Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (SEL-50F18) - Review / Lens Test - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Sony NEX

Sample Images

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Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.5
Exposure 1/4000s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1600s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/640s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/3200s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/100s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/100s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
Make SONY
Model NEX-7
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/4000s

Verdict

The Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS is a more than welcome addition to the (rather slim) Sony NEX lens lineup. Technically it is not without flaws. It delivers a very sharp center performance but the corners/borders are soft at large apertures. However, considering the typical applications (e.g. portraits) at such settings this is probably not a show-stopper. The image quality is very impressive if you stop down to f/4-f/8 where the lens is almost capable of exploiting the potential of the 24 megapixel Sony sensor. Lateral CAs are slightly visible but not really an issue. The vignetting could be a little lower at f/1.8 though. A real highlight of the Sony lens is the quality of the bokeh which is among the very best that we've seen in this class so far. Portrait photographers will love this aspect!

Typical for Sony E lenses the build quality is very good thanks to a tightly assembled metal body including a metal focus ring. It is a "true" IF (internal focus) lens so it does not change its physical length during focus operations and the front element doesn't rotate either. The optical image stabilizer of the lens is certainly a sweet feature for low-light photography.

Priced at just under 300EUR/US$ it is not a cheap 50mm lens but considering the whole package, especially the image stabilizer, it's actually a pretty good deal. It will certainly sell like hot cakes!

As already mentioned the 24 megapixel sensor of the Sony NEX 7 seems to have a rather difficult characteristic especially regarding its resolution capabilities at the image corners. This behavior has been confirmed by user observations in the meanwhile (feel free to google). This is a bit unfortunate because we feel that the sensor shouldn't have such a deep impact on the lens quality. The lens quality will be somewhat better on Sony's 16 megapixel sensor.

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