Sony’s latest full-frame E-mount lens brings affordable macro imaging to Alpha 7 cameras. Richard Sibley takes a closer look

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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro

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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review

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£499.00

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After listening to the feedback from its users, Sony has gradually been increasing the number of affordable lenses in its FE line-up for full-frame Alpha 7 models.

It started with the FE 50mm f/1.8, which we reviewed (and quite liked). Costing nearly £250, this lens is still around £100 more expensive than its Canon and Nikon DSLR counterparts, but it is a step in the right direction. Now there is another 50mm lens, this time with an f/2.8 maximum aperture and the ability to capture 1:1 macro images. Crucially, at around £500, it is some £450 cheaper than Sony’s other FE macro lens, the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro.

The FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens may be cheaper, lighter and smaller, but just how 
good are the images it produces, and is it destined to become a favourite among 
Sony Alpha 7 series owners?

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Features
  3. 3. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Image Quality
  5. 5. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Resolution, shading and curvilinear distortion
  6. 6. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Verdict
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