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SONY SEL 50MM F1.8 OSS LENS BLACK is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
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  • Mid-Range Prime Lens
  • Optical SteadyShot
  • Low-noise Focus Operation
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  • Mid-Range Prime Lens
  • Optical SteadyShot
  • Low-noise Focus Operation
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization:
  • The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video
  • Large F1.8 aperture:
  • The SEL50F18 has an innovative optical design to achieve clear, high-quality images by effectively minimizing distortion and chromatic aberration
  • Moreover, the large maximum aperture of this lens with its circular aperture design, can produce beautiful, creamily defocused backgrounds
  • Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing:
  • Lens operation is fast but at the same time smooth and quiet, minimizing noise and image jitter when shooting movies
  • A linear motor used for focus drive contributes to low-noise focus operation, while a stepping motor built into the lens, technology inherited from Sony's professional camcorders, results in smooth, quiet aperture actuation ideal for movie shooting
  • Compact and lightweight:
  • The SEL50F18 is remarkably compact and lightweight for a large-aperture mid-range telephoto lens (50mm focal length/75mm equivalent in 35mm format)
  • It is convenient to carry around for general photography, and particularly well suited to shooting portraits
  • The elegant aluminum alloy exterior of this lens affords an appearance that blends beautifully with the graceful design of E-mount bodies, and the engraved focus ring offers sophisticated appearance as well as superior grip and operating feel
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF):
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF) allows the user to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes
  • In cases where autofocus has trouble locking onto the subject, or when the user wants to focus at a specific point, DMF facilitates fast, easy fine focus adjustments
  • This can be particularly useful for portraits in which depth of field can be extremely shallow
  • In the Box:
  • Sony SEL 50mm f1.8 OSS Lens
  • Lens cap
  • Lens rear cap
  • Compatibility:
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3N
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5R
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5T
  • Sony Alpha NEX-6
  • Sony Alpha NEX-7

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Mirrorless Lenses
Focal Length: 50mm
Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/1.8, Min: f/22
Camera Mount Type: Sony E (NEX)
Camera Format: APS-C
Angle of View: 32 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.39m (15.3 inches)
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.16x (APS-C)
Groups/Elements: 8 Groups/9 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 49mm
Dimensions (DxL): 62x62mm (2-1/2 x 2- 1/2 inches)
Weight: 202g (7.25 oz)

Additional Information


What’s Included:

  • Sony SEL 50mm f1.8 OSS Lens
  • Lens cap
  • Lens rear cap
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from NEX essential I read reviews explaining this was a great lens, but I was now prepared for how great. I've had it for 4 months, and it is a dream to work with. The images look great even wide open, and I love the bokeh effect. The focus ring is very smooth which makes it extremely easy to get your tiny depth of field right where you want it manually. If you use the NEX camera you simply have to buy this lens (why else would you buy it?). The only drawback is the lack of any indicator as to where your depth of field is on the lens. That would have been nice, but as stated it's not hard be accurate with just your eye or the peaking function. At $300 this is almost a steal.
    Date published: 2013-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good lens for the excellent NEX-7 A lens required in the camera bag to complement the NEX-7. Sharpness is quite good in the center and the borders from f/3.5 and up are decent. With the NEX-7, the lens brings out an impressive amount of detail from f/4 to f/6.3. The bokeh is superb. CA is minimal even on the 24 megapixel sensor of the NEX-7. It would be nice to have 1.4 lens at this price, but in the end the compact size of the this lens makes the 1.8 a nice compromise. Now if Sony would add a 35mm f/1.8 lens to the e-mount lens lineup.
    Date published: 2012-05-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality/value I am a huge NEX fan. Have the 7 and 5t along with the Zeiss 24, sel35f18, and 55210 besides the kit lenses. This is an amazing value for money. The build and the optics are excellent. I like the focus ring much more than the 35f18 which is impossible to manually focus, at least the copy I received. So when I tried this, I was extremely pleased. I was debating between this and the zeiss 55 which works with full frame as well. But, I went with this after seeing the overwhelming positive reviews and the discounted price a few months ago. Have been very pleased and would definitely recommended this lens. Must have if you own an E mount APSC.
    Date published: 2014-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Lens After buying the NEX-5N I was told by many photographer friends to get a fast fixed lens. I was happy to find out that this lens was well-reviewed and a great value so I decided to buy it. No regrets! I have had this for some months and after getting used to it I am able to take some amazing shots with great clarity. The bokeh is also of very high quality and is the most enjoyable aspect for me. The fast fstop allows great portraits as well. The construction is solid and the focus ring is smooth. A definite must have for any photographer.
    Date published: 2013-06-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great glass. The combination of features produce a one-of-a-kind experience, that a few years back would have not been affordable. Compact, efficient and powerful. The 50mm tells it with punched contrast and confident timing. Works perfectly with the NEX, where it was designed to come to life. You have the technical stuff here, so I'll just end with this, the image stabilization is worth the cost of the glass alone. 1.8 plus stabilization lets you do amazing work and reduces all kinds of effort. It's a great buy.
    Date published: 2013-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all around lens This is a great lens that I have used to take over 5,000 images of food, flowers, people, and much more. The low aperature does a great job at minimizing the focus depth of field, but you need to make sure to keep it far enough away from things to get it to focus (flowers & smaller things). Overall, this is a great lens for the cost.
    Date published: 2013-08-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Lens and Bokeh, just not for manual focu This lens is a wonderful purchase for a NEX line camera. I used this briefly on my NEX-3N and the results were excellent. The bokeh is smooth and buttery, and the depth of field at the 1.8 and 2.0 are perfect for portrait work with a beautiful blurred backdrop. Autofocus on this lens was a tad slower than the kit lens, and it seems to cycle in and out of focus at times, but other times it was quick as lightning to focus. This likely was due to light conditions. The main caveat to this lens, and it was a large one for me, is the manual focus ring. The ring itself is beautifully crafted of solid metal with a nice grip on it. The throw is a bit weighted and has a substantial feel to it. The issue is that going from near to far focus with this requires what feels like two or three full revolutions of the focus wheel. I bought this lens for manual focus work not realizing how much turning the focus-by-wire approach would involve. I ended up returning the lens because it was causing me wrist pain to flick it as much and as hard as I needed for focus. However, if you aren't like me and going to be doing a ton of manual focusing, it works wonderfully, has excellent build quality, and is a great choice for portrait work. If the full-frame NEX camera comes out soonish, this would make a great standard 50mm, if that model follows convention and has no crop factor.
    Date published: 2013-10-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value This is an outstanding lens for the money, and would be a bargain even at a much higher price. I like shooting portraits, A LOT. For serious shoots I use an A77 camera with a 25-year-old Minolta 85mm F1.4 portrait lens, but for casual shoots (when traveling) the 50mm F1.8 OSS on my NEX5n is very hard to beat. It is not as long as I prefer for head shoots (FF equivalent of 75mm instead of my preferred 135mm), it is perfect for head and shoulder portraits or people at work portraits. What really surprised me is the quality of bokeh and just how sharp the lens is. Bokeh is creamilicious, almost of the same quality as my Minolta 85 (a legendary lens for beautiful bokeh). Sharpness is even better than the Zeiss 24mm from F4 and color is almost as rich, but wide open its a bit soft at the edges. Of course, since I use this as a portrait lens, I'm usually shooting wide open and blurring whatever is on the edges anyway. Outdoors in daylight I use a 3 stop neutral density filter to keep this wide-open, and usually keep the NEX5n down under ISO 800. Indoors, I've shot this lens by firelight and with the OSS still get sharp handheld shots (down to 1/15th second at ISO 800). This is a specialty lens, unlike the old nifty fifties form the film days. As a short telephoto, this is really only used for photographing people or objects, rather than places. Still, I bring it with me more often than I leave it at home. Combined with the also outstanding (though far more expensive) Zeiss 24mm, this lens is part of an extremely versatile travel outfit.
    Date published: 2012-12-04
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    does it come with a lens hood?

    Asked by: hideonbush
    Hi hideonbush, This lens does not come with a lens hood
    Answered by: Simon
    Date published: 2018-03-05
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