Sony SAL-50F18 DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM

Fixed focal length lens for compatible Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras

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The Sony SAL-50F18 lens is a great choice for portraits and everyday photography. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.8 gathers lots of light so you can use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. This lens is also ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash. And its compact, lightweight design won't weigh down your camera bag as you carry it around town.

Product Highlights:

  • 50mm f/1.8 standard lens
  • designed for Sony APS-C sensor SLR cameras
  • not recommended for use with full frame Sony cameras, like the A900
  • effective focal length of 75mm with APS-C sensor Sony cameras
  • large maximum aperture (f/1.8) for better low-light shooting and depth-of-field control
  • minimum focus distance: 13"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 49mm
  • lens is 2-7/8" in diameter, 2-1/8" long
  • weight: 6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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Sony SAL-50F18 DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM Reviews

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Great Basic Lens

Written By DM, Illinois on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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This lens is great. The f1.8 aperture allows more light to enter allowing for slower shutter speeds and better lighting. The prime lens sometimes gets awkward when trying to take photos from an intermediate distance, but that is the trade off with a prime lens. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in an f1.8 lens.

Pros: Great clarity. Better lighting.

Cons: Because it's a prime lens, it cannot zoom in or out. This isn't really a problem, just a consideration.

Excellent Lense

Written By GaryL, West Palm Beach, FL on Monday, May 27, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does the job intended for Sony A55 camera. Easy to use. Sharp pictures. Provides ability to take close up pictures, as well as portraits.

Pros: Quality product. Fast and excellent service from Crutchfield.

Cons: None.

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What's in the box?

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  • SAL50F18 Lens
  • Front lens cap
  • Rear lens cap
  • Operating instructions
  • Precautions before using
  • Warranty information

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Aperture F1.8
Weight 6 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Sony SAL50F18 is a small, lightweight lens that features a large aperture (f/1.8) and fixed focal length of 50mm (APC-C 35mm equivalent of 75mm) which makes it ideal for portrait shots.

DT Lens Design: The DT Lens is a compact, lightweight lens designed specifically for the APS-size CCD imager used in most Sony Alpha-series DSLR cameras.

Note: DT lenses are not recommended for use with the Sony DSLR-A900.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass: The Sony SALF50F18 utilizes ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass to reduce chromatic aberration at telephoto extension and correct certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well defined colors.

Circular Aperture: Because the lens' aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM): The built-in Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) eliminates the need to use a mechanical coupling system in the camera body to transfer auto focus (AF) drive power and control signals to the lens. Instead, AF control signals from the camera body are sent to the lens-mounted SAM unit, which drives the focusing lens group directly, helping to assure smooth AF response.

Manual Focus: To focus manually using this auto-focus lens, set the camera body to manual focus and adjust the focus ring on the lens. The shooting distance scale, located on the barrel of the lens, is graduated in feet and meters from 1.1 ft. (0.34m) to infinity. For accurate manual focusing, look through the viewfinder while rotating the focusing ring

SteadyShot INSIDE In-Camera Image Stabilization: A major reason for the lens' compact, lightweight design is the benefit of SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization, built into every Sony Alpha-series DSLR camera, and enabling the lens to eliminate the extra weight and expense of in-lens stabilization mechanisms.

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