Sony 50mm F/1.8 OSS E-mount NEX Camera Lens, Black

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

Sony 50mm F/1.8 Mirrorless Reviews

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(based on 15 reviews)


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Reviewed by 15 customers




from Harrisburg, PA

THe lens works just great with the A6000, gets the shots as expected. I have just one disappointment, it sucks the life out of the Battery. With only a few shots, under 5, I loose as much as 20% of the Battery. I mostly manual adjust the lens and then let it auto focus once I've framed the shot. Not sure If this is normal or just how I use it.


Easy to use. Great shots.


from Dallas, Tx

This lens is easy to use and takes great photos. Used it extensively in the Canadian Rockies for both telephoto and macro shots. Very impressive results. A great compliment to the 18-50 that came with the camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


excellent optics


from Salem Oregon

I enjoy the use of this lens very much. The optics are very sharp. I have used for long distance photography when I could not get close to the object photographed.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Value


from Irvine, CA

I purchased this lens as a part of the A3000 bundle after reading the reviews here and in several sites. Over the holidays, I used the lens to take photos from Inspiration point on my NEX 7. Viewing them on my Mac, I was blown away. Images were extremely sharp, great color and the zoom was useful in capturing birds and the sunset. Considering the cost, this is a great purchase and I am very pleasantly surprised. It does need a lot of light and is not lightning fast to focus. But the photos were great throughout the zoom range. I would highly recommend this lens. It is a tremendous value for money.


Great glass.


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.




from va usa

i wish it could double as a macro lens.


Excellent all around lens


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)


Fantastic Lens


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)


NEX essential


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.


Beautiful lens


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


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Helle H  can this be used with sony a7?
Andrew R  I believe that this lens should work with nearly an "E" mount Sony body. That being said, use on a full frame camera like the A7 would likely less than optimal (would require a compatibility or "crop mode" setting to be used).
heather t  Is this the lens that fits on the a6000? -Newbie
MIKHAIL A  Probably not
heather t  Also, what is the best resource to learn basics for this lens ?
ACCOUNTS P  What's to learn? Point and shoot.
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