Great image quality from a wide-aperture standard prime lens, but the autofocus speed lets it down.
Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) Lens (Black)
- New Or Secondhand: New
- Lens is suitable for: Sony APS-C E-Mount Only
- Fitting: Sony E-Mount (APS-C & Full Frame)
- Standard PRIME
- Filter Size: 49mm
- Lens/Image Stabilisation: Yes
Product code: 200178 (4905524952414)
- E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 75mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
- Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
- Internal Focus
- Minimum Focus Distance: 1.3'
- Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
Capture smooth, blur-free images
Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilisation within the lens ensures smooth, blur-free photos and videos when shooting handheld.
Instead of a standard polygon-shaped lens aperture, this lens features a 7-blade circular aperture for more natural, rounded defocusing or ‘bokeh’.
Refined optical performance
The lens has an innovative optical design to achieve clear, high-quality images by effectively minimising distortion and chromatic aberration.
Fast, agile focusing
An internal focusing mechanism means the lens barrel doesn’t move, enabling a more compact design, faster autofocus response, and reduced minimum focusing distances
- Bright, wide aperture lens with 50mm fixed focal length, ideal for portraits and general photography
- F1.8 maximum aperture allows creation of smooth background defocus effects (bokeh) - ideal for flattering your portrait subject
- Stylish, light and easy to carry with high quality aluminium alloy finish on barrel
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation within lens for crisp, stable handheld portraits. Silent mechanism during movie recording
- Wide aperture and Optical SteadyShot make lens highly suitable for atmospheric handheld portraits without flash in dim light
- Innovative optical design achieves clear, high-quality images with minimised distortion and chromatic aberration
- Smooth, quiet, high speed autofocus with linear motor - ideal for HD movie shooting
- Direct Manual Focus disengages AF motor for precise, fine manual focusing control
- 7-blade circular aperture for beautiful defocus effects
If you turn a blind eye to the build quality, the Sony FE 50 mm f/1.8 might be a very attractive alternative for the more expensive Zeiss Sonnar T* 55 mm f/1.8 FE. The cheaper lens is weaker at the maximum relative aperture, that’s true, but on stopping down it provides even higher MTFs while...
This lens has been a long time coming for full-frame E-mount cameras, and it certainly makes a welcome addition to Sony’s lens line-up if you’re in the market for a fast, well-priced standard prime that offers excellent image quality.
The appeal of the inexpensive fast 50mm “standard lens” is easy to appreciate and this Sony lens has much to recommend it. However, the edges are relatively soft and the price maybe a tad too high. Time will no doubt settle the latter point.
Is this budget fast prime lens the perfect choice for Alpha 7 users? Andy Westlake tests out the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
The Sony FE 50mm f1.8 is an affordable standard prime lens for Alpha mirrorless cameras. It delivers standard coverage on full-frame bodies making it an ideal walk-around lens, and becomes a short telephoto on APSC bodies, equivalent to 75mm, making it perfect for portraits.
The Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS is a short telephoto lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. It's a strong performer thanks to sharp optics and optical stabilization.
It is compact, maintaining the spirit of Sony's smaller MILC cameras. It is light and effortless to take with you. It is cheap, making loss or damage a relatively low risk (hint for kid use). And, it is capable of excellent image quality (though not at the widest apertures).
The new Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is impressive. Our friend Roger Cicala over at LensRentals notes its central sharpness performance to exceed even the venerable Zeiss Otus , as well as the Sigma 50mm Art. He even found it to out-perform the 55/1.8 centrally, but fall behind it peripherally.
The Sony 50mm FE retails for $250 and can regularly be found with Sony rebates for $200. The plastic build is about what you would expect at this price point, but the optics and image quality has shown me that this lens can punch above it’s weight when called upon.
My new favourite prime. Sony 50mm f1.8 oss I like to film footage of different angles, product, backdrops and lighting to try and explore new ideas and with the lens it adds a whole new dimension. It is affordable and solid in the hand. Build quality is good and the bokeh is great for its price.
I use it mainly for photography and it is pleasantly light which goes well with crop or full frame. It can perform ok for video auto focus but it is neither as smooth or as fast as many of the alternatives. It's not a quiet lens and its speed depends on the body that it is attached to.
One of the first lenses you should buy for A7 series, or if learning about depth of field and perspective. A sharp, compact inexpensive lens with solid if not class leading IQ (although there are lenses costing far more that don't perform any better) these got a bad rep for sluggish focus in earlier...
I have owned 50/1.8 instruments from Canon (50/1.8 II, non STM), Nikon (50/1.8G) and Sony (FE), so I'd like to compare them. On build quality the Sony is somewhat better than Canon, the most cheapskate lens of them all, built nicely with solid plastics, but I would say it's no match for the Nikon.
The 50mm f 1.8 is a game changing! My photography improved so much with this lens! Absolute love it.
I took my time before purchasing this lens, as although I wanted a fast aperture, prime standard lens I was initially put off by some negative reviews out there. There's not too many native options for full frame on Sony cameras without spending silly money.
The lens is used on my Sony a6000 the pictures are outstanding, Colors are bright and vibrant, no signs of any distortion, great for low light situations, sometimes slow to focus but a very good lens.
I like this lens. I tend to use manual focus with my A7r because I'm rarely in a hurry, I like to choose the focus point and most of my other cameras are film and manual focus anyway.
I've already owned this lens in the past, but I bought this specifically for my Sony a7 for taking better photographs in low light as it has a large f/1.8 aperture. This lens is compatible with both APS-C and full frame Sony mirrorless cameras and will have a 75mm equivalent focal length on cameras...
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Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) Lens (Black)
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