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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
  • SteadyShot image stabilisation
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Colour: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 6.2 cm ; 204 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: SEL50F18/B
  • ASIN: B00EPWC30O
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Nov. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,840 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Bright, very high quality portrait lens with Optical SteadyShot- Only compatible with E-mount cameras.

Take beautiful portraits in available light with the wide aperture and Optical SteadyShot making this lens highly suitable for atmospheric handheld portraits without flash in dim light.
With Optical SteadyShot and image stabilisation you can have crisp, stable handheld images.
Also with smooth, quiet, high speed autofocus with linear motor, this lens makes it ideal for stills and with its silent mechanism, perfect for HD movie shooting.

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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
Toss up between this or the other Sony prime lens f1.8 35mm but for the price this was unbeatable. IQ is great, yes little bigger but still looks the part, well made, very hard to take a bad photo.....can take a while to focus occasionally....but this is rare and I have not missed a shot because of it. Compared to the kit lens 16-35mm....this one rarely leaves my camera now....if ever....until I get the next lens.....ha
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I don't usually give 5 stars in these reviews, but this lens has almost made my old Nex 3 feel like a new camera.

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.
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Colour: silver Verified Purchase
I have the wide angle and zoom E-mount lenses. This lens being a 50mm prime is harder to use in terms of distance from subject but the resulting pictures are brilliant! A superb lens for portrait photography on a fairly low-priced camera.
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.
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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
This lens Exceeded my expectations. Focus is relatively fast and very accurate. The quality of pictures taken is superb. At f1.8 there is no vignetting, or blurring at the edges. Keep in mind this lens has quite a narrow field of view, perfect for portraits, not so good for close ups, except for small objects, I found it amazing for taking shots of plants and flowers. I haven't really used it for video.
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Colour: silver Verified Purchase
Bought this ahead of a trip to India with my Sony A5000 camera. The lens is beautiful for portraits and my friends have been thrilled with the pictures that I've taken of them. It's my first fixed lens and I didn't find it hard to adapt. Within a short while I was composing scenes in my mind before lifting the camera. Sure, you have to move around a bit more but you'll take better pictures as a result. At its largest apertures, low light performance is superb.
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Colour: Black Verified Purchase
Lets face it you're not going to look like Ansel Adams wielding this rather small and lightweight lens on a tiny mirrorless camera. But for Sony e-mount (crop-sensor) cameras, it's a win! Surprisingly nice bokeh. You can get some lovely portraits with this lens.

Manual focus is the only down-side. It's fly-by-wire, so you don't have a direct connection, and it does have a little bit of a mind of it's own.
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Bough this for my recently acquired Sony α5000. It does make nice portraits with super nice blurred background, but if you're new to photography, beware - this is a "prime" lens so it has fixed zoom, you can't change it, and by default it's zoomed in a lot! Imagine your kit lens on this camera zoomed in almost all the way. So you'll need to step away from the subject quite a bit!
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Really pleased with this as my first Prime Lens purchase. Instantly noticed the improved performance in low light against the kit lens.
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