Sony FE 50mm F1.8 E-mount lens review by minolta_mutley

reviewer#44198 date: Dec-16-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:159€
positive:the lens is sharp
metal mount
low weight
compact even with the hood
negative:The AF is very slow on nex-c3, a6000, rather slow on A7II - usable on the A7RII (good enough in normal light conditions - and still usable with non-moving subjects).
Sony should have tried to make a pancake lens out of this.
I'm missing the built-in lens-hood as is in the Minolta 50mm f1.7.
Form of sun-stars could've been better.
comment:It's a cheap lens well suited for portrait, and still images. Not so well suited for moving objects unless used on more recent FE-mount body's - there it can be used on slower moving things/persons (sports is out of reach).
The lens is sharp enough, even usable full open - and it's the cheapest FE-mount lens available.
I didn't see much color fringing.
When AF-speed isn't an issue, and you don't need the f:1.4 opening - you can put this lens on your list.
2nd hand prices are at this moment around 100à150€'s.
Be sure to update to the latest firmware - it helps a bit with AF-speed (version 3 from 05/2017).
Hunts like hell at F8 and lower on A6000 + A7II

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 12
  • sharpness: 4.46
  • color: 4.58
  • build: 3.50
  • distortion: 4.75
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.31 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania