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Sony SEL50F18 E Mount - APS-C 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens (Black)
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- 50mm F1.8 portrait lens for E-mount cameras, with smooth, quiet AF and Optical SteadyShot to keep images crisp
- Mid-range telephoto lens
- APS-C, E-mount. Angle of view (APS-C): 32 °
- SteadyShot image stabilisation
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|Item Dimensions||6.2 x 6.2 x 6.2 cm||10.39 x 8.71 x 11.91 cm||9.14 x 6.6 x 6.6 cm||4.5 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm||9.14 x 7.11 x 7.11 cm||6.2 x 6.2 x 2.04 cm|
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|Min Aperture||22||22||1.4||22||16 mm||f/16|
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Bright, wide aperture lens with 50mm fixed focal length, ideal for portraits and general photography. F1.8 maximum aperture allows creation of smooth background de-focus effects (bokeh) - ideal for flattering your portrait subject.
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Bright, high performance portrait lens
Bright, wide aperture lens with 50mm fixed focal length, ideal for portraits and general photography
F1.8 maximum aperture allows creation of smooth background defocus effects (bokeh) - ideal for flattering your portrait subject
Stylish, light and easy to carry with high quality aluminium alloy finish on barrel
Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation within lens for crisp, stable handheld portraits. Silent mechanism during movie recording
Innovative optical design achieves clear, high-quality images with minimised distortion and chromatic aberration
Direct Manual Focus disengages AF motor for precise, fine manual focusing control
Wide aperture and Optical SteadyShot make lens highly suitable for atmospheric handheld portraits without flash in dim light
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For taking pictures of people it is head-and-shoulders above all the other NEX lenses I've tried (this one is my fourth lens). Essentially, the f1.8 aperture lets in so much light that (together with the image stabilisation) the camera can use _far_ quicker shutter speeds to get any given shot, which means much less blur and, in practice, lovely sharp pictures. The f1.8 aperture also beautifully de-focuses the background of shots, making for simpler compositions which emphasise the main subjects in the frame. Also, unlike many fast primes, this one is pin sharp right down to F1.8.
Of course the 75mm-equivalent focal length makes this something of a single-purpose lens, but don't let that put you off - it's a purpose which most people will be needing a lot, and there's nothing wrong with doing one thing well. Here's a real-life example:
Last year I went to a wedding. A lovely occasion, but the ceremony was indoors and it was a dull grey day. I used the stock zoom lens that came with the Nex (the 18-55mm one) and for the whole day none of my pictures came out; they were all blurry because people moved too fast and I couldn't respond in time to catch fleeting moments, and that was because the zoom lens can only do about f5 at its 55mm zoom end, and in any case it isn't very sharp at that focal length.
Then, last weekend, we celebrated the Christening of my little son. A lovely occasion, but the ceremony was indoors and it was a dull grey day. I used this lens, and every single one of my photos came out perfectly - beautifully. No need for flash, no need for high ISO. I was even happy setting the camera to default automatic settings and letting my friends take pictures for me, because I trusted the lens to get a good picture. I have never been able to do that before!
One thing I have found is that I need to take one step further backward than I'm used to, because the lens can't focus close-up. You need to be a few feet away from your subject.
In every other respect this is the best money I've invested in photography since buying the camera. I was nervous about buying because this is more expensive than the entry-level lenses in the Nex range. It turns out that there's is a very good reason for the difference - it simply has a much better 'sucess rate' in getting the right photo first time than any other lens I've used; it complements the money I originally invested in the Nex camera and adds a different dimension it didn't have before.
Not just for portaits mind, experiment out and about with it in many situations and it will improve your photography skills.
A great addition to the bag especially for family birthdays, weddings, etc.
Seems to capture a perfect balance between sharp detail and softness.
We have another auto lense that is a bit smaller (i think 30mm) and gave great easy portraits, however it wouldn't give the blurred background, crisp foreground effect and once in low light it struggled. For the 50mm lense not a problem, tap the screen where you want it to focus, give it a sec and beautiful clear crisp images, with a blurred background.
Anything more than 1m behind the subject and it will start to blur. The lense works great in low light to. The wife wanted to hold some xmas lights in the dark and the lense didn't even break a sweat. I was really stunned. Aswell as close photos the lense deals well with far away subject matter, capturing clear images.
The only cons i found with the lense was that due to the default zoom the photographer had to be a bit further back than another 50mm lense I've used. This can be a bit awkward when in confined spaces (a small house). The lense doesn't deal well with nightime traffic or moving lights in the background. We were taking photos with the town christmas decorations in the background, whenever a car drove towards us or away the lense would try and over compensate and forget what it was meant to be focusing on.