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

reviewer#5051 date: Mar-18-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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 used to own this lens
compared to:Min. 50/1.4
Sony 100/2.8 macro
Sig. 30/1.4
price paid:
positive:Very well build, small size
Fast and smooth focus
Sharp (sig. 70 or sony 100 macros are better)
negative:Colors may be too rich
There are better choices for portraits or indoor shooting
comment:I didn't do "real" macro, but it was my lens of choice for leaves and flowers. Bokeh was ok, but I expected more (can be my limited experience). 50/2.8 completely outperformed my Min. 50/1.4 outdoor and was a bit better than Sig. 30/1.4. Indoor or portraits - Minolta or Sigma fired better. If number of lenses in the bag is not a big issue 50 and 100 Sony macros will complement each other very well.

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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