Sony’s latest Fullframe E-Mount lens is a sub-$500 macro lens that many Sony mirrorless users have asked for. Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (Available for Pre-Order on Thursday, Sep 1 at 11am Eastern) joins the Best-in-Class Sony FE 90 F2.8 Macro G OSS as the second fullframe E-mount macro in Sony’s FE lens line.
At only 236g, it’s lighter than the FE 55mm F1.8 ZA, (281g), and it’s the same length: 71mm. Sony has accomplished this miniaturization by omitting image stabilization, with the second generation A7-Series, 5-axis IBIS-equipped, bodies in mind.
Focal Length: 50mm
Maximum Aperture: f/2.8
Minimum Aperture: f/16
Camera Mount:Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility: Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View: 47°
Minimum Focus Distance: 6.30″ (16 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:1
Diaphragm Blades: 7
Filter Thread: 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL): 2.79 x 2.80″ (70.8 x 71 mm)
Weight: 8.32 oz (236 g)
SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens (SEL50M28).
Ideal for everyday photography, this 50mm macro lens features an F2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh, while its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Additionally, its comprehensive range of controls including focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter and focus-hold button ensure an effortless shooting experience for a wide range of users.
The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view for capturing more background, compared to longer focal-length macro lenses. Weighing in at a mere 8.4 oz., it’s extremely lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry around.
The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp and high quality images. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.
Pricing and Availability
The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will be available in September for about $500 US and $650 CA, respectively. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America