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Sony FE 50 mm f/1.8

Manufacturer Sony
Model FE 50 mm f/1.8
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Angle of view 47 o
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m
Maximum magnification 0.14
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF / MF
Lens Construction 6 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 49 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Sony E
Sony FE
Dimensions 68.6 x 59.5 mm
Weight 186 g
Additional information Announced: 29.03.2016
Average rating (1 owners reviews)
Build quality
Optical quality
Value for money


3.00 Average
Owners reviews (1)
  1. Haitong Yu
    Haitong Yu 20 August 2016, 13:41
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money


    IP 59.66.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Poor focus performance. High coma. Price noticeably higher than DSLR counterparts.

    Pros: Nice and handy. Cheapest native FE-mount lens you can buy. Image quality for most usage is acceptable.

    Summary: 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. Optically, the Sony is basically on par with Canon (or better), with nice sharpness in the center but the corner deteriorates at large aperture due to high coma, which disappears after f/2.8. Nikon with its one aspherical element can do much better. For focus I'd say it's similar to the non-STM Canon 50/1.8 -- hunts a lot and makes some noise unless coupled with a really high-end body. In a word this seems a bargain to Sony FE users, but on price side it is really not so favorable compared to DSLR 50mm lenses.