Sony AF 50mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by armirail

reviewer#11313 date: Aug-19-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:DT 16-80 ZA
Minolta 24-85
24mm F2.0 ZA
price paid:
positive:- awesome sharpness starting wide open
- small lens
- even though plastic, it feels solid
- accurate manual focusing very easy
negative:- extends when focusing (i guess thats normal for a macro lens)
comment:this lens is amazingly sharp. Compared it in my own tests to both the 16-80mm and 24-85mm @ 50mm, the macro lens beats them by far both wide open. At the f8 the 16-80mm is almost as good (center sharpness same) corners lack just a tiny little bit on the 16-80mm.

The focusing ring on the macro lens allows for very accurate manual focusing, compared to the zoom lenses.

great lens for the price!

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.19
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.73
  • overall: 4.73 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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