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

reviewer#45665 date: Mar-15-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 24-105 G f/4 OSS, Minolta 50mm 1.4, Samyang 35mm 2.8 and many others.
price paid:£109
positive:Light, fast 1.8, E mount full frame, natural colours, cheap in comparison to others, small lens, relatively responsive AF on my Sony A7. I believe it may behave better with Sony A7 III onward, 49mm tread filter.
negative:Plastic build, Noisy AF but OK as long as you do not shoot video with AF. A bit soft wide open,
comment:I want something light and good and all this would be Sony 55 1.8 but it is expensive so I got Sony 50mm 1.8 instead. As a quality my Sony 24-105 G f/4 lens is much better in every aspect but it is not fast and it is not light. As you may espect on Sony A7 I prefer light lenses. I do have Samyang 35mm f/2.8 and is a fantastic lens but I found I prefer 50mm to 35 mm especially for portraits with 35mm lens you must be in someone private distance that is not convenient for me.I do have Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 but is heavy. On the other hand if I buy Samyang 45mm f/1.8 it will be very close to my Samyang 35mm f/2.8
I would not use Sony 50mm f1.8 for fast moving objects or sport just because the AF is not responsive enough but it is nice lens and does not brake the bank.

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
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