Sony FE 50mm F1.8 E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 8   
reviewer#44344 date: Aug-11-2019
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony E 10-18mm. Voigtlander FE 15mm. Batis 18mm. Batis 25mm. Zeiss 16-35mm f4. 16-35mm GM. Sony FE 28mm. Zeiss FE 35mm. Batis 40mm. Samyang FE AF 45mm. Sony FE 50mm. Sony FE 50mm macro. Zeiss FE 55. Sony FE 85. Sigma A FE 135mm. Sony 70-200 GM. Sony 100-400mm GM.
price paid:
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positive:Very inexpensive. Much better than reviews would lead you to think.
negative:plasticy and, well that's it realy.
comment:This is a nifty fifty. it is as good, image quality wise, as any 50mm prime from the Sony Minolta A-mount era and it very fairly priced. Highly Underrated.
reviewer#44198 date: Dec-16-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
price paid:159€
positive:the lens is sharp
affordable
metal mount
low weight
compact even with the hood
negative:The AF is very slow on nex-c3, rather slow on A7II/A6000 - nearly ok 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).
reviewer#44197 date: Dec-16-2018
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 45 F2
Yongnuo 50 F1.4
Canon EF 50 F1.4 USM
Sigma 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Minolta MD & AF & Sony 50 F1.4
Minolta AF 50 F1.7 & RS
Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM
Konica AR 50 F1.8
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Fotasy 50 F1.8
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Sony E 50 F1.8 OSS
Minolta MD 50 F2
Neewer/Meike/Vivitar 50 F2
Sony 50 F2.8 Macro
Minolta AF 50 F2.8 Macro RS
Minolta AF 50 F3.5 Macro
Minolta MD 50 F3.5 Macro
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Minolta SR 55 F2
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:48 USD (used)
positive:Smooth bokeh
Corner performance
Consistency
Little purple fringing
20 FPS Tracking
Lens Compensation
negative:Soft wide-open
Dark corners
Unit focus
Slow DC motor
Minimal sealing
Hard plastic focus grip
comment:The first one I tried was a retail copy with 2016 manufacturing date purchased from a local camera story. I had bought a new retail copy of the Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM at another store the day before. I won the second copy of the Sony lens on eBay with claimed damage from a sports drink. I steam cleaned this copy, and it seems to work fine now, though it still smells a bit sweet. Then lens focus locked up again, so I disassembled it down to the helicoil and wiped the tracks off with rubbing alcohol. It now focuses much smoother. "Made in CHINA"

This is a simple 6 element 5 group planar double gauss design like most other budget 50 mm primes including the Minolta 50 F1.7 lenses, the Canon EF 50 F1.8 lenses, and the Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM. The rear element is an aspherical which is an innovation in such a simple design. The lens extends on power up to reach infinity focus or whatever manual focus distance was set at power down.

The Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM and 50 F1.4 USM lenses are sharper wide-open in the center, but the FE 50 F1.8 has better edge and corner performance. Purple fringing is pretty minimal, but there is some axial CA.

Like most E-mount lenses and the Canon STM lenses it uses focus-by-wire. The autofocus is quieter than the mechanism used in the Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM or the Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM. The hybrid AF hunting takes time in AF-S. The STM lenses focus faster on the MC-11 with phase-detect enabled since they don't have to deal with the contrast-detect hunt.

I prefer the plastic exterior to the aluminum facade of the E 50 F1.8 OSS and FE 28 F2, but the hard plastic focus grip harkens back to the late cheap film kit zooms like the 35-80 and 75-300. The APS-C 50 mm is definitely a better though more complicated lens.

This slow focusing lens supports the 20 FPS tracking mode on the A9 while the older but faster focusing E 50 F1.8 OSS and Sonnar FE 55 F1.8 primes do not.
reviewer#40966 date: Nov-13-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.7
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:FE 28/2
Zeiss 24/2 + LA-EA4
Tamron 28-75 + LA-EA4
Tamron 70-200/2.8 Li + LA-EA4
price paid:220
positive:Light
Sharp on 1.8 or higher
small lens
bokeh
negative:AF, AF, AF, AF!
for someone plastic feeling (not for me)
comment:Great lens for static subject, but for moving things in lower light (hall ...) is really hard to use. AF is slow and pulsing ... but if it lock AF is really sharp with nice colors and bokeh. But AF speed ...
reviewer#40952 date: Oct-24-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
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price paid:300 USD (new)
positive:sharpness
color
negative:af slow
comment:I think it's a perfect lens to use in a full frame camera, with a very bad autofocus and construction.
reviewer#29671 date: Aug-24-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 2
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 3.8
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony SAL 50 F1.4 (+ LA-EA4) is sharper at F2.5 and AF is very fastest than SEL50F18F.
price paid:300€
positive:Light and cheap. Great sharp from F2.8
negative:AF very very slow, too slow.
comment:I prefere my SAL 50 F1.4 + LA-EA4 adapter so I decide to sell the SEL 50 F1.8 FE after ony 10 days. The AF is very very slow to me, In portrait session with childer is useless.
reviewer#28613 date: Jun-27-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.6
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
FE 28-70 3.5-5.6
SAL2875
price paid:248 USD
positive:Very sharp
IQ excellent
Light
negative:AF very slow and noisy
comment:Sharpness is great, even at 1.8 the center part is extraordinarily sharp which gets better and better all over the frame when stopping down. At F/4 you will get excellent results.
Frankly, I did not expect much but to my surprise it turned out to be a gem.
reviewer#27576 date: May-12-2016
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.2
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
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta AF 50/1.4
Sony E 50/1.8 OSS
price paid:250 USD
positive:Very sharp from F2.8-8, acceptable at 1.8

No discernible distortion

Very light, but still feels well made, all metal mount

While not a "bargain" when compared to other brands 50/1.8's, it is the least expensive FE lens currently available.

One more positive step in expanding the FE lens line-up.
negative:AF speed is less than ideal, pulsing and noisy.

Noticeable CR to 2.8, much less 4.0 on on, but never got away completely. Not a big deal, but needs to be
mentioned.

Would have paid a bit more for a better AF motor.
comment:Overall, there is not much to complain about in this lens, with the exception of the AF motor. This motor is noisy, and definitely slower than the motor used in other E/FE lenses. As an A-mount user, a bit of focusing noise seldom bothers me, but when the camera is in pre-AF, it is constant whirr-whirr, pulsing in and out. Focus speed is on par with the Minolta AF 50/1.4 on the LA-EA4. The motor is the reason for a 3 rating for build. Otherwise, the build is a 4.

Optically, it is a surprise, a bit soft wide open to about 2.2, but sharpens up very nicely after that. Sharpness is pretty much across the field on a flat subject. Corners match up nicely to the center. Haven't shot enough to know if that is as true in more 3D situations. No distortions that I can see, and flare is well controlled, though I haven't put it to serious tests as yet, it's been cloudy and rainy since I got the lens.

While this is the least expensive FE lens currently available, it is still more expensive than the major competition from Canikon, about the same price as the Panasonic equivalent, and cheaper than the Olympus and Fuji lenses that fit the same roll. So for the mirrorless market, it is by far the best buy because it will work well on APS-C, as well as full frame. Something that none of the competition can claim.Also, I'm sure it will get an instant rebate discount at some point, bringing it down to $200-225. Wasn't enough to make me wait to satisfy my lens lust.

So if you have an a7 camera, and do not currently own the Zeiss 55mm, this is well worth considering.
reviews found: 8   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 8
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 4.63
  • build: 3.13
  • distortion: 4.88
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.27

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