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Sony 50mm f1.8 FE Lens (SEL50F18F)


  • Lens is suitable for: Sony APS-C & Full Frame E-Mount
  • Fitting: Sony E-Mount (APS-C & Full Frame)
  • Standard PRIME
  • Filter Size: 49mm

Product code: S009 (4548736033092)

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Sony 50mm f1.8 FE Lens (SEL50F18F)


RRP £299 (SAVE £140.00)

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Product Details

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Double-Gauss Optical Design
  • DC Autofocus Motor
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

It doesn’t sound like much, but this is an incredibly important lens. Offering incredible quality that defines Sony lenses for the A7-Series, this is no exception. The aperture range offers the user a perfect balance of colour and light during even the most difficult lighting conditions whilst maintain perfect AF control for street scenes, portraits and candid shots.

Mobile and manageable for active shooting

Although it is a full-frame lens, this model is compact and weighs only 186 grams. Whether on the camera or in your bag it won't be a burden, and it'll be ready whenever needed. The size and weight of this lens are an excellent match for compact α7 series bodies, providing outstanding overall portability and handling.

Lifelike detail, texture, and gradation

An updated double-gauss optical configuration with an aspherical element minimises spherical aberration and coma for sharp, high-quality rendering throughout every frame. The double-gauss design also suppresses field curvature and distortion.

Dreamy large-aperture prime lens bokeh

A large F1.8 maximum aperture and 7-blade circular aperture work together to create beautiful background bokeh that can make subjects stand out. Placing a sharply focused subject in front of a smoothly defocused background is an essential technique for producing deep, dimensional images.

DC motor focus

A new DC motor drive system has been carefully designed and implemented for optimum focus precision and speed as well as quiet operation. This system provides the same smooth for autofocus and manual focus control. Note: Focus motor sound may be recorded when shooting movies.

Shoot at night or in dimly lit interiors

The large F1.8 maximum aperture is an advantage when shooting night scenes or in dimly lit interiors. When used with an α series camera body that features in-body image stabilisation even greater low-light capability enables handheld capture of clear images in dark scenes without having to use excessively high ISO sensitivity.

Product Reviews

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

Amateur Photographer

It’s no secret that the Alpha 7 series of full-frame compact system cameras (CSC) has been a runaway success for Sony. By providing excellent image quality in a package that’s smaller and more portable than any comparable full-frame DSLR, it has become one of the most popular of the new breed of...


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.

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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.

excellent quality image. A little lightweight for the money. But it will only have occasional use so not too concerned.

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