Get a reliable portrait lens for your NEX camera with this Sony 50mm lens. It has a fast aperture of f/1.8 for solid performance under low-light conditions, and it can get in close to your subject — up to 1.5 feet. Add a 49mm filter to your Sony 50mm lens for lens protection and polarization effects.
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Posted by: Dedra from: on
Hesitant of the negative reviews I had to try the lens before I bought it. I could hear the lens move from across the room and def. noticed how slow it focused. It being so cheap and having no prime lens I figured I'd give it a shot since that was mainly the reason for the negative reviews. After doing a small photo shoot of some senior pictures I loved the quality but the insanely slow focus made the day go by long and frustrating to work with. Leaving me with my doubts I was ready to return the lens and wait til I had more money. THEN I updated my camera to version 3.10 and all the negatives are gone for me. The continuous focus actually works, while before it was nearly non existent. Every moving picture was a blur. and there's also auto focus feature now. I can't stop using this lens now!! I have ZERO complaints. And I will NOT return it!
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
great affordable prime
Posted by: Mike from: on
Bought this lens for a trip to Punta Cana. Did not want to spend a lot for a lens to take to the beach. that being said this lens performed great. Image quality was great . I used this on the sony A7. yes the focus is a little slower than the more expensive lenses but not enough to warrant not buying it and with the firmware update to 3.1 it was a non issue.
others complain about the focus noise but for me it was a not an issue.
I also used it for video and the results were stunning. This little gem is great for family photos vacation and the all around snap shots. If you take the time to learn its limitations one can really get great results. nice affordable prime with out breaking the bank.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great images for the price, AF not exciting
Posted by: MAS321 from: on
Start with the good.
For the price, it's got great image quality. It's small and feels decent in the hand and on the camera. Of course there are much better FE 50/55mm lenses for the a7, but their prices are much higher. I've read complaints still about the price: yes, Canon and Nikon have even cheaper nifty fifties, but this is the cheapest FE lens and I'd still call it a good value if you can't afford the better options.
Now, the not so good.
So plenty of professional reviews have covered this, the Auto Focus is s..l..o..w. It rakes focus back and forth quite a bit each time you activate the autofocus even if you are focusing on the same object. If you have pre-focus on, you will notice moving every couple seconds as well, which I found quite annoying. Also the sound is noticeable, this is a cheap AF motor and it shows.
One bonus though, because of the motor, if you like using MF or DMF, this focus by wire actually feels almost like you are using a direct focus mechanism.
I have used the Sony/Zeiss 55mm and it is totally silent and very very fast. Super sharp, better bokeh, wonderful handling. If you can afford it, that's the lens to get.
If you have APSC (a6000, NEX, etc), I would suggest the original SEL50F18 if you never plan to move up to full frame. It's a great lens and has the silent and fast AF motor.
I would still recommend this lens as long as you know the shortcomings, but I would not call it a great lens, good 4 star performance.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Supereon from: on
I honestly disagree with the reviews on this lens... I love the f1.8 capability and the fact it takes great quality pictures! If I would have to get any lens that shoots good and doesn't hurt my pocket this is a must have!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
a great first lens
Posted by: TerryMcK from: on
I bought this because i wanted a full frame capable lens to go with my new A7S. In fact, these cameras can accommodate the lenses designed for an APS-C sensor. But... it is great to have a full frame lens. Of course, these are expensive - especially the zooms and wide angles. For an amateur, the cost can be daunting. But this 50mm prime lens is very affordable, and it is decently sharp. Much more so than the zooms (which is why primes are still popular with professionals.). And if you examine your own shots, you may find that, except for landscapes, the 50mm covers most of what you shoot now. Love this one.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Best 50mm for the Price
Posted by: James from: on
The biggest concern people have with this lens is the autofocus. Is the AF super fast? No. Is the AF a little loud? Yes. However, the point is that this is a great little 50mm for an incredible price. If the AF noise/speed is a sticking point for you - just use MF and you'll be happy with the sharpness and image quality
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Photographer from: on
Very inexpensive for the images it delivers, plus that pretty large aperture. The focus is a bit slow, with a pretty loud motor for focusing. The focus motor noise makes it unsuitable for video, fine for stills though.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Decent lens, slow focus
Posted by: Alex from: on
I'm a Nikon guy, but i bought a Sony for traveling. I was just going to use the kit lens with my A7II for everything but i know there will be situations where i want to shoot in low light and the kit 28-70 wont work.
It's a little expensive. $250 is more expensive than the Nikon G, Nikon D or Canon EF 50mm equivalents
Quality: The lens is sharp. On par with the others. Focus is somewhat slow compared to the other systems. Focus in LOW light is pretty terrible. I was shooting an engagement at the blue hour and towards the end I was shooting at 1250 ISO and it couldn't focus anymore.
There really aren't any alternatives. Sony is still working on building their lens arsenal.
55mm Zeiss is one option but i would never pay nearly $1000 for a 50mm F1,8
Sony just announced at 50 f2.8 Macro that sounds interesting but thats still a F2.8 not F1.8.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great lens for the price
Posted by: KeepItSimple from: on
I own the a7, so my review is based on my experience with that model. I agree with the multiple comments regarding the slow autofocus and the loud motor noise when focusing. The relatively cheap kit lens SEL2870 is far better than this F/1.8 lens in those two areas. However, I decided to keep this lens because it is SHARP and it is a F/1.8. I left my kit lens and my Zeiss SEL2470Z at home during a baseball game, and I was forced to get creative with this lens to take shots. Here are some ideas that worked somewhat well for me:
1- Slow autofocus -
a) Use the DMF or S mode. If you use the continue autofocus, the lens might get into a vicious cycle of focusing and never truly focusing.
b) Use Flex Spot (small or medium). If you use Wide area, the lens will try to focus in a wider area, and it may struggle finding focus. Help the lens, and tell the camera where to focus.
2- Loud motor
a) This is an annoyance that makes its way to the video sound. The only way I found to make it workable is to do videos of subjects moving within the focus area. If the subject moves out of the focus area two things happen: 1) The subject gets blurred for a longer period than usual, 2) The motor noise will make its way to your video.
I decided to keep this lens for low light shots, and avoid videos in most cases. The lens is sharp, and for the money I believe it is great.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Lens that you need
Posted by: Seismicninja from: Delawhere? on
Say you take a walk outside and see an amazing picture possiblity but you also have to use the bathroom, this lens will have you in that bathroom quickly. No zoom, just point and make sure the framing is good and take that pic.