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

reviewer#11926 date: Jul-29-2014
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:Sony 100mm Macro
Sony 85mm G-Series
Sony 50mm f/1.4
Sony 35mm G-Series
Sony 35mm f/1.8
Sony 30mm Macro
Sony 20mm f/2.8
price paid:$440.00
positive:This lens provides stunning results when used in conjunction with the A77. The IQ, and colour rendition is superb. Its small, and an ideal companion to the A77.
negative:Its a lens that should be weather-sealed, and the plastic build pales in comparison to the Minolta that I've used in the past.
Its screw driven AF system is dated.
comment:I really like this lens, and its definitely a must have for A77 owners. Its IQ and colour rendition are superb. Its sharper than both Sony's 30mm, and 100mm macro lenses.

This lens has a screw driven AF which is slow, noisy, and needs to updated with something much faster (SSM).

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania