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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8



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

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


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.

  • Filter diameter: 49mm
  • Lens elements: 6
  • Groups: 5
  • Diaphragm blades: 7
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.8
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Minimum focus: 45cm
  • Dimensions: 68.6x59.5mm
  • Weight: 186g

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