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About Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless

This Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless Bundle comes with $43.89 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 49mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! .

Get a quality lens with fixed 50mm mid-range telephoto focal length and f/1.8 aperture.

Take advantage of the built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system which provides around a 4-stop shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video. Get beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds thanks to the circular aperture of the large maximum aperture of this lens.

A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens, technology inherited from Sony's professional camcorders, results in smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for recording movies. An elegant aluminum alloy exterior blends beautifully with the graceful design of an E-mount.

Use direct Manual Focus (DMF) to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes to facilitate focus adjustments on the fly it's perfect for portraits where depth of field may be extremely shallow.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)
Best Uses:
Low light (3)

Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless Features

  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.
  • Compact and lightweight
    The SEL50F18 is remarkably compact and lightweight for a large-aperture mid-range telephoto lens (50mm focal length/75mm equivalent in 35mm format).
  • Large F1.8 aperture
    The SEL50F18 has an innovative optical design to achieve clear, high-quality images by effectively minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration. Moreover, the large maximum aperture of this lens with its circular aperture design, can produce beautiful, creamily defocused backgrounds.
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
    Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows the user to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes. In cases where autofocushas trouble locking onto the subject, or when the user wants to focus at a specific point, DMF facilitates fast, easy fine focus adjustments
  • Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing
    Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies. A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens,

Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless Specifications

Aperture (Max.)
F1.8
Aperture (Min.)
f/22
Filter Diameter
49mm
Lens Groups-Elements
8 groups, 9 elements
Minimum Focus Distance
15.3" (0.39m)
AF for Movie Capture
Yes
Angle of View
32 Degree
Aperture Blade
7 blades (Circular aperture)
Dimensions
(Max. Diameter x Length) : 2-1/2 x 2- 1/2" (62x62mm)
Direct Manual Focus
Yes
Exterior Finish
Metal
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
75mm
Internal Motor
Yes (Stepping motor)
Lens Weight
7.25 oz (202g)
Low Noise During Movie Capture
Excellent
Maximum Magnification
0.16x (APS-C)

Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless Reviews

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4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 11 customers

 
4.0

Great glass.

By

from Kansas City

The combination of features produce a one-of-a-kind experience, that a few years back would have not been affordable. Compact, efficient and powerful. The 50mm tells it with punched contrast and confident timing. Works perfectly with the NEX, where it was designed to come to life. You have the technical stuff here, so I'll just end with this, the image stabilization is worth the cost of the glass alone. 1.8 plus stabilization lets you do amazing work and reduces all kinds of effort. It's a great buy.

 
4.0

good

By

from va usa

i wish it could double as a macro lens.

 
5.0

Excellent all around lens

By

from North Carolina

This is a great lens that I have used to take over 5,000 images of food, flowers, people, and much more. The low aperature does a great job at minimizing the focus depth of field, but you need to make sure to keep it far enough away from things to get it to focus (flowers & smaller things). Overall, this is a great lens for the cost.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By

from Baltimore, MD

After buying the NEX-5N I was told by many photographer friends to get a fast fixed lens. I was happy to find out that this lens was well-reviewed and a great value so I decided to buy it. No regrets! I have had this for some months and after getting used to it I am able to take some amazing shots with great clarity. The bokeh is also of very high quality and is the most enjoyable aspect for me. The fast fstop allows great portraits as well. The construction is solid and the focus ring is smooth. A definite must have for any photographer.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NEX essential

By

from Salt Lake City, UT

I read reviews explaining this was a great lens, but I was now prepared for how great. I've had it for 4 months, and it is a dream to work with. The images look great even wide open, and I love the bokeh effect. The focus ring is very smooth which makes it extremely easy to get your tiny depth of field right where you want it manually. If you use the NEX camera you simply have to buy this lens (why else would you buy it?). The only drawback is the lack of any indicator as to where your depth of field is on the lens. That would have been nice, but as stated it's not hard be accurate with just your eye or the peaking function. At $300 this is almost a steal.

 
5.0

Beautiful lens

By

from San diego california  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Is the best lens. Very sharp and in low light is amazing. The only bad thing is manual focus. You have to turn the ring so many times to get your subjet in focus

 
5.0

fast and sharp

By

from New York City  -  Pro Photographer

great value for the money! Seems sharp at all f stops. Not as sharp as my old 50 1.4 Planar, but what is.

 
5.0

excellent, fast lens

By

from Chicago IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very fast focus during indoor/low light settings (esp. compared to 18-55mm kit lens.) F/1.8 allows quicker shutter speeds, decreasing motion blur during live events, such as concerts. It is slightly heavier than 18-55mm kit lens, but worth carrying for specific shoots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

OSS is great, not the best AF

By

from los angeles  -  Casual Photographer

Switched to this from a manual Canon FD 50mm 1.4. I do feel the 2/3 stop of loss in light having made the switch, but I also do video so the OSS more than makes up for it. AF can be a little slow, though it may just be me needing to get used to using CDAF in low light situations. Overall a worthy buy. Might be a little tight for some people indoors so make sure you know what you're getting into by using the kit lens at 50mm before buying this one.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing value

By

from Southern California

This is an outstanding lens for the money, and would be a bargain even at a much higher price. I like shooting portraits, A LOT. For serious shoots I use an A77 camera with a 25-year-old Minolta 85mm F1.4 portrait lens, but for casual shoots (when traveling) the 50mm F1.8 OSS on my NEX5n is very hard to beat. It is not as long as I prefer for head shoots (FF equivalent of 75mm instead of my preferred 135mm), it is perfect for head and shoulder portraits or people at work portraits. What really surprised me is the quality of bokeh and just how sharp the lens is. Bokeh is creamilicious, almost of the same quality as my Minolta 85 (a legendary lens for beautiful bokeh). Sharpness is even better than the Zeiss 24mm from F4 and color is almost as rich, but wide open its a bit soft at the edges. Of course, since I use this as a portrait lens, I'm usually shooting wide open and blurring whatever is on the edges anyway. Outdoors in daylight I use a 3 stop neutral density filter to keep this wide-open, and usually keep the NEX5n down under ISO 800. Indoors, I've shot this lens by firelight and with the OSS still get sharp handheld shots (down to 1/15th second at ISO 800). This is a specialty lens, unlike the old nifty fifties form the film days. As a short telephoto, this is really only used for photographing people or objects, rather than places. Still, I bring it with me more often than I leave it at home. Combined with the also outstanding (though far more expensive) Zeiss 24mm, this lens is part of an extremely versatile travel outfit.

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heather t  Also, what is the best resource to learn basics for this lens ?
ACCOUNTS P  What's to learn? Point and shoot.
heather t  Is this the lens that fits on the a6000? -Newbie
MIKHAIL A  Probably not
Helle H  can this be used with sony a7?
JAMES M  Yes, but the A7 will automatically go into crop mode when you put this lens on it.
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