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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Overall 50mm Lens

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    MikeLopez
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    Good Lens and good price. Compliments my a6000 nicely. At 50mm, it is mostly a portraits lens. That's not to say you can't use it to take a variety of pictures. The focal length at times makes it challenging to take anything but single targets, especially indoors. I feel this is where it is best used for. I don't think I would ever just bring this lens with me without another lens with a shorter focal length like a 19mm, 30mm, or 35mm. On the plus side, the 50mm is less intrusive to the subject's space. For example, I brought this lens with me to the pool hall to take pictures of my brothers as they played. Though it was nice that I wasn't really distracting to them as they played. I found myself having to go as far as 2 tables to capture anything more than just upper body shots. I'm pretty sure experienced photographers already know this, just letting those who never used a 50mm APS-C lens know what to expect. As for the quality of the photos. I'm still a beginner, so to me they look very good. Sharpness is good. AF is silent. I find the photos pretty sharp at f4-f5.6. Lowlight is great at f1.8-f2.8. Bokeh is good. Video is fantastic with OSS. I really can't complain about anything other than getting used to the focal length. I mostly take photos for enjoyment. So far the pictures taken by this lens have given me joy. I know probably down the road I will get something more expensive and better but for now this will do. There are only 2 50mm-60mm e mount lens at the $200-$300 price range. I chose this over the Sigma 60mm f2.8 because of 3 reason: OSS, f1.8, and the fact the SEL5018 uses 179 phase-detection AF points and the Sigma only uses a small portion of the center. Not to mention the price difference is only $90. If there was only one con about this lens, it would be the slow auto focus. It is fairly slow but not so bad. Takes about a second to focus. If you're using this only to take portraits, it shouldn't really be a problem. If you're trying to decide to pick between this and the 35mm f1.8, just know that the 35mm is more of an all-around lens and this one kind of compliments it. I always bring both with me when I go out. My 35mm usually stays on my a6000, while I bring this out for certain situations or when I want a change of perspective and want to keep my distance a bit. Best to get this if you already have a 19mm-35mm. You can get a Sigma 30mm or 19mm and this lens for about the same price of the SEL3518. Even better, you can get the Sigma 19mm, 30mm, and 60mm for less than $600. I ended up with the SEL3518 and SEL5018 only because I knew the lingering thought of OSS and f1.8 would always haunt me. I would have ultimately bought the sony e mount lens anyways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sony Lens

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    Frank
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    This is a Sony prime lens (not a zoom lens) that is suited for the smaller APS-C sensor type camera. Perfect for the NEX series, and the a5000, 5001 and 6000. These cameras were built to take multiple lenses and gives the user additional tools to work with that go far and beyond a point and shoot camera. It is actually a 75mm lens in 35mm format due to the smaller sensor. This lens is a moderate telephoto that is excellent for portraits and landscapes. Great in low light with an 1.8f. The OSS or stabilizing feature adds to the cost of this lens, but is important because this is not built into the above noted Sony cameras. Quality exterior materials and fine glass makes it an exceptional buy on sale. I suggest you review your pictures and determine the mm setting that you generally use for most of your shots. If for example you have the 16-50mm zoom lens (actually in 35mm format a 25-75mm) and most of your shots fit into the far end of this lens at 40 to 50mm framing -- this lens is faster (superior in low light) and clearer (better optics as a prime lens). It is a definite step up as an additional lens for your camera outfit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portrait lens for Sony APS-C systems

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    BocaCat
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    I had been thinking about buying the Sony 50mm 1.8 lens for a while but just couldn't pull the trigger. From other online reviewers, I liked the pictures that were coming from it. I wasn't sure I would use it much and that is turning out to be the case but it is still a great lens and I'm glad I bought it. I am able to handhold my A6000 and get a great shot of my cat without "flash eye". For the first time, I purchased an open-box item from Best Buy and the box didn't even look like it was opened. The lens is fine. I did tests and can't find anything wrong with it so I'm glad I was able to save money. The picture of my cat was handheld at 1/40, ISO 3200 and it looks pretty clear to me. I recommend this lens if you are looking for a portrait lens for the Sony system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens, poor buying experience.

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    Garrett
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    Considering Sony doesn't really make good lens for the E-mount, the 50mm 1.8 is actually quite good. Sharp, good CA control, quite stabilization, decently quick focus. Buying from BB was a poor experience though. I went in to purchase this one as an open box item. After they found it hidden in the store, it rung up higher than as labelled. When I mentioned to the associate that the price tag is lower than what the computer says, he says nothing, walks off, and comes back 5 minutes later with a new higher price tag stuck on top of the old one where it's still readable. Who does that? On top of that, he messed up multiple times, just trying to ring it up including my gift card. I got tired of dealing with him and went straight to the CS desk after our transaction, explained what he did and they agreed that it was wrong and refunded me so that it was the original price as labelled. 45 minutes just to walk out with this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Shao
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    This lens is absolutely essential to the Sony Alpha Series line of cameras. Just YouTube the difference between the quality of a kit lens and a prime lens and you’ll see what I mean. In case your getting into photography, zoom lens are lens that come with your camera (also known as the kit lens). But because it’s a kit lens, the zoom lens doesn’t really excel in any one area. That’s why a prime lens (this lens) is absolutely essential in portraits! Be weary, prime lens do not zoom (unlike your kit lens) so you need to be more creative with your shots! The advantage of a prime lens is that it takes better quality photos!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect starter lens!

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    MrRay
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    I was super anxious about what to get. I stopped in at my local Best Buy and they were super helpful. I originally was going to get the 35mm ART lens, but the price swayed me since I am a beginner. They convinced me to start with this lens until I was more comfortable and certain I needed the 35mm. Since having it for the last 3 months I am very happy with the results. The pictures are incredible! And it very fast too. This lens is a must have if you're a beginner. The price is unbelievable as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best value for your money

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    Andy
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    I'm a intermediate casual photographer. I've gone through 3 different lenses and this is the one I use most often nowadays for my NEX-7. I'm pretty satisfied with the other lenses I owned but I was missing one element. What made me decide on this one is based on the dramatic bokeh effect that was pretty difficult to produce on the kit lens and the zoom lens I used for traveling. As soon as I started using this lens my photos dramatically made me look like an experienced photographer and my subjects appear to have more pop especially under darker situations. You have to get used to moving your body in and out as you can't zoom but it made me a better photographer I believe.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Protrait Lens

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    Mcclki13
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    I'm a beginner but this lens has actually captured some really great pictures in both bright/dim light situations. I would also have to say this is a lens best for portraits and not so much for landscapes. However, it still takes great pictures in landscape just not as sharp. Also, prepare yourself to move back and forth to get a picture because the lens actually doesn't zoom in or out, (while the a6000 camera in a particular setting only allows you to zoom in with the lens on). The focus is also okay sometimes it does take a while to adjust but overall for the price of the lens, I don't mind because my pictures still come out great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super sharp pictures

    Posted
    Bigfoot
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    The alpha 6000 is the best camera I've ever owned and the Sony 50mm f1.8 prime lens is the icing on the cake. I bought the camera with the two kit lenses and they are great for their intended purposes. I decided I would buy the prime 50mm to have a 1.8f stop lens . WOW does it add another dimension. It is not only a fantastic portrait lens (it loves people's faces ) it added the ability to take pictures in very low light , great night scenes , sunrises and sunsets. My family and friends think I have become a real photographer !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Super sharp lens with good AF

    Posted
    agolwala
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    This is my first prime lens for my Sony NEX-5TL and I am really happy with my purchase. I am newbie to photography and wanted to try primes with high max aperture. Saw this on BestBuy for $200 (Open box - excellent) condition and could not resist. I have clicked pics both indoors and outdoors with challenging light conditions, generally on aperture priority mode with lens wide open. And, the results were fantastic almost every time. Bokeh is amazing. People look more beautiful than they are when shot with this lens. Overall, it's a must buy if you are on e-mount system

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great prime

    Posted
    gd2017
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    This lens actually deseves 4.5 stars. The sharpness is excellent and AF and OSS work very well. My only complaint so far is that there is no manual focus override built into the lens. If there was a switch on the lens like Nikon uses instead of diving into a menu to activate MF, this lens would easily rate 5 stars. It's a solid, lightweight prime that is a joy to use on my A6000.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very sharp

    Posted
    svllc
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    The Sony 50mm is a very sharp lens that produces creamy bokeh and great image quality. The resolution of the photos when paired with the a6000 are nothing short of stunning. I attached a photo ( nothing special) but i cropped it to 13.5mp and the amount of remaining detail is superb. The a6000 sensor is really good. Great lens!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi svllc, You put smile on a lot of faces around here with your kind words about our product. Thank you very much! Dave Sonystyle

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this lens

    Posted
    RichieRich
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    I spent the extra $50 to buy this because it was the newer version 50mm with oss. Used this with a sony a6500. It is absolutely impossible to use the manual focus. Like impossible. The only use can be for autofocus. A producer asked me to rack focus between 2 subjects and it was physically impossible because the barrel needs to spin 360 degrees to rack focus between subjects about 10 feet in distance. By the FE Sony 1.8 50mm and be happy and also save $50. I returned it and bought the FE and am completely satisfied.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NiftyFifty for the Sony a6000 - gr8 depth of field

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    masaccio
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    this is a great low-light prime lens for the a6000 (or any other crop-frame sony e-mount mirrorless). It's easy to focus in manual and focuses quickly in auto; great for shooting concerts because you can run a high shutter speed and still get plenty of light by opening up the aperture (1.8f for this lens) all the way and not have to ALSO crank up your ISO. 35mm is also an option with the same overall specs - great is you need a wider field of view.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great glass

    Posted
    JimmyD
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    GREAT FOR LOW LOW PHOTOGRAPHY – with the wide aperture of f1.8, especially going from your typical kit lens which is usually f5.6, this lens gives you 3 stops or EIGHT times (2x2x2) more light coming through the lens opening. This allows you to use either a faster shutter speed and avoid camera shake, or a lower ISO and avoid the noise you get from higher ISOs, or a combination of both.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice standard lens

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    Sswillinger
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    This lens is a good quality 50mm lens with very good optics. Colors and contrast are very good. My only wish is that it was slightly more compact. The quality is better than the short zoom lens that comes as part of Sony a6000 kits, but the compactness of that lens is better. All in all, a good fix focal length lens in the Sony e mount line. It delivers on image quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens for portraits

    Posted
    Pacf
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    I decided to skip the kit lens and just buy the 50 mm. So this is the only lens I have for my A6000. I love it so far, it takes great quality photos, they all look sharp, where the subject really pops. It does have a slow auto focus, but it's not a big deal for me. I still have to get used to the fact that this is not a zoom lens! So fyi, you have to move around to try to get the best shot, but I definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    captures every detail

    Posted
    TeeKay
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    great lens, I suppose. I guess you just have to know what you're doing. even without knowing much (like me), the lens captures very clear and detailed photos. as I reviewed a full-body photo my friend took of me, I could see a black smudge on my eyelid from mascara I didn't clean up well enough (that I couldn't even see when I was looking in the mirror) .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens--fast and sharp!

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    f717
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    I purchased this lens for my a6300 and have been thoroughly pleased with the sharpness and how fast it is to focus. My Sigma 30/2.8 is a very sharp lens with great bokeh, but this Sony 50/1.8 takes almost no time to focus--and the bokeh is amazing. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great performing and budget-friendly lens for their Sony mirrorless camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super sharp and always dependable

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    HobbyistJ
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    Went to see Ella Mai and was extremely torn on this lens vs the 35mm, but after multiple demo shots I went with 50mm for my Sony a6300. Compact, light weight, bokeh is awesome and the low aperture makes this lens a beast in low light. Thanks Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend