Sony FE 50mm F1.8 E-mount lens review by jml79

reviewer#45790 date: Nov-29-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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:Samyang 14mm f/2.8 MF MK2
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 FE
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 FE
Sony 50mm f/2.5G FE
Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art (A Mount)
Sony 50mm f/1.4 (A Mount)
Tamron 90mm Macro f/2.8 (A Mount)
Sony 135mm f/1.8 (A Mount)
Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM (A Mount)
And lots of others.
price paid:200 (Cdn, Used)
positive:Small, cheap, decent IQ
negative:Slow AF on older bodies (A7ii and older), noisy AF motor.
comment:Decent lens that holds up to the 42mp sensor. Some coma at the corners but not a lot, mild colour fringing. Overall a decent lens for the price. I'll often carry it if I think I might need something faster than f/2.8. Make sure you update the lens and it works much better on 3 series bodies than the older original or 2 series. The AF is very slow on the older bodies.
This is an updated review after buying an A7Riii.

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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