Rated 5 out of
Great Prime Lens
I have used it with my NEX5n and now using it for A6000. It is a great prime lens for Potraits. It is crisp and photo quality is great. Everyone loves pictures from it.
A must for mirrorless Camera owners.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 5 out of
This is a great lens to add to your bag!
Having gotten used to the kit lens, it was time to branch out and that meant getting a portrait lens for that all-so-important bokeh that everyone looks for!
After reviewing several sample images and opinions about what lens to get, I settled on finding a 50mm portrait lens and got myself the SEL50F18.
What a great lens! Images are noticeably cleaner than the kit lens, and the f1.8 aperture makes for positively amazing low-light images. The detail in the subject along with the smoothness of the bokeh in the background is so easy to achieve with minimal effort in shot setup.
Auto Focus is reasonably quick and in DMF mode, getting bokeh in the foreground and background is easily attained with plenty of adjustment in the manual focus ring.
Construction of the lens is good too. Metal, lightweight, a little on the slippery side when new, but otherwise a tidy package. You get a lens cap for either end plus a hood to eliminate glare from the sun. The SEL50F18 is currently available quite cheap from some camera stores compared to RRP, even cheaper than new units from eBay!
The only real con is the simple fact that there is no zoom, but that's why they invented legs to move you closer or further away from the subject. Of course no portrait lens has zoom, but when you learn how to position yourself, you'll probably find that you don't need it.
If you've never used a portrait lens before, then this is the one to get. Cheap, reliable and produces some seriously tasty images. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 4 out of
Great sharp lens
The SEL50F18 is Sonys attempt at a 50mm portrait lens for the E-mount line up of cameras. And they've done a great job.
It's a very capable lens - both in image quality and low light. It is perhaps the sharpest lens I own for my Nex-5R. If you are willing to sacrifice a little bit of the image quality, you can also have some surprisingly good low light shots using not much shutter speed. It is a great lens to leave on the camera all day and wander around town with.
The only downsides are its value for money and also its focal length. Bang for your buck, you can do better for less with a different lens at the expense of image quality and focal ratio. As for the focal length, it can make it a pain indoors for example to use (35mm equivalent is 75mm).
Overall for the money, it is a great little lens if you're after a sharp lens and can deal with the 50mm. It'd make a great addition to your lens selection.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 1 out of
Poor Build Quality
I bought this lens, only to find that the top glass of the lens is not leveled. I could see that the thickness of the black ring just on top of the glass was not even - at one side was around 1 mm and the other was around 2 mm. I returned the lens and went to another shop to check the same 50mm 1.8 E mount lens. The issue is less serious, but still exist.
The issue may be due to the black ring thickness, or the top glass is not leveled - one side is higher than the other side. If that is the glass issue, it means that the glass is not perpendicular to the axis. Of course, I have no instrument to measure.
Date published: 2013-02-18