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

reviewer#6791 date: Jan-21-2010
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:Tamron 90 2.8
Sony 50 1.4
Sony 16-105
Sony 50 1.8
Min 50 1.7
price paid:
positive:Though plasticky, it s well made
Sharp even wide open
Very versatile
negative:Not exactly cheap
A little larger than other more common 50s
comment:I love this lens
It s sharp and gives good color and contrast.
I compared this lesn wide open with Sony 50 1.4 at 2.8 and I couldnt tell a difference.

It s solidly built. The optic recesses quite far inside so You dont really need a protecting filter.

For portrait, it might not give your DOF like 1.7 or 1.4 but at 2.8, it promises you among the sharpest money can buy.

Certainly more versatile than the 100 2.8 Macro. You can pretty much travel with this lens and this lens only. Portraits, reasonable landscape, macro, or even low name it.

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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