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