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Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

Standard prime lens for APS-C sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras (Black)

Item # 158E50F18K

There's a reason 50mm lenses have sold well for large sensor cameras: this versatile focal length is equally strong...

There's a reason 50mm lenses have sold well for large sensor cameras: this versatile focal length is equally strong...

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About the Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

A lens for all seasons

There's a reason 50mm lenses have sold well for large sensor cameras: this versatile focal length is equally strong for portraits, general photography and videos. When you've got one with an aperture this wide, you increase its utility tenfold. An f/1.8 aperture means fantastic shots in low light, and the "mild telephoto" focal length means portraits that will stand out against a buttery background blur.

A lens for all seasons

There's a reason 50mm lenses have sold well for large sensor cameras: this versatile focal length is equally strong for portraits, general photography and videos. When you've got one with an aperture this wide, you increase its utility tenfold. An f/1.8 aperture means fantastic shots in low light, and the "mild telephoto" focal length means portraits that will stand out against a buttery background blur.

Sony's outfitted this lens with smooth-running, near-silent motors: a linear motor controls the focus drive, and a stepping motor is the power behind the responsive aperture-control system. You'll appreciate the quiet operation the first time you use this lens to capture video with sound.

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Product highlights:

  • 50mm f/1.8 lens
  • effective focal length: 75mm with APS-C sensor Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • direct manual focus overrides autofocus without the need for any switching
  • SteadyShot® optical image stabilization
  • maximum magnification ratio: x0.16
  • minimum focus distance: 15.3"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 8 groups, 9 elements
  • filter/attachment size: 49mm
  • lens is 2-1/2" in diameter, 2-11/16" long
  • weight: 7.25 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • lens hood
  • MFR # SEL50F18/B
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What's in the box:

  • Black E50mm F1.8 OSS lens (SEL50F18)
  • 49mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • E-mount rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH116 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions (3 copies in multiple languages)
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited Warranty (US)
  • European Guarantee Information Document

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Features

Optics: The Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18) standard prime lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens has a focal length of 50mm with 35mm full frame cameras like the A7 (ILCE7 and 7R), and 75mm on NEX-series cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. It comes with the ALC-SH116 lens hood, and front and rear lens caps.

Note: Using this lens on a full-frame camera may result in vignetting -- causing the corners of the image to become darker than the center.

Optical Steady Shot (OSS): The SEL50F18 has built-in Optical Steady Shot (OSS) lens stabilization. When mounted to a compatible camera, Optical Steady Shot can compensate for camera shake to prevent blurred images, especially in low light situations. The shake compensation is equivalent to 4 stops.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu. In Direct Manual focus, you can fine-tune the focus by turning the focusing ring after initially auto-focusing. Manual focusing is performed with the focusing ring as well.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the bayonet-type ALC-SH116 lens hood to prevent stray light from entering the lens causing lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds about 1.7" to the overall length of the lens. When shooting with flash, you should remove the lens hood to prevent shadows at the bottom of the picture.

Specifications:

Lens E 50mm F1.8 OSS
Focal Length (35mm) 50mm
APS-C Equivalent 75mm
Lens Construction 9 elements in 8 groups
Maximum Magnification 0.16x (APS-C)
Angle of View 32°
Minimum Focus 15.36"
Filter Diameter 49mm
Aperture Range f/1.8 maximum
f/22 minimum
Aperture Type 7-blade circular
Weight 7.25 ounces
Dimensions Diameter 2.441", Length 2.655" (3.125" w/lens caps)

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Reviews seem good. [ DORIN  Jan 15, 2018 ]
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Great lens at a great price! [ Robert  Mar 02, 2017 ]
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Image Stabilization [ JON  May 13, 2016 ]
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Better than the lens that comes with the kit [ Vince  May 12, 2016 ]
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Can't beat this lense performance for its price. I own its little brother, the 35mm, and love it. I will use this one for medium range sport shots of my kids. [ ANTONIO  Apr 12, 2016 ]
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