Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro ( SAL-50M28 ) - Review / Test Report - Samples Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony Alpha/NEX (APS-C)
Friday, 08 August 2008 10:00

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the Alpha 700 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne v4.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/400s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/160s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/2500s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/2500s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/2500s
Size 2848x4272
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/1600s
Size 4272x2848
Make SONY
Model DSLR-A700
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Exposure Data: f/2.8 @ 1/2000s
Size 2848x4272

Verdict

The Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro is certainly a very good lens but it does not really stand out from the crowd - macro lenses simply tend to be top performers. The resolution potential of the lens is very high straight from f/2.8. The vignetting is usually not field-relevant and the level of distortions is negligible. The quality of the bokeh is very decent. Technically lateral CAs may be a tad too high at large aperture settings but it's not really something to worry about. The build quality of the lens is good although there're also no reasons to rave about it here either. The Sony lens has a price tag around 400US$/€ which is a bit steep compared to the third-party alternatives. Regarding its Canon and Nikon counterparts the Sony lens does also feel a little dated.

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