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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Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro review: Features

With the emphasis on affordability and price, the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens is something of a no-frills affair in terms of its feature set. Optically, the lens is constructed of eight elements in seven groups, and has an aperture range of between f/2.8 and f/16. Its 50mm focal length offers a 47° angle of view on full-frame E-mount cameras.

More importantly, it offers 1:1 macro at a minimum focus distance of 16cm. There are seven circular aperture blades for that all-important smooth out-of-focus area, which is even more important when shooting macro images, and it has a 55mm filter thread. It should be noted that the lens isn’t optically stabilised, so owners of the first generation of Alpha 7-series cameras will need to keep an eye on shutter speeds and make sure 
the camera and lens are held steady when shooting macro images. Those with the second-generation Alpha 7-series cameras needn’t worry so much, as these have in-camera sensor-based stabilisation, which should give more flexibility to shoot handheld.

As an interesting aside, as the majority of Sony’s new cameras have sensor-based stabilisation, it is perhaps a chance for the company to introduce more of these affordable lenses without need for the additional expense associated with optically stabilised lenses.

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  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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