Sony - 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens for Select Sony Alpha E-mount Cameras - Silver

Capture crisp photos with help from this Sony SEL50F18/B 50mm f/1.8 prime lens that is designed for use with most Sony Alpha cameras with an E-mount and features OSS (Optical SteadyShot) image stabilization to help prevent blurring and ghosting.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens
  • Lens cap, rear lens cap
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (85 out of 85)

Features


Compatible with most Sony Alpha cameras with an E-mount

For use with your existing camera.

OSS (Optical SteadyShot) image stabilization

Offers approximately 4-stop shutter speed advantage to help minimize blurring in your shots.

DMF (Direct Manual Focus)

Facilitates focus adjustments by allowing you to switch directly from autofocus lock-on to manual focusing without having to switch modes.

Linear motor

Helps ensure smooth, quiet focusing.

Metal exterior finish and mount material

Offer durability and a stylish look.

Lightweight design

Makes it easy to transport the lens.

50mm focal length (35mm equivalent 75mm)

Enables versatile shooting.

32° angle of view

Deliver midrange telephoto coverage.

0.16x (APS-C) maximum magnification

Ideal for general photography.

f/22 minimum aperture and f/1.8 maximum aperture

For optical light gathering. Large maximum aperture and circular design enable you to achieve stunning out-of-focus backgrounds.

9 elements in 8 groups with 7 circular aperture blades

Promote sharp image capture. Optical design minimizes distortion and chromatic aberration to help you achieve clear shots.


Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend

Expert rating

3.9

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keeping my 50mm

    Posted
    rmrm75
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    I happened to purchase the 50mm first...wrong move due to most of my shots being taken within my small home of moving children...room available was the deciding factor on why I went back to purchase the 35mm; I would find myself tripping over things, always looking behind my shoulders to see if I had more room to scoot back with the 50mm, in order to get the shot I wanted. (I did keep my 50mm though due to liking this one for some outdoor shots...I've heard printed photos are better with the 50...I don't know how true this is!) I use the 50/1.8 when I want a head/shoulders/portrait shots of one of my kids. But the 35mm is perfect for general use and if I had a choice of only one...it would be the 35/1.8! Still a great lens though, exactly why it was kept!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens ..

    Posted
    jeffo

    After reading so many strong reviews I bought this prime portrait lens last month from Best Buy for my Sony a6000 and a5100 cameras. It's light , well made and super fun to use. It focuses right away, great color, nice round bokeh and super sharp even in low light. I also use the sony 16-50, 55-210 lenses .. happy with those too. I haven't given up my Canon dslr, but with this sweet gem, plus my other lenses I can travel light and feel confident in the quality of my photographs when using my mirrorless cameras.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic Portrait Lens

    Posted
    EvilPhish
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    I initially bought this lens to use for the next few months until I finish saving for one of the nicer models but really, after a few sessions with this one I'm pretty satisfied, to the point that I'm adding and upgrading other pieces before this one. Focus is fast, optics are clear with a minimal amount of distortion around the edges. Very little chromatic aberration and with such a wide aperture is very easy to throw the background out of focus entirely and make the subject pop. I use it often to photograph bands during their performances and the low-light performance is stellar. Definitely a must-have in your bag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Lens!

    Posted
    OCTRAINER
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    I bought this based on a friends recommendation. He always takes such good photos. He also recommended that I learn how to shoot with a fixed lens rather than an adjustable one. I have already had a blast taking photos of my family and friends with this lens. I cannot believe the quality of some of the photos. It far exceeds my capabilities as a photographer and I cannot wait to use it some more!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have lens

    Posted
    Robo
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    For the money you should have this lens. I'm not a pro, but gosh you can take some really sharp pictures. The 35mm is another option if you have a little more money in the wallet, but this is a great place to start to build excitement. Photos were taken with my a6000.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes your pics look PROFESSIONAL!

    Posted
    JMG2
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    Love this lens. Any pictures look good when the background isn't in focused & your main object is clear and sharp. I mostly take photos of my family or food so it is perfect for that use. The only downside is that you have to be quite far from what your taking a picture of. So it's hard if your a dinning table and trying to take the picture of the plate right in front of you. I would have to put it across the table

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful prime lens for portraits

    Posted
    MissElaine
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    I am a beginning photographer as it comes to things like sophisticated lenses and f-stops, but I knew I wanted a great portrait lens for my new Sony NEX-5R camera. The sales people at Best Buy were fantastic in asking me what I wanted to achieve from this lens, and showing me the way it would work. I have only started experimenting with the lens, but already feel I was steered right. Thank you Best Buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Lenses for Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras

    Posted
    JDizzle
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    Bought this lense for my girlfriend. She has a Sony A5100 Mirrorless camera and wanted a lense that can help take better still shots. The OSS (Optical SteadyShot) is an amazing feature! She's in love with this lense and continues to find ways to better her shots/pics. Sony got this one right!

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 3.9 out of 5June 22, 2012
    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18 Review
    The Sony E 50mm ƒ/1.8 OSS is a capable lens, marred only by some poor CA performance when used wide open; even then, depending on the subject matter, it may not be particularly noticeable.Full Review



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