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Sony 50mm f/1.8 Mid-Range Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras

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  • Fixed 50mm mid-range telephoto focal length (35mm format equivalent: 75mm)
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Large F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects

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Sony 50mm f/1.8 Mid-Range Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras + Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera - Body only (Silver) + Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Lens for Sony E-Mount Cameras (Silver)
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Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Large F1.8 aperture. Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing. Compact and lightweight Direct Manual Focus (DMF)

From the Manufacturer

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E 50mm F1.8 OSS Prime Lens

This 50mm mid range telephoto lens offers a focal length that is perfect for portraiture and a range of other subjects, a bright F1.8 maximum aperture, Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization and impressive image quality, all in a surprisingly compact and lightweight package. Add responsive, quiet autofocus and aperture operation, and you have a lens that is ideally suited to shooting movies as well as stills.

E 50mm F1.8 OSS Prime Lens


Circular Aperture
Lens-based optical image stabilization

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

Lens-based optical image stabilization

Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.

Additional Features

Internal focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.

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2011 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographic and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice. Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, BRAVIA Sync, Cyber-shot, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Duo, the Memory Stick logo, Optical SteadyShot, Remote Commander, Smile Shutter, Stamina, SteadyShot, Theatre Sync, TruBlack, and Xtra Fine LCD are trademarks of Sony. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

Product Details

Color Name: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B005NX7HY6
  • Item model number: SEL50F18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 24, 2011

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have four Sony lenses and one Sigma lens and the 50mm f/1.8 is the best of the bunch.
Amazon Customer
This lens is sharp; it's a good value; it focuses pretty well and silently; it works well for cinema/movie/video; it is fast and has very nice bokeh.
Hafharhrhr Amalmahay
I needed a lens with good low light to shoot dancers in action, without boosting ISO too much.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

162 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2012
Color Name: Silver
Very sharp across the frame, even wide open
Low distortion for lens class
Silent AF
Effective Shake Reduction (OSS)

Purple fringing and longitudinal CA from f/1.8 to f/2.8 or so.

Bottom Line:
Finally a great lens that shows off the NEX system for a reasonable price. It is a bit more expensive than other 50mm f/1.8 lenses, but has built in OSS that is very effective and performs superbly. Very sharp even in the corners.

The lens is about the same size as some of the other NEX lenses like 30mm f/3.5 Macro, and is actually about the same size as an old manual focus 50mm SLR lens adapted to the NEX system. So it isn't compact, but not huge either. I also like that there is a lot of glass in the lens so it feels nicely weighted.

Construction is similar to other NEX lenses, with a nice machined aluminum barrel, and this has the better nickel plated brass lens mount (the 16mm has a cheaper feeling aluminum mount, but it is also slightly lighter).

The lens comes with a deeply recessed bayonet hood that can be reversed on the lens for storage, and a center pinch lens cap that is a bit finicky to get on and off with the hood since it slips out of my grasp when I try to squeeze the tabs.

Auto focus is typical of NEX lenses. Be sure to disable your focus assist light for fastest focus. The light doesn't work well with this lens and actually makes focus less reliable and slower. The auto focus mechanism is completely silent and is also very smooth.

The shake reduction is probably good for 3 stops with me. I was able to get almost all shots sharp at 1/25, and 80% at 1/13. By 1/6 I still had 80% of the shots usable, but they weren't as sharp as the 1/13 and up shots.
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177 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. on March 31, 2012
Color Name: Silver
I'm "disappointed" that my $4,000 (if you can find one at retail) Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 didn't blow this $300 Sony lens out of the water. This will be a limited, non-technical review, as there are plenty of in-depth reviews on-line already, and my quick comparisons were only done at f/2.0. First, I shot both lenses using my tripod mounted Sony Nex-7 APS-C at 1/125 sec, manually focusing on a building and street construction across the street from my loft. The average person would not be able to chose which photo was "best," though the aspherical lens Leica had a very slight edge (sharpness, distortion, color e.g.) over the Sony. I then shot close-ups at ~3 ft, table mounted, 1/30th sec, f/2.0. Bokeh and sharpness on the Leica was only slightly better, unnoticeable to most, and again the Sony performed beautifully in this David versus Goliath comparison. Of course, for my extra $3700 I can open the Leica to f/1.4 and leave the Sony in tears. Or did I just see the egoless but autofocusing and anti-shake Sony wisely smile at my all-manual big-ego Leica?
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Frank Martin on March 31, 2012
Color Name: Silver
- I use this lens with a Nex-5N

- Picture quality is a good as my Nikon d-SLR with a 50mm F/1.8 prime on it.

- Background blur (ie: Bokeh) is smooth & creamy looking. Better than with the kit 18-55 lens.

- It's actually quite nice to have OSS on a 50mm prime lens. I don't really think it changes anything for photos (it's more of a portrait lens) but it's almost a must for hand-held video shooting (video is too shaky without OSS enabled).

- Hand-held low-light "blow on a candle - face in focus - everything else blurred" awesome looking videos now possible with this lens ;)

- Advice for beginners: don't buy a 300$ prime lens unless you know you want or need one. Shooting with a fixed focal lenght is entirely different dynamics than with a 18-55mm zoom. Achieving spot-on focus @ F/1.8 is also harder than with 18-55m kit lens @F/5.6 (example here: you take a close-up portrait of somebody and front of nose is in focus yet eyes are a bit soft and ears are completely out of focus)

Edit: two months of ownership, and this lens is awesome for video shoots. While I won't compare this with professional stuff, my Nex-5N + 50mm F/1.8 shoots absolutely incredible videos, even indoors. I've pretty much stopped using the kit 18-55 lens now ...
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Eric on April 29, 2012
Color Name: Silver
This lens has not been widely available for nearly a year after it was announced. I finally got one last week (April 2012). So in the meantime I have been shooting mostly with an old Nikkor 50 f/1.4 on a Sony E mount adapter, so that is what I will compare it to. I love this focal length, which is about a 75mm equivalent 'portrait' kind of lens on the Sony NEX series crop sensor. It's a fairly tight lens that makes it great for detailed shots of people, and with a fast prime it allows you to get lovely soft 'bokeh' focus at wider f stops. Now, the problem with the old Nikkor is it's not autofocus, not auto aperture, and not stabilized. The stabilization is sorely missed, as I really like to use the NEX-5n for it's incredible video shooting at 24p. Handheld with a non-stabilized lens, this is very jittery, I mainly have used a tripod doing this. Also, it takes a lot of effort to manually focus a 50mm, especially when shooting near wide open, as the focus field is extremely shallow. Also, the old Nikkor has fairly poor contrast on the NEX for some reason, and needs quite a bit of post processing to correct the contrast.

So. This E mount 50 should remedy nearly all of these shortcomings. Stabilized, auto aperture and focus, and the contrast is very good. It's slightly slower at 1.8 rather than 1.4 but here's the thing: 1.4 has such shallow focus it's almost too much, very difficult to focus. Your subject's nose will be in focus but her ears may not be! I found myself stopping down to around f/2 much of the time on the Nikkor. So, f/1.8 is just fine.

Still, it's nice to be able to manual focus much of the time when your subject is not centered or a filming situation where you might want to rack focus from one subject to another and then back again, for instance.
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