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

(based on 219 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (173)

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    (40)

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    (6)

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    (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

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!

(1 of 1 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.

 
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.

 
5.0

Better than expected

By Stuart

from KC Missouri

Verified Buyer

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

After reading a few negative and positive reviewers' thoughts on the lens, I made the decision to try. I am glad I did. The lens is small and lite, but delivers excellent image quality on my A7. The extra f/stop given low light situations helped out with IQ and not needing a flash or adding ISO sensitivity. The pixel peeper in me, did show some softness at the extreme edges, as compared to the FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Zeiss, but it's so much cheaper with minor IQ deltas.
I like this lens!
Would I buy it again? Yes.

 
4.0

Very nice!

By Andy

from Easton, PA

Verified Buyer

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

While I haven't gotten to use this lens extensively, I took it with me on a recent trip to Europe and shot some photos with it. I really like the speed and bokeh of the thing. It's a great portrait lens, but I feel that the field is just a little too narrow for a "walk around" lens. If you want a walk the streets utility lens, I'd probably go for the 35mm version, which I'll also buy next. Either way, I'm happy I bought it, and I'd buy it again.

 
5.0

Excellent product!

By nomsandbeyond

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

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

This lens was the perfect purchase since I do food and portrait photography. This is a fixed lens and does not zoom but it takes you pretty close. The auto-focus is slow but not too big of a problem.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The CREAMIEST lens!!

By Toshi_Meister

from Denver, CO

Verified Buyer

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

My GOD this lens is GOOD!! That was my first impression. For its price, I don't think you can find a better lens for the Sony A Series. The bokeh is creamy as butter and the image quality is splendid. I've used it for a couple of portrait shots and it's the best I've ever used!! Best decision I've made when it comes to lens. BUY IT!! YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!

 
5.0

Love it more I use it...

By CP

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

Just starting to expand my lens collection with my a6300 and this was the perfect starting point. When it arrived, I tested the lens through the aperture range down to f8 and the sharpness exceeds the kit zoom (as expected) in all cases - especially at the corners. In practice, it takes lovely portrait shots and is perfect for family photos.

 
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!

 
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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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

 
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.

 
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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