Get a quality lens with fixed 50mm mid-range telephoto focal length and f/1.8 aperture. Take advantage of the built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system which provides around a 4-stop shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video. Get beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds thanks to the circular aperture of the large maximum aperture of this lens. A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens, technology inherited from Sony's professional camcorders, results in smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for recording movies. An elegant aluminum alloy exterior blends beautifully with the graceful design of an E-mount. Use direct Manual Focus (DMF) to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes to facilitate focus adjustments on the fly - it's perfect for portraits where depth of field may be extremely shallow.
Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization - The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.
Compact and lightweight - The SEL50F18 is remarkably compact and lightweight for a large-aperture mid-range telephoto lens (50mm focal length/75mm equivalent in 35mm format). It is convenient to carry around for general photography, and particularly well suited to shooting portraits. The elegant aluminum alloy exterior of this lens affords an appearance that blends beautifully with the graceful design of E-mount bodies, and the engraved focus ring offers sophisticated appearance as well as superior grip and operating feel.
Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing - Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies. A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens, technology inherited from Sony's professional camcorders, results in smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for movie shooting.
Large F1.8 aperture - The SEL50F18 has an innovative optical design to achieve clear, high-quality images by effectively minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration. Moreover, the large maximum aperture of this lens with its circular aperture design, can produce beautiful, creamily defocused backgrounds.
Direct Manual Focus (DMF) - Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows the user to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes. In cases where autofocus has trouble locking onto the subject, or when the user wants to focus at a specific point, DMF facilitates fast, easy fine focus adjustments. This can be particularly useful for portraits in which depth of field can be extremely shallow.
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" (62 x 62mm)Weight (Approx.) : 7.25oz (202g)
Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8Aperture (Min.) : f/22Filter Diameter : 49mmLens Groups-Elements : 8 groups, 9 elementsMinimum Focus Distance : 15.3" (0.39m)AF for Movie Capture : YesAngle of View : 32?Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2-1/2 x 2- 1/2" (62x62mm)Direct Manual Focus : YesExterior Finish : MetalFocal Length (35mm equivalent) : 75mmInternal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)Lens Weight : 7.25 oz (202g)Low Noise During Movie Capture : ExcellentMaximum Magnification : 0.16x (APS-C)Mount Material : Metal
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Love this lens
from Southern Cali
About Me Pro Photographer
Comments about Sony SEL50F18 - 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Lens:
OSS is great for low light. With a little practice 1/4 sec handheld is totally possible
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Casual Photographer
great lens for NEX owners, a definite must-have
"The missing Link"
from Los Angeles, CA
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Great aperture size for a 50mm. Great for low light situations. A great medium Telephoto lens that bridge the 16mm to the 55mm lenses.