• Welcome to TalkEmount.com, the best Sony E-mount camera and photography community on the web.
    Click here to join for free and enjoy unlimited photo uploads in our forums.

SEL 50/1.8 and a few legacies, including Pentax K55/1.8

nianys

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Aug 23, 2012
Messages
1,558
Location
France
I received the SEL 50/1.8 from Amazon today. For info I think their 246€ price is pretty good, free shipping and 30 day free return window. Nice.
The lens is sleek, very light (incredible how using this instead of a metal built legacy ligthens up the whoel package). My first reaction to the AF performane (tested tonight indoors in low light, so it should be much improved in daylight) was surprisingly positive. It snapped in focus pretty quickly. Unfortunately, that was short lived. There was much hunting involved, and at no time was able to keep up with my excited kid.
Optical quality is absolutely excellent. Great sharpness, smooth bokeh, good color saturation and contrast.

a756a5c508681caca0b207381a4e5f57_137.jpg
NEX-6    E 50mm F1.8 OSS    50mm    f/1.8    1/100s    ISO 400

Real life sample..

Now, a Barbie doll test, with a few lenses. First, the SEL again :
26ead60879185e786b881ad144439972_456.jpg
NEX-6    E 50mm F1.8 OSS    50mm    f/1.8    1/160s    ISO 400


The Pentax 55/1.8 :
e547bc48d7fdc8c15b6e5773df8e8ecc_456.jpg
NEX-6    ----    0mm    f/1.0    1/125s    ISO 400


For the record and comparison, my most used lens, the Rokkor MC 50/1.4, here at F2 :
f083dd4d0aa478719721b9909289875d_456.jpg
NEX-6    ----    0mm    f/1.0    1/125s    ISO 400


And a little unexpected guest to the party :
ddf634a16e9abe0f2ae0654f71d53ef8_456.jpg
NEX-6    ----    0mm    f/1.0    1/125s    ISO 400

Canon FL 85/1.8 !!

So, how do I like the SEL ? Optically there is nothing to flaw. I'm sure in good light it's capable enough for AF. Is it an exciting lens (for me), one I feel like loving or using ?? Err... Having used MF exclusively for 3 months now I miss this part of the process, and AF is not fast or reliable enough to compensate for that.
It's pretty likely to go back unless I suddenly fall in love with it in the next days.
 

Jefenator

TalkEmount Top Veteran
Joined
Nov 23, 2012
Messages
914
Location
Oregon, USA
Real Name
Jeff
I always like your comparisons - TFS! :)

I have a couple of native e-mount lenses (SEL24 & Sigma 30). I like them for what they have to offer (mainly: awesome performance in a very small & light form - oh, right, and AF...) but I'm not especially fond of the whole focus-by-wire deal. If I were adequately zealous about the nifty-fifty range, I could see the stabilization being nice to have in the SEL50 and I'm glad to see it compares so well optically.

I think you might really be in your element with that 85mm! (Something about those longer lenses for subject isolation...)

I may be all fiftied out for the moment. Except since I have the Leica-R adapter, those nifties are almost within my reach. (If they're anything like the 35mm Summicron, wide open performance would be like nothing else...) Oh, and then there's that Zeiss fast macro. Not to mention the e-mount 50mm macro they're putting out next summer...

I need help, don't I? ;)
 

teefin1

TalkEmount Top Veteran
Joined
Sep 7, 2012
Messages
618
That canon 85 looks fantastic. I bought the SEL 50 when I first got my 5n and , like you, Nianys, decided to send it back, although it's performance was stellar. I would have liked to try it on the 7 with the added resolution :)
 

quezra

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Aug 22, 2012
Messages
1,055
Nice review!
So, how do I like the SEL ? Optically there is nothing to flaw. I'm sure in good light it's capable enough for AF. Is it an exciting lens (for me), one I feel like loving or using ?? Err... Having used MF exclusively for 3 months now I miss this part of the process, and AF is not fast or reliable enough to compensate for that.
It's pretty likely to go back unless I suddenly fall in love with it in the next days.
This is exactly my conclusion with the 50 too. Now I have the Sigma 19 as my AF lens, I may even sell this before the 32 and 35 come out (which to me are much more useful AF lengths)
 

nianys

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Aug 23, 2012
Messages
1,558
Location
France
I do think the SEL is brilliant optically, however I couldn't say it's *very* superior to the legacies. If you add a tad of contrast (where older lenses always tend to lack a bit, except the Canons), I'd say the oldies are 98% on par optically speaking.
I don't know how the SEL would perform for street. AF speed might be an issue, or might not in good light, I don't know.
All I'm saying is that over three months making MF part of my shooting process, NOT having to focus feels a bit weird, something's missing. The SEL is sleek and modern looking and totally devoid of handling joy, so I'm likely to stick with the legacies instead..,
 

quezra

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Aug 22, 2012
Messages
1,055
Yeah I find focus-by-wire vastly inferior to mechanical manual focus. Sure it has a finer adjustment but if I need to swing quickly to my 2-year-old niece running around, it's physically impossible for me to keep up.

Then between my 50/1.8 and 55/1.2 of course I'm going to keep the 1.2, so much better in every way, lacks OSS and AF but I don't even use them so...
 

Dioptrick

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Feb 4, 2012
Messages
1,528
Location
New Zealand
"Totally devoid of handling joy" - brilliantly put! :)

That will send shivers down the spine of Sony's lens designers, lol!

(I can just hear it... " hey, did we scrap those Minolta MF lens machines?!! We better re-run those and make more old-school legacies!") :eek:
 

freddytto

TalkEmount All-Pro
Joined
Dec 2, 2011
Messages
1,449
Location
Puebla, Mexico
That will send shivers down the spine of Sony's lens designers, lol!

(I can just hear it... " hey, did we scrap those Minolta MF lens machines?!! We better re-run those and make more old-school legacies!") :eek:

lol jojojo I can hear you, you're always in a good mood. :D
 

Latest threads

Top Bottom