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The Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS Lens is a bright, fast, medium prime lens well suited for portraits and general photography. The f1.8 maximum aperture brings the subject in sharp focus whilst creating a soft, smooth blur effect for the background.

Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) Lens (Black)


  • 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)

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Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) Lens (Black)


RRP £289 (SAVE £40.00)

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Product Details

  • 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.

Smooth defocusing

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

Product Reviews

Lightweight, Image quality, Durable, Good value for money, Easy to use
Trusted Reviews

Great image quality from a wide-aperture standard prime lens, but the autofocus speed lets it down.

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...

Photography BLOG

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.

Camera Labs

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.

PC Magazine

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.

The Digital Picture

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).

DP Review

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.

Trail to Peak

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.


It is a bit difficult to come to a conclusion about the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8. It has its moments but there's also darkness. The resolution characteristic is fairly solid. The outer image field is very soft at large apertures but to be fair - your main subject tends to be near the image center so it's...

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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...

Wex Photo Video

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.

John Lewis

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...

Harrison Cameras

A great lens for the price. Very lightweight which is important for me. I've had some good results with the larger aperture but not had an opportunity to use it in low light yet. As an enthusiast photographer I am confident it will meet my needs.


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.


Does exactly what a nifty fifty should do, its compact, light, and fast (1.8). Focus does well (with the a7c in my case) although it is a little noisier, so sometimes you may hear it if you are recording video.

Wilkinson Cameras

At the time of purchasing my Sony Alpha 7II body online with Wilkinson's, I chose the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 lens as my Interest into photography was with landscapes and possibly still life as reference for my art.

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.

UK Digital

Very pleased with this lense. Produces sharp clear images in low light. Good for portrait photography.


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.

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