to be a late bloomer. Great Boket and sharp. These photos are not retouched, They are as they came from the A6300 (reduced in size to download to this site.

I highly recommend this lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great image quality..........

By Raoul

from East Brookfield, MA

Verified Buyer

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

I'm using this lens on an A6300. After reading so much criticism of the kit lens I purchased the body without a lens, so I can't give a comparison.
Focus is very fast & positive. You have to understand that this camera needs vertical contrast in order to focus. It won't detect horizontal contrast. But in most real-world situations you won't have any problems.
This lens feels well made and the hood mount positively for use and also in reverse for storage. If you're looking for a quality mild telephoto e-mount lens, this is the one you should consider. Images are sharp, with nice contrast.........A++

 
4.0

Nice lens for the price

By Mr otter

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is perfect for portrait photography, and product shots. I use it to film art tutorials as well.

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