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Showcase Sony FE 50 1.8 (SEL50F18F)

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by cvt01, May 7, 2016.

  1. cvt01

    cvt01 TalkEmount Regular

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  2. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Gary
    It's looking good!
     
  3. SRHEdD

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    Steve
    Let's put the camera/lens combo so we can see what it is being used on. Good?
     
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  4. SamSS

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    cvt01, did you capture these images in RAW? Those are very nice family photos but could be improved nicely if CA was cleaned up on the first two photos.
     
  5. WNG

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    Will
    I don't think it's desired to correct for CA or anything else when you're assessing the lens' rendering quality. We want to see the strengths and weaknesses. That's why SOOC is important, to establish a basis.

    Lens has very nice color, DOF and is sharp.
     
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  6. cvt01

    cvt01 TalkEmount Regular

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    I processed these in lightroom and if anything the processing made the 'CA' stronger... these are not SOOC. I run all my raw files through the same basic processing in lightroom.
     
  7. cvt01

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    It was the A7, the flickr link has all the exif info.
     
  8. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Veteran

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    These look good! I'll see how I like mine when it arrives Monday. A little worried about the focusing though, but I'll have to test to out myself to see how it fares.
     
  9. WT21

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    I maybe have to pick up an a7 again, just to get this lens!
     
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  10. SRHEdD

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    Steve
    So I just shot some senior portraits for a friend's daughter. I exclusively used the SEL50F18F. When I got it, and tried focusing on things around the house, the AF seemed slow and annoying. But, in the heat of the battle, composing, watching expressions, calling out direction, focusing, and watching exposure info, if is 100% workable. It was never slow in practical use. It was ready every time I was, and kept up perfectly with the A7ii. Looking quickly through the shots, this one jumped out for me to share.

    ASharrow1bsm.
     
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  11. JonathanF2

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    Took another stab with the lens today, it's sharp but I'm still not sure about the AF. On the plus side you can mount a 49mm to 52mm step-up adapter and still mount the stock hood. Also it's probably best to shoot in continuous instead of single shot to make sure you nail the shot! ;)

    Here's one of my daughter with the A7 and 50 1.8 FE:
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  12. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

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    Ad Dieleman
    That's odd, from you and some others it becomes clear that the lens performs much better when continous AF is used. What's up with that? It makes me believe that Sony can do a firmware update so that it'll behave better in single AF too.
     
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  13. SRHEdD

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    Steve
    I preferred AF-S for those senior portraits, never hunted. Always locked in fast an sure.
     
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  14. JonathanF2

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    I use single point AF, but shoot in continuous shooting mode to take multiple shots, due to any spastic action my kids might do. For portraiture with people who actually stay still, the focus is not an issue in good light. I'd say the focus on the 50mm 1.8 FE is about a 1/2 to 1 second difference versus a fast focusing lens.
     
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  15. Nexnut

    Nexnut TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Just in case - Davin Lavikka's 2 cts on this lens:

     
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  16. WT21

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    I ordered one to arrive tomorrow. Looking forward to trying it out. Updated the FW on both cameras, as that seems to be essential for AF, from what I've read.
     
  17. JonathanF2

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    I've decided to keep mine. Once you get used to shooting with one the focus isn't so bad. You just have to know the limitations of the focus and shoot accordingly. Once it nails focus, it's pretty accurate. Though I'm not sure I'd use it to shoot in low light conditions.
     
  18. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Steve
    Exactly!! Every lens is different. It has its place.
     
  19. WNG

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    Will
    Well-executed glass, poor cost-cutting decision on the AF. I think if Sony invested that little bit more and the final cost was $275-300, people would still be buying them off the shelves because there would be no shortcomings.
    But going with the less expensive external-focused design meant there would be a lot of mass to move about.
    Hopefully, it will get firmware refinements, and motor revisions should the lens be a strong seller. The tried and true D-G Planar hybrid formula does render outstanding images, as the samples earlier prove.
     
  20. JonathanF2

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    This sample thread needs some more pictures! I think the key to overcoming the slower focus of this lens is to use the single AF box setting, aim for a good contrast area and focus. Also the lens does well at further distances due to less AF adjusting of the lens. The nice thing about the 50mm FE is that it's the exact same height and filter thread as the 28mm f/2 lens.

    All shot with the A7 and 50mm 1.8 FE:
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