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Sony FE 50mm 1.8f - for the money, it's really not a bad lens

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by orlcam88, Feb 11, 2018.

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  1. orlcam88

    orlcam88 TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 24, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    I had a business trip last week in Dallas and needed a carry around lens but the only lens I had was the 100-400m. The lens I was waiting for (24-105mm) wasn't available for shipping until this past Monday so that wouldn't work out. As I didn't want to bring that large lens due to not being able to shoot during the day time, I went over to B&H photo in the city to see what used lenses they have. I was going for cheap but capable. I asked the clerk to list out what he had for Sony and heard him mentioned the 50mm for $156. I read about this lens having slow focusing but the glass was good so I went for it.

    I shot some around the city on my way back and I didn't find an issue with focusing. It took some nice landscapes. When I got home, I wanted to see what would cause the slow focus people mentioned and it's basically any object in near focus. Strangely, it would take time to get a focus on near objects. I'm not talking about getting within inches, but anything within around 10 feet. As I wasn't going to use this lens for that, I was fine with it.

    So for less than $200, I'd say I got a pretty good lens. Here are my shots.
     

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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I’d say you’re right! :thumbup:
     
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  3. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Some nice shots you've made! I have this lens too and it's kind of a bargain IMHO if you don't mind the crippled AF. And its geometric distortion is super-low, even uncorrected, so it's ideal for cityscapes with all their straight lines.
     
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  4. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD TalkEmount Veteran

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    Nov 25, 2012
    Viera, Florida, USA
    Steve
    But if you're shooting something like a portrait, AF within range is fine. It really only racks out slowly, or goes from far to near slowly. Within a smaller range, I find it perfectly acceptable. I love it on an A6500, too.
     
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  5. Hamsong

    Hamsong TalkEmount Regular

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    Sep 20, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    I bought this lens for my wife, who has begun shooting family portraits, maternity, birth, etc. Aside from the minor focusing sound and the slower but predictable focus, it renders VERY well and is a cheap alternative to the stunning Zeiss 55 f1.8. Since they are now selling for only $199, it's a steal.
     
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  6. Tipton

    Tipton TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Jan 30, 2016
    Rae Leggett
    I just have to say I really like the pic of the big eyeball.
     
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  7. jon84

    jon84 New to TalkEmount

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    May 21, 2018
    Sorry to Bump!

    Newbie to the forum here. I am looking between this lens and the SEL35 on my a6000. Being Equivalent of 75mm on the SEL50, does any one feel that the lens is too restrictive when shooting on the street?
     
  8. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Netherlands
    Ad Dieleman
    Depends on what you're looking for on the street, but for me 50mm equivalent is already fairly long, I prefer 35-40mm equivalent and in crowded places I sometimes use 28mm. 75mm equivalent, using the FE 1.8/50 on an A6000, would be much too tight for me.
     
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  9. jon84

    jon84 New to TalkEmount

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    May 21, 2018
    Thanks for the reply :) 

    I like to capture people with some more context to their environment. Also like taking Architecture shots too.

    My thinking was I'd be too tight with the 75mm equiv
     
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  10. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    On the a6000, I found my SEL5018 OSS to be too long for street photography. The f/1.8 is great at night, but difficult to frame decent shots. My Sigma 19 and 30mm f/2.8 Art primes work better for street and architecture. The FOV is similar to Ad's recommendations.
     
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  11. JonathanF2

    JonathanF2 TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Aug 16, 2014
    Los Angeles, USA
    I think the optics of the 50mm 1.8 FE are very good. My issue with that lens is that they put a 90s throwback AF motor into it. It makes it pretty useless for things like video. I don't think Sony should be rewarded for cutting corners, especially when the competitors have faster focusing budget 50mm or equivalents lenses in the same price range.
     
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