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New to me 50mm SEL. Better shade and a question.

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by davect01, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    I just got a new to me 50mm SEL. I messed around with it a bit last night, and love it.

    The shade that comes with this lens is huge. I am not sure I would ever use it. Looking into my junk drawer, I noticed one of the "flower pedel" shades that was left over from a previous lens. It fits perfectly! :thumbup:

    I noticed the 50mm has a firmware update. How do I check to see if this has been done? Also, how does one update the firmware on a lens?

    This lens could quickly become a favorite lens.
     
  2. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
  3. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    LOL - the Sony websites are so inconsistent across the globe! I just use whichever one has what I need at the time! In this case handily, the UK site is actually pretty good when it comes to E-Mount Lens support.
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    A couple of shots with the "Petal" hood.
     

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  5. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    The OEM hood offers excellent protection, I'd use it just for this.

    I don't know if it flares without a hood. Never took it off. I also don't know if that petal hood does you much good anyway - it's not designed for this lens and it's way shorter.

    If you only use hood for protection, just get a decent filter & mount hood backwards on the lens, only put it on when there's an issue with flaring / contrast loss.
     
  6. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    Assuming the OEM hood is the same one as the SEL55210 then the problem with backward mounting it (which you can) is that you can't reach the focus ring anymore... So AF only which would be very annoying for me at least as I usually use DMF a fair bit.
     
  7. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Umm.. yeah, you're not supposed to use it with a backward mounted hood. ;)
     
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    It came off of a 18-55mm which is much the same size.

    I really don't know if I will keep it on, and how much it actually does, or perhaps get a small one, just for protection.

    I do DMF a lot, so backwards would not work.
     
  9. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    First shots

    Very dim room, watching the tv.

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    Windy, cloudy day.

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