Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#43009 date: Feb-8-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 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
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 Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM.

I purchased a second more used looking silver copy in 2019 from a pawn shop on eBay for $152. This copy had an alignment problem.

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 Sonnar 55 F1.8. It is quite the bargain compared to that one.

The black copy is quite sharp wide-open--close to perfect across the frame. It does have 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 brighter than the other APS-C lenses, but unlike the SAM lens it doesn't cover much beyond the APS-C crop.

As noted in other reviews below, contrast-based autofocus on the A5000 is erratic with this lens (as with the Sigma 60 F2.8 Art) perhaps caused by the shallow depth-of-field. It does much better with the hybrid AF of the A6000.

Overall an excellent, fairly inexpensive, stabilized, somewhat fast 50 mm lens for APS-C. Faster legacy lenses can be purchased cheaper but are not be as useful. This is one of the best lenses in the system.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.40
  • build: 3.90
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.20
  • overall: 4.30 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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