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Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens - SEL-50F18

Abt Model: SEL50F18 | UPC Code: 027242829985
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Built-In Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization/ Smooth And Quiet High-Speed Focusing/ Large F1.8 Aperture/ Direct Manual Focus (DMF)/ 8 Groups, 9 Elements/ Silver Finish
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens, Model SEL50F18

Get a quality lens with fixed 50mm mid-range telephoto focal length and f/1.8 aperture. Take advantage of the built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system which provides around a 4-stop shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video. Get beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds thanks to the circular aperture of the large maximum aperture of this lens. 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 recording movies. An elegant aluminum alloy exterior blends beautifully with the graceful design of an E-mount. Use direct Manual Focus (DMF) to go directly to manual focusing after autofocus lock-on without having to switch modes to facilitate focus adjustments on the fly — it's perfect for portraits where depth of field may be extremely shallow.


  • Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Smooth and quiet high-speed focusing
  • Large F1.8 aperture
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)


  • Aperture (Max.): f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 8 groups, 9 elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15.3" (0.39m)
  • AF for Movie Capture: Yes
  • Angle of View: 32°
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Direct Manual Focus: Yes
  • Exterior Finish: Metal
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 75mm
  • Internal Motor: Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture: Excellent
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.16x (APS-C)
  • Mount Material: Metal

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2-1/2"
  • Length: 2"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 7.25 oz
  • Shipping: 1 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens

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By marcelo

from va usa

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

i wish it could double as a macro lens.

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Excellent all around lens

By Anonymous

from North Carolina

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera 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.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic Lens

By YetiPoacher

from Baltimore, MD

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera 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.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


NEX essential

By RedEyeEntertainment

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

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.

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(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing value

By Asiafish

from Southern California

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

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.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Sony E-Mount 50mm Prime Lens

By CTPro

from Port Elizabeth, SA

Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

I am using this lens with my FS-100. It is quick and silent. Focus is sharp, and set on f1.8 a good shallow depth of field is achieved. Excellent performance in low light. Check out the sample video filmed in low light. I can't wait for Sony to bring out an e-mount 75mm or 105mm prime to add to my collection.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Are more fixed prime lens in E mounts future?

By Georem69

from Charleston, SC


  • f 1:8 prime


  • none

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    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

    Is this lens offered or going to be offered in black? When can we expect more E mount prime lens to be available.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    A good lens for the excellent NEX-7

    By ReporterPorter

    from South Dakota

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

    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.

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    (9 of 148 customers found this review helpful)



    By Ale2253

    from Lima, peru

    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Camera Lens:

    I wanted to know if this lens is compstile with the nex-3 camera, ive seen in a lot of lenses that the nex-3 camera is nit mention on the compatibility section, another example is the lens 55-210mm. Wll this lenses work with the nex-3?

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