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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)
- Minimum Focus Distance : 1.28 ft (0.39 m), Maximum Magnification ratio : 0.16x, Focal-Length : 50 mm
- Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
- Large F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects
- Lens not Zoomable
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH116|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Image Stabilization||4 stop claimed|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.44 inches|
|Item Weight||0.45 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.39 m|
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|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)||Sony FE||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.44 in||2.48 x 1.77 x 2.48 in||3.43 x 4.09 x 4.69 in||2.4 x 2.2 x 2.4 in|
|Item Weight||7.13 ounces||5.47 ounces||0.65 lb||—|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||normal||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50||60 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||35 millimeters||50||60 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 millimeters||49 millimeters||—||60 millimeters|
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
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.
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.
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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Top Customer Reviews
Very sharp across the frame, even wide open
Low distortion for lens class
Effective Shake Reduction (OSS)
Purple fringing and longitudinal CA from f/1.8 to f/2.8 or so.
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.
The optical performance of this lens is astounding, the only real drawback is the longitudinal CA (magenta/green fringing in the out of focus areas), which also leads to purple fringing. This effect is most noticeable from f/1.8 to f/2.8 or so.
The lens resolves well corner to corner at all apertures, but is just outstanding from f/2.8 on up. To avoid the CA issue for landscapes, shoot at f/4 and up and you will get a very clean image.
Lens distortion is very minor for this class of lens, and is slightly pincushion. It might also be slightly complex, a little bit of wave to it, but it is pretty minor.
Overall, I am very impressed by this lens, and there is little reason to shoot older legacy 50mm lenses unless you want to go cheap, just like manual focus, or like the character of a particular older lens. This lens performs significantly better than most of the older lenses. The range finder lenses might still hold some appeal due to the small size, but this lens is comparable to the adapted 50mm SLR lenses, so they don't have any size advantage.
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This lens will get you that awesome blurred background and foreground effect that everybody loves normally see when they pay a professional photographer to take their family or personal photos.
If you have a Alpha 6000 camera then this is a must have lens. I was looking at the Zeiss 55mm prime also which has the highest rating as far as quality image goes on DXO Review Site goes for the best prime lenses on the Sony A6000 specifically but it also has a $1000 price tag which really didn't stop me from buying it if i thought it was better but the lack of OSS "Optical Image Stabilization" which helps improve night shots and prevents video distortion was what made me buy this lens instead.
I never leave reviews normally due to time restraints but I have to urge A6000 camera owners to please buy this lens for your camera if you want to really make the A6000 spit out superb high quality photographs that when taken right will need zero editing.
- Picture quality is a good as my Nikon d-SLR with a 50mm F/1.8 prime on it.
- Background blur (ie: Bokeh) is smooth & creamy looking. Better than with the kit 18-55 lens.
- It's actually quite nice to have OSS on a 50mm prime lens. I don't really think it changes anything for photos (it's more of a portrait lens) but it's almost a must for hand-held video shooting (video is too shaky without OSS enabled).
- Hand-held low-light "blow on a candle - face in focus - everything else blurred" awesome looking videos now possible with this lens ;)
- Advice for beginners: don't buy a 300$ 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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is fantastic with this lens, creating the ever elusive Bokeh...Read more