Sony - 50mm f/1.8 Optical Lens For Sony E-Mount - Black

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Customize your Sony Alpha camera with this Sony prime lens for enhanced picture quality. OSS image stabilization reduces blurring for crisp, clear images, and the direct manual focus switches from autofocus to manual focus effortlessly. Boasting a 50mm focal length, this Sony prime lens lets you zero in on the perfect shot.

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    • Sony 50mm f/1.8 Optical Lens For Sony E-Mount

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (359 out of 362)

    Features


    Compatible with Handycam NEX-VG10, NXCAM NEX-EA50, and other cameras

    For use with your existing camera.

    50mm focal length

    A versatile focal length for capturing crystal-clear shots throughout a variety of shooting situations.

    f/1.8 maximum aperture

    For optimal light gathering capacity, resulting in clear, highly-detailed images.

    Optical (Steady Shot) image stabilization

    Permits utilizing slower shutter speeds without image blur.

    ED glass

    For quicker focusing times, greater color saturation, contrast and image detail.

    15.4" minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 49mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with dust cap and lens cap.


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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Overall 50mm Lens

      Posted
      MikeLopez
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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

      Posted
      Frank
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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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

      Posted
      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.

      Posted
      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

      Perfect starter lens!

      Posted
      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

      Posted
      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

      Awesome

      Posted
      Shao
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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

      Great Protrait Lens

      Posted
      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




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