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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in all respects - except size, May 16, 2012
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This review is from: Sony 50mm f/1.8 Mid-Range Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras (Electronics)
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. Stablization works very well on both stills and video. Other reviewers have comments on this which all I would agree with. So what's not to like?

What I would take issue with is the size. It's a big as the kit normal zoom, actually slightly bigger. Look, Sony, the reason we are buying an NEX camera is because they are a lot smaller than the SLR competition. Problem is, almost none of your lenses are small. I know it's possible to design more compact primes lenses, because Sigma is doing it for NEX E mount. Sony has one nice compact lens for this mount, the 16 2.8 pancake I'm sure everyone is familiar with. I have that lens and it's really the only option if you want to take the camera along and maybe stick it in your pocket. But it's image quality is merely good, not great.

I feel the NEX series is easily best interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on the market. However, the lenses are still few and far between and too large. It's especially hard to believe that Sony doesn't even have a normal fast prime for this mount, which accounting for sensor size would be a focal length of about 30 or 35mm at f/2 or at least f/2.8. Sigma has one at f/2.8 at least that's inexpensive, but not stabilized, so that's what I would be looking at at this point to round out my basic-3 collection (16mm wide, 30mm normal, 50mm near-tele). As it is I'm using an old Nikkor 28mm f2.8 on an adapter, which is actually a very nice lens on an NEX. But large and manual everything and no stabilization.

At the moment, this 50mm f/1.8 is your only option if you want a very sharp, stabilized, fast prime on the NEX series. That's good, but it's also too bad.
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