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3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, May 24, 2012
This review is from: Sony 50mm f/1.8 Mid-Range Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras (Electronics)
It's nice to have a decent prime lens for the NEX system, and the Sony 50 is a decent lens at a decent price. Center sharpness is good. Edge sharpness, even at F/8 is a bit soft. Shooting into bright light, the Sony is prone to flare and noticeable fringing near the image edges. Neither is bad enough to be a deal breaker. This makes a pretty good portrait lens, where edge sharpness isn't that important anyway. It also works well shooting theater rehearsals where center sharpness is most important and the low light capability and image stabilization are the most important qualities.

When compared to my old manual Pentax 50mm 1.7 lens with an adaptor, the Pentax is so much sharper, with better contrast, that, the comparison is not fair. On the other hand, the Sony lens does have very capable image stabilization and focuses quickly and accurately. I compared the Sony lens with the Sigma 30mm E-mount lens and the Sigma is somewhat sharper, center frame, at all apertures, and a lot sharper at the image edges. Again, the Sigma lacks the IS, but does focus quickly. It is also a bit over a stop slower.

One other point: The Pentax 50mm lens, including adaptor, is actually a couple of mm shorter than the Sony lens. It's a shame that we have such small and lightweight cameras with such bulky lenses. Samsung NX cameras are similar in size to the NEX series and Samsung has managed to make some pretty good and small prime lenses, so it is possible when made a corporate priority. The Sony cameras are better cameras, though.

All in all this lens is decent and worth having, and it's at a reasonable price.
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Initial post: Jun 11, 2012 8:21:35 AM PDT
Hi. I liked your review Just one quick question. VS Sigma 30mm f2.8, I know it's 2.8 and not 1.8, and without OSS, but they praise that lens too. Do you know which one would help me get better pictures? I could spend $200 right now... would you recommend waiting a bit to get this one? Regards!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2012 9:32:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2012 9:37:41 AM PDT
Roberto, there are two considerations. Which lens is better depends on what you are photographing and how steady your hands are when you use your camera.

In low light, the Sony 50mm has the advantage of SteadyShot image stabilization and one stop wider aperture. That advantage in aperture means you can use one step lower ISO or one step faster shutter speed. In poor light that is very helpful. In good light, you'll be shooting at a fast enough shutter speed that the SteadyShot doesn't make much, if any, difference. And, Sony's Handheld Twilight camera mode can make up for a lot of camera shake in a lot of situations, and that isn't lens dependent. I have both lenses and use the Sigma 30mm about three to four times as much as the Sony.

That brings me to the other consideration, focal length. Basically, I find that the wider field of view that the Sigma 30mm offers is more useful in more places and times than the Sony 50mm does. Too often I can't get far enough away from the subject with the 50 to get all I want of a shot. Of course, there are times when the longer focal length is good. When taking portraits, it allows for more distance from the subjects, keeping you out of their faces. I also shoot some theater and nightclub scenes. The longer focal length lets me get tighter shots. But those are pretty specialized situations.

One other consideration. The Sigma 30mm is a much shorter lens, which allows me to put my NEX-5n in the pocket of a vest or coat. Barely, but I do it. I wouldn't think of trying that with the Sony 50mm.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 10:01:59 PM PDT
Hi. Thank you so much for your super fast reply, and sorry for replaying so much later. I do love light and 1.8 is a dream come true. But yes I do prefer wider to take once in a while group pictures. After many days of thinking it trough. I decided to get this sigma 30mm. Thanks again!

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 5:31:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2012 5:32:49 PM PST
Capt Bob says:
I had the Samsung NX 1000 with the Kit lens and the Zoom and purchased the 30 MM 2.0 lens because of the Quality of the Kit lens
The 30 was the hands down winner in Clarity and low light But .... I do quite a bit of Video as well and these small little Mirrorless Bodys
do pretty good video and are fast and pretty quick to Focus the 30 2.0 lens was so Noisy in Auto focus it was unusable in Video constant
whirring noise from the AF but a Photo lens was sharp , Got disgusted with the Lenses and Back to BB it went that goodness for the 30 day
return Policy. Ended up with the Sony NEX6 with the kit 16-50 and the 50 1.8 , Talking about going from a Toyota to a Lexus the Sony
Lens quality auto focus and OSS is outstanding even though I really wanted a 30-35 Prime the OSS was important for Video and low light
for me by the way the 50 is a great Video lens , I have since ended up wuth the SEL 18-200 Lens as a Primary although a bit Bulky
once you get used to the weight / Balance it's a true do it all , Will be looking hard at the New Sony 35mm 1.8 Prime due at the Sony store
in Dec this year it Has OSS now , You cant go wrong with the 50 1.8 but keep in mind it is more of an "80" in 35 MM film standards.
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