Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#43009 date: Feb-8-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta MD 45 F2
Minolta MD 50 F1.4
Minolta AF 50 F1.4
Minolta AF 50 F1.7 & RS
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Fotasy 50 F1.8
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Minolta MD 50 F2
Minolta AF 50 F2.8 RS
Minolta AF 50 F3.5
Minolta SR 55 F2
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
Sigma 60 F2.8 DN Art
Tamron SP 60 F2 Macro
price paid:169 USD (used)
positive:Good sharpness everywhere
OSS
Quiet
Nice deep, reversible hood
Minimal corner shading
49 mm filter size
negative:Mild CA
Focus breathing
7 aperture blades
comment:A new looking black copy with original retail box and paperwork purchased from a smaller eBay store. About a month previously I had sold my last Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM. The SAM lens seemed redundant after purchasing a Minolta AF 50 F1.4. This lens is currently and frequently on sale for $250, but the normal retail list price is $300. On APS-C it acts like a 77mm F2.8 lens on full-frame. "Made in CHINA"

This is a fairly substantial lens. It is significantly larger than the all manual Fotasy. It is about the same size as an Minolta MD 50 F2 or F1.7 with adapter and a bit larger than the Sigma 60 F2.8 Art. It is interesting that it has more lens elements than the FE Carl Zeiss 55 F1.8.

This copy is quite sharp wide-open. It is pretty close to perfect across the frame. It has a bit more chromatic aberrations than the Sigma 60 F2.8 Art, but much less than the Minolta AF 50 F1.4 or Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM. The corners are much brighter than the other APS-C lenses.

As noted in other reviews below, contrast-based autofocus on the A5000 is a bit erratic with this lens (as with the Sigma 60 F2.8 Art) probably caused by the shallow depth-of-field. I plan to eventually upgrade to a body with phase-detect sensors.

Overall an excellent, fairly inexpensive, stabilized, somewhat fast 50 mm lens for APS-C. A faster legacy 50 mm lens might be cheaper, but it will not be as useful.
reviewer#24492 date: Feb-7-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony E 16-50mm OSS
Sony E 55-210mm OSS
price paid:£230.00
positive:Sharp, fast and light
negative:Only available in Silver when I purchased it
comment:A nice sharp, fast prime lens
reviewer#20422 date: Nov-9-2015
sharpness: 3.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 3.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:SMC Takumar 50mm F/1.4 with adapter
Minolta MD 50mm F/1.4 with adapter
Sony 35mm F/1.8 OSS
price paid:$249 USD new
positive:F/1.8
OSS
Reasonably fast and accurate autofocus
negative:Sharp stopped down to F/4 or more. Softer than Sony 35mm F/1.8 wide open. Softer than older Takumar and and Minolta lenses wide open at F/1.4. Colors are decent but not as saturated as older Minolta lenses.
comment:Shot this lens for a few months with my a6000. It spent more time in my bag than on my camera. It's a decent lens, but it doesn't stand out in any area. On the APS-C sensor, I found it a difficult focal length to work with--too tight for groups and a little too wide for portraits. I sold it.
reviewer#14234 date: Apr-27-2015
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.3
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Rokkor 50/f,14
The rokkor is sharper but I hate manually focussing when not on a tripod
price paid:279€
positive:Very light, well build and compact lens. It weights almost nothing but it performs well.
Nice aperture and also already decently sharp at f1,8.
The best feature is the bokey. It is really smooth and creamy
negative:It's an 1,8 and not an 1,4.
Not the fastest in focussing although it is not bad.
comment:It is a bokeh master.
reviewer#11721 date: Mar-11-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Zeiss FE 55/1.8
Zeiss Planar 50/2 ZM
price paid:200 USD
positive:Light, sharp, contrast, nice IQ, OSS
negative:Build quality - easy to scratch and I feel like I have to wear gloves when I'm using this lens.
comment:On APS-C is the best lens for portraits.
I used it on A7:
- in crop mode - a very usefull portrait lens (10M), sharp wide-open, great IQ, great subject isolation, a very capable lens.
- in FF mode with baffle removed - I can crop to 14-16M, or in full square format. It is slightly inferior optically to both Zeiss FE 55/1.8 and Zeiss Planar 50/2 ZM (not much). And it also has OSS, which none of the Zeisses has. The only bad comment would about the build quality. It is so easy to scratch the barrel of the lens that it annoys me.
reviewer#11707 date: Feb-26-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1,4 A-mount and Sony 50mm f1,8 A-mount
price paid:300 Euro
positive:Very Sharp.
Very low CA (basically only visible on f1,8)
Low distorsion
Nice colors
OSS
negative:AF-performance is not acceptable
comment:This lens is giving me a lot of trouble. While I really like the image quality and the results, it's very frustrating to shoot with. On my NEX-7 it is slow to focus, and consistently focus is off. Subject isolation is a pain with this lens as it tends to focus on the background and refuse to change focus. I have tried several different focus modes and improvements are incremental at best. Unfortunately this makes me go so far as to leave this lens at home instead of bringing it. For most of my 50mm-needs I now tend to go with the 16-70mm Zeiss zoom.

Aside from the focus-troubles, this is a very nice Little lens that gives great results once you get it to focus properly.
reviewer#11463 date: Nov-10-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SEL1855, Sigma 30/2.8
price paid:€185 used
positive:This lens is light weight, has OSS! It has nice bokeh and it's sharp. F1.8 gives good low light capabilities! This is were the OSS comes in handy! The price is about right. The lens-results makes you think you bought more expensive lens.
negative:It's not small.
Still I find 50mm on APS-C bit too long.
Autofocus isn't really quick.
Colors could be more vibrant.
comment:I use this lens a lot for concerts. I can take my NEX camera inside (were the normal DSLR wouldn't get pass security).
The lens is great for portraits. But too long for most uses.
reviewer#11455 date: Nov-9-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SAL50F18
Summicron-M 50/2 (latest)
Zeiss ZM 50/1.5
Minolta MD 50/1.4
maaany more
price paid:253€ (new)
positive:-Very sharp even wide open
-Good contrast and microcontrast
-Image stabilisation
-Good bokeh
-Optically it can compete with modern Summicron-M 50/2 and ZM Planar 50/2 like lenses which cost more than the double
-CA are so well corrected that it delivers good IQ even on UV/IR modifies bodies (look at my sample pics)
negative:-Build!!! Build really sucks me because:
-Build very sensitive to scratches etc.. I have this lens since about 1 year and it shows plenty signs of wear while many other lenses I have and used even more don't show any.
-MF imho absolutely useless (you have to much too much action for a few cm)
-Slow AF on NEX-C3 and 5N
comment:Optics are very good, real top performance and image stabilisation gives 1/2 to 1 stops. But build is bad because it's manual focus is useless, which is pretty bad because in low light I'm usually (with manual lenses) much faster in focusing by hand than the slow AF of my NEX bodies.
reviewer#11422 date: Nov-2-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1.4
price paid:£190
positive:Fast and stabilised.
negative:Slow af in low light to the point that it's useless.
comment:I bought the lens primarily for low light use but as it doesn't focus in low light I use a manual focus f1.2 or my a900 instead.
reviewer#11415 date: Oct-31-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7 and 1.4, Sony 50 1.4 and zooms
price paid:300.00
positive:Not as cheap as A mount 50mm lenses, but this does have IBIS and I think it is a great deal even at $300. a little soft (not too bad) wide open. I usually use it at f/2 and above. By f/4 it is as sharp as can be. Very good build quality...better than the Amount easy choice lenses by far.
negative:Decent, but not great Bokeh. An UGLY lens in silver. I wish it came in black initially....too late now :(
comment:This compares very favorable to the ASony 1.4 other than the ASony being 1.4. By f/2 they are about the same in sharpness and by f/4, I recollect that the Emount is a little better (could be the 24mp sensor tough :) )

The sel50 should be in every Emount shooters collection
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.45
  • color: 4.40
  • build: 3.90
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.29

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