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Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

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

Item # 158EL50F18

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

What's in the box:

  • E50mm F1.8 OSS lens (SEL50F18)
  • 49mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH116 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty Sheet

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Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

Antonio from San Juan, PR on 12/15/2018

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Great bukeh, good for portraits

Pros: Fast and cimpact

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Crutchfield customer from San Jose, CA on 6/12/2018

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Great lens for low light situations. Very light weight and compact. You do have to stand a bit far away for full body shots.

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Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

Crutchfield customer from Brooklyn, NY on 8/19/2017

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Great lens

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Great Lens

Darrell from Saipan, MP on 8/16/2017

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When I purchased this lens I was still kinda debating if this lens is really worth it. Because I already have a 30mm f1.4 lens that I really used but when I tried using it, it surpasses my expectations the picture quality is really nice and sharp! I highly recommend this lens especially for portraits or street photography.

Pros: Light weight, captures sharp shots and good picture quality

Cons: None

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Crystal clear

Aaron from Granger, IN on 7/2/2017

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If your debating between that "other brand" 60mm lens and this one.. get this one. It's seriously such clean and clear optics from edge to edge. The Bokeh is near perfect.

Pros: Clean clear image quality Fast A/F ability Native compatibility

Cons: None so far..

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Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

Crutchfield customer from West Jordan, UT on 5/30/2017

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Great lens. Sharp pictures.

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A must-have lense.

Antonio from Puerto Rico on 4/25/2016

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If you want to receive that "WOW!" response when showing portrait pictures taken, look no further. The performance of this lense is fantastic.

Pros: Fast, sharp, light...

Cons: None

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E-mount Nifty Fifty

CoasterTim from Pennsylvania on 7/20/2015

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Simply put, this is a must-have lens for any e-mount camera. When you're ready to get a bit more serious about photography or you just want to get those great portrait shots with the nice blurred background, this is the next lens to add to your collection.

Pros: Bright 1.8 aperture / Sharp pics / Great shallow depth of field / It does what it's designed to do and does it superbly. Buy it.

Cons: No cons as far as I'm concerned.

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Perfect PIctures!

DanielT from Somerville, MA on 11/24/2013

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You can't beat this prime lens - creamy bokeh and sharp subjects, its the all-around can't-miss lens you've been looking for. Lightning quick autofocus, tank-like bulid... this lens absolutely has it all.

Pros: Creamy bokeh, great build, fast focus

Cons: Slightly more expensive than Canon and Nikon's offerings with the same specs...

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More details on the Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8

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Features

Optics: The Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The large F1.8 aperture lets you take clear, high-quality images with very little distortion or chromatic aberration. It has 9 elements in 8 groups, and a 7-blade circular aperture.

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 SteadyShot (OSS): The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization helps you achieve blur-free still images and videos. Optical SteadyShot gives you a 4-stop shutter speed advantage.

Direct Manual Focus (DMF): Direct Manual Focus lets you manually adjust the focus, even when in autofocus mode. After the camera autofocuses on the subject, you can turn the focus ring to focus on a specific point.

Specifications:

Lens E 50mm F1.8 OSS
35mm Equivalent 75mm
Angle of View 32°
Minimum Focus 0.79' (9.48")
Filter Diameter 49mm
f-stop f/1.8 maximum
f/22 minimum
Dimensions Diameter: 2.444"
Length: 2.652" (3.126" w/caps)
Weight 7.25 ounces

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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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