Sony FE 50mm F1.8 Review – Decently Slow

What is the Sony FE 50mm F1.8? This is a budget full-frame lens for the Alpha mirrorless camera system. Furthermore, this is the Japanese tech firm’s take on a low-cost prime lens for the mirrorless camera system. What it offers is that it can capture a standard-angle field of view while being able to deliver a high-aperture number so you can produce all the “bokeh-licious” (to quote one camera and photography gear reviewer) photos that you can muster. Still, there are a bunch of alternatives out there that are located within a similar price point. Even still, Sony’s contender is still a pretty solid choice.

Sony FE 50mm F1.8 Review - Decently Slow

The Sony FE 50mm F1.8 Brings About a Budget-Friendly Offering for Full-Frame Alpha Mirrorless Camera Users

One look at the Sony FE 50mm F1.8 and it is not a really large lens as you would otherwise expect from Canon’s L Lenses. It comes with measurements of 2.3 x 2.7-inches for its height and depth, and it has a weight of 6.6-ounces. As for the front element, it will be able to support 49-millimeter filters. Getting a good feel of the barrel, you will be able to take advantage of a sturdy polycarbonate material, which seems that it can brush off the normal bumps and scrapes like they were nothing. Also, the lens mount is metal.

With the materials used for the creation of the FE 50mm F1.8, you would mistake it for a high-end lens, but this is definitely a budget-friendly offering for the Sony Alpha mirrorless camera system. However, it should be noted that it doesn’t have any toggle switches. It does have, however, a manual focus ring, and that particular element is an electronic affair. When you turn on the ring, it will activate the motor, which would then move the lens elements. While the experience is great, it also means an extra drain on the camera’s batteries. And if you’re fond of mirrorless camera systems, then you would know that the battery doesn’t last very long.

But what’s really important here is the image quality, and it is here where the Sony FE 50mm F1.8 presents a fairly decent offering. Sharpness goes higher as you close down the aperture blades more. However, it should be noted that there will be some color fringing that can be found on some photos when shooting at f/1.8 and f/2. The fringing will disappear as you move further down the aperture range. Overall, this is a lower-priced option as compared to other lenses Sony has on offer for their mirrorless system, but do note it is not without issues.


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