Is this budget fast prime lens the perfect choice for Alpha 7 users? Andy Westlake finds out

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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8

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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review

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£239.00
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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Build and handling

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Weighing just 186g, the FE 50mm f/1.8 is distinctly lightweight as full-frame lenses go, thanks to its predominantly plastic barrel construction. The finely ridged manual-focus ring has a hard plastic covering, while in a reassuring touch, the mount is metal. The lens is smaller than any of Sony’s FE zooms, and when used on an Alpha 7 body it makes for a fairly compact, discreet set-up. However, it’s not as small as Sony’s FE 35mm f/2.8 and FE 28mm f/2 primes, which use optics designed for the short flange distance of the E-mount.

  1. 1. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Introduction
  2. 2. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Features
  3. 3. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Build and handling
  4. 4. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Focusing
  5. 5. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Image quality
  6. 6. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Sharpness, shading and distortion
  7. 7. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Verdict
  8. 8. Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 review: Full specification
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