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Great lens and value, excellent for low light
from Ashburn, VA, USA
Comments about Sony NEX 50mm F1.8 OSS Camera Lens:
As a bridal makeup artist, I was looking for a lens that would allow me to take great pictures of my subjects so that I can showcase on my website amymirandamakeup.com. So far I had used a macro lens by nikon and then when I bought my nex 5 followed by the nex 7, I read the reviews of this lens and decided to give it a shot.. It was a great decision since I now take all my bridal photos with this lens. It appears this is a favorite of bridal photographers, as it works quite well in low light rooms. So whenever I got to hotels or the house of the bride to do her makeup, I take this one lens with me, and not even the $1000 zeiss lens that I bought which is excellent but not for this type of work.. After doing the makeup of my brides and their guests, I show them the photos of before and after and this is very helpful since each picture is a success and I am not a professional photographer, just an amateur who loves photography with a passion.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Irvine, CA
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.
Spectacular lens for APS-C cameras
This lens is just outstanding. I've used it on a NEX-5R, 6, and 5T. The results are absolutely beautiful, and I'd go as far as to say that this is one of the best lenses I've ever owned. I come from a pro Nikon and Canon background. I dipped my toe in the Fuji waters a few times when I was transitioning to mirrorless, but I've come back to Sony twice now, in large part for this lens. I prefer it over the Fuji 35mm 1.4. The Sony feels so much more refined, and the image quality is excellent to me. It's essentially silent, and stabilized, whereas the Fuji's aperture blades would rattle in normal operation--I actually thought the Fuji was broken at first, but that's apparently how they work. And there's no stabilization. Sony video with this lens is a dream, I'm still amazed that a rig this small (NEX-5T and 50mm) can produce such excellent stills and video. If you're considering this lens, just get it. It delivers the results the little Alphas' sensors are capable of.
Lovin' the features and the photos!!
from Bar Harbor, Maine
I'm new to this type of lens, but it is awesome for outdoor shots, specifically when taking "targeted" shots. It is easy to adjust the BOCA for professional looking photos. The lens works great in all light conditions. The manual focus ring seems to take quite a few turns to obtain the desired focus.
Service and delivery comments:
Prompt delivery with absolutely no problem.
from Kansas City
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.
from va usa
i wish it could double as a macro lens.
Excellent all around lens
from North Carolina
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.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Baltimore, MD
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.
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Salt Lake City, UT
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.
(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
from Southern California
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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