Sony lens review – Sony FE 50mm f1.8

Sony FE 50mm f1.8

The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 stands out as the most affordable Sony lens and maybe one of the most sought-after Sony lenses when full frame E-mount cameras are concerned.

However, this Sony lens version is not up to the mark in terms of build quality because it is made of plastic, albeit it is second to none in regard to the performance it delivers and the images it produces!

Most photographers have a tendency toward Zeiss 55mm when it comes to purchasing. If a similar case were built in the Sony FE 50mm, it would even be more valuable for photographers.

Product overview

Feel at ease while taking wonderful shots with your E-mount mirrorless camera or well-suited Sony Handycam by integrating Sony 50mm f/1.8 camera lens into the camera.

This lens is highly lightweight, as it weighs only 6.7 ounces for a light portrait lens, which is just the ticket for photography in dim light.

The broad aperture is instrumental in producing sumptuous photos even when there is no light thus enabling you to enjoy photography for an extended period. Also, the lens utilizes lower ISOs for noise diminution.

Apart from this, the round aperture helps in creating brilliantly round light points while it is completely open for streamlined bokeh that enables defocused backgrounds appear chromatic.

Sony FE 50mm f1.8


This Sony 50mm f/1.8 camera lens is the best compatible with full-frame Sony cameras, as it enables you to make the most of shorter focal length.

Alternatively, based on your preferences, this Sony lens is the thing that you can use on a crop-sensor camera for enhanced and effective focal lengths.

It makes the most of high-speed, responsive focusing that is all because of the dominant motor, which is exceptionally low in terms of sound, making it practical for film making, as the noise of focusing will not be audible on the audio tracking.

The lens includes a variety of innovative lens elements that largely cut down the effects of lens flare, ghost images and chromatic abnormality.

Thus, the photos you get are clear and consistent. A solid metal mount enables this Sony 50mm f/1.8 camera lens to withstand regular use.


Lens type Prime lens

Max Format size 35mm FF

Focal length 50 mm

Image stabilization No

Lens mount Sony FE


Maximum aperture F1.8

Minimum aperture F22

Aperture ring No

Number of diaphragm blades 7


Elements 6

Groups 5

Special elements / coatings One aspherical element


Minimum focus 0.45 m (17.72″)

Maximum magnification 0.14×

Autofocus Yes

Full time manual No

Focus method Extending front

Distance scale No

DoF scale No

Focus distance limiter No


Weight 186 g (0.41 lb)

Diameter 69 mm (2.72″)

Length 60 mm (2.36″)

Sealing No

Color Black

Filter thread 49 mm

Hood supplied Yes

Hood product code ALC-SH146

Tripod collar No


  • Satisfactory image quality
  • Reasonably priced
  • Compact size
  • Fast to focus in adequate lighting


  • Autofocus in scanty lighting even with the a7r II is not very fast.
  • Autofocus seems a little louder than I would personally like, however it is quite fine in practical life use.

What’s in the box

  • Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens for Sony Alpha E-mount Cameras
  • Hood (ALC-SH146)
  • Lens rear cap (ALC-R1EM)
  • Lens front cap (ALC-F49S)
  • Owner’s manual


Looking at Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 lens and its features, it is easy to conclude that the lens is pretty decent. Also, the lens is designed to deliver a very good image quality; suffice it to say that the company needs not to spend time or money on resources to design an innovative optical formula.

This way, the company needs not to spend any more money to produce a lens comparable to Sony’s existing Sonnar T FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens. In spite of the good things, the lens certainly has demerits, too – most significantly, the extremely slow autofocus.

In the wake of this loophole, the lens is not the worth the recommendation with all the heart.

The thing is although fine if you are looking to take photographs or make videos of stationary objects, but this type of fast prime is attuned to genres where speedy focusing is required or sought after, for example, eco portraiture and street photography.

In all such state of affairs, the 55mm f/1.8 would be the ticket. Also, individuals with less budget who can put up with the Auto Focus are likely to be impressed by the image quality.

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