The Sony SAL-50F18 boasts a large aperture which makes it easy to get great-looking portrait shots. The SAL50F18 is one of the first fixed focal length lenses in the DT series, which is designed exclusively for a DSLRs that use an APS-C type sensor. Make the move from the standard zoom and explore the world of portrait photography with the SAL-50F18 lens for your a DSLR camera.
The Sony 50mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Weddings and more.The Sony 50mm F/1.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Sony 50mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 50mm F/1.8: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh
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The 50mm f/1.8 has become a standard lens for all camera manufactures. The Sony holds it's own and arguably, if you believe several reviews I've read, surpasses most if not all of them including Canon and Nikon's. The one knock on the Sony vs. the others was the price $149 vs $115 for the Canon and $135 for the Nikon. I see now that Sony has it on sale for $124 making it an even better deal. I didn't believe it at first when I read that the Sony was superior to the Canon and Nikon in almost e...View full Review
The 50mm f/1.8 has become a standard lens for all camera manufactures. The Sony holds it's own and arguably, if you believe several reviews I've read, surpasses most if not all of them including Canon and Nikon's. The one knock on the Sony vs. the others was the price $149 vs $115 for the Canon and $135 for the Nikon. I see now that Sony has it on sale for $124 making it an even better deal. I didn't believe it at first when I read that the Sony was superior to the Canon and Nikon in almost every category accept build. Now after shooting with this lens for 3-4 weeks I believe the reviews. This lens is very sharp and the auto focus is very fast and accurate with this lens attached to my A330. The build is not such an important matter to me since I don't find myself in harsh or rugged shooting situations. This for me is a nice still life or portrait lens and it does well as both. I uploaded both a still life shot and a candid portrait as my examples each of which was shot at standard room lighting without a flash. My one small grip is the focal length itself. Since this is a DT lens intended for APS-C sensor cameras the focal length (a 75mm equivalent to a 35mm or full size sensor) is a bit long. In other words for a DT lens something like a 40mm would have been nice but since there is no such thing this is the closest I could come. The 75mm (35mm equivalent) does make it a great focal length for portrait shots however when using a cropped sensor camera. The lens is so nice Sony practically made it the best reason to not buy the more expensive 50mm f1.4 The only reasons I could think of to possibly spend the extra money are if you do shoot in harsh situations and need the extra build quality or if your using a full frame camera. In short, practically a must have lens especially at the price.
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A good lens
- Used on a Sony Alpha 200 & 350. - On Alpha mount cameras, this lens performs as a 75mm short telephoto. This makes it good for people pictures. If you would like to take photos of family, friends, and/or candids on the street, you will enjoy the lens. Good for serious portraits as well. While outdoor scenery photos can certainly be taken, this is not the forte of this lens length. - The lens allows for low light photography because of the f1.8 capability. Results are sharp at all apertures,...View full Review
- Used on a Sony Alpha 200 & 350. - On Alpha mount cameras, this lens performs as a 75mm short telephoto. This makes it good for people pictures. If you would like to take photos of family, friends, and/or candids on the street, you will enjoy the lens. Good for serious portraits as well. While outdoor scenery photos can certainly be taken, this is not the forte of this lens length. - The lens allows for low light photography because of the f1.8 capability. Results are sharp at all apertures, and are also reasonably sharp on the edges of the images. This same feature makes it very easy to focus on the subject, while blurring-out the background. - After mounting, you'll notice the viewfinder becomes much brighter. - Lens comes with built-in "hood." What actually happens is the front glass becomes recessed inside the casing of the lens. This does afford some protection from direct light hitting the lens glass. However, filters are mounted to the very front of the case, and do not recess. This makes the lens very prone to flare (see accessories below). - Auto-focus is very fast. The front part of the casing rotates when focusing. Like all lenses, auto-focus in very low light is difficult. Switching to manual focus isn't difficult and cures the problem. - I'm very pleased with the sharpness of images. - Recommended accessories (filter size is 49mm): -- RLH49, 49mm Rubber Lens Hood (filter screw-in type) -- 66042177, B + W 49mm Digital Pro Skylight 1A Multi Coated (2C) Glass Filter (KR1.5) -- 7072, Nikon Lens Pen (cleans lens and filters) - For outdoors, also recommend a circular polarizer. I just got the B + W, and it's great. -- 66017403, B + W 49mm Digital Pro Circular Polarizer Multi Coated Glass Filter -- A49CRPLGB, Hoya 49mm Circular Polarizer Multi Coated Glass Filter -- 49CP, Tiffen 49mm Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
Reviewed by 31 customers
Learned a lot from this lens when it comes to composing and shooting objects. With that said, this lens like everyone says is perfect for low light and/or shooting objects, nice bokeh etc. However the main reason i purchased this lens is for portraits basing it on other reviews i thought this lens would work for me but it didn't. This lens on APS-C is not that great for portrait as expected it makes some people's faces look wide. Shoot with caution when shooting people with this lens. I'm jumping to the next 1 on the line which is 85mm.
I use this lens for low light settings. It does the job with out any trouble at all. I didn't have to break the bank to purchase a great lens.
Serious amatuer photographers on a budget will love this lens. Great photos are captured with its f/1.8 aperature. Great for cropped-sensor cameras, it takes stunning portraits, and its fixed focal length is a winner for those days when you need to carry light for your street photography outings. It boasts a super smooth (and quiet) autofocus. While it doesn't affect the performance of this lens whatsoever, it doesn't come with a lens hood. It would have been nice to include one for that time when you absolutely need it.
I was skeptical when ordering this lens, but ordered it anyway. Shipping and packaging from Adorama is Top Notch as Always!!! The Lens..not so much. Was testing out the lens, a couple times the lens was completely unresponsive on my Sony A65, the autofocus wouldn't respond at all. Had to take the lens off and restart the camera, then it would function. Only happened a couple times, but did happen. Have to keep trying to "Better" the autofocus. When the focus just needed to be tweaked a tad, the auto focus would go way out of range, then only to return to focus close to where it needed to me. The adjustment for focusing the lens in manual or autofocus, sounds like it has sandpaper for bearings, very rough and noisy. Now i do know this is an in-expensive lens, but the quality of the lens I would expect from a real off brand company. Surprised Sony would put their name on this lens. Bought this lens to shoot a party I was going to, luckily I found someone selling older Minolta lenses that were of much better quality. I'm sure the higher priced Sony Lenses are fine, Just don't try and save a buck with this lens its just not worth it.
Hello everyone, it is all my fault for buying cheep, this lens has a Red outline on the subjects, it gives a sheep look to the picture, this could work for some people if that is the look you are after. Best Wishes Milton
I bought this lens because I really wanted a portrait lens with a wide aperture, and I was very excited to get it. But upon buying it, I've noticed that pictures I've taken where my subject is in direct sunlight or is backlit, are subjected to EXTREME color fringing. The lens is great, and the fringing is easily corrected in Lightroom, but it is just a big let down that my images are fringing so badly. The lens takes semi-sharp images, and is great for what it is, but that color fringing is just such a huge deterring factor for recommending it to anyone else. Overall, it's an awesome prime lens. It has the ability to produce really shallow depth of field and works great in low light conditions. On the flip side though, the images aren't as sharp as they should be and color fringing is far too noticeable.
Just brought this lens today, and so far its very impressive. very clear lens and sharp, loving that can get better low light portraits shots.
I decided to wait a few weeks and put the lens through projects requiring a 50mm lens. I was completely impressed with the capabilities of this lens in relation to the price. It delivered crisp tack sharp images over and over without requiring minute adjusting on my part. I have read other reviews if this lens where the reviewed complained that is was "plastic" feeling. It doesn't matter how it feels, it matters how it delivers image quality. This lens is ideal if you need a 50mm prime, and most people do!
This lens is fantastic. The photos are sharp, and it's fast so you can easily capture those shots in lower light. A no brainer, this should be one of the first lenses you add to your collection.
This is an extremely wonderful lens and it's the best choice to shoot portraits! Thanks adorama :D the best purchase till now!!!!
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