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

reviewer#3214 date: Jan-28-2008
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:Sigma 50/2.8 Macro DG EX
price paid:635 USD (new)
negative:still couldn't find any
comment:Better built than Sigma 50/2.8 DG EX, better handling, more beautiful (that is important).
Sharpness is excellent.
Focus limiter is much better than Sigma's.
Color rendition is very accurate.

Further remarks: After extensive use, the manual focusing ring couldn't work on one side (from close to far), so tried to fix it myself. It came out that the outer ring for focusing is completely from rubbery-plastic. Anyway, I did fix it, and now works again brilliantly.
On a99, it's a joy. I finally got back to see through it as a 50mm and not a 75mm as in APS-C.
Don't hesitate in buying this lens.

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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