Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G review

Why on earth would you want the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G when Sony has just launched an amazing FE 50mm F1.2? We’ll tell you…

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 is very close on focal length to similarly compact FE 40mm f/2.5 launched at the same time. Why would you want both? You probably wouldn’t, so it really comes down to which focal length you prefer. The FE 50mm f/2.5 isn’t just the classic ‘standard’ focal length, it also offers superb image quality and unexpectedly high-end features for both stills photography and video.


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    Superb image quality

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    Very small, very light

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    Fast and silent autofocus

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    Declickable aperture ring


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    Not fast for a 50mm

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    No focus distance scale

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Within a short space of time, Sony has released two 50mm ‘extremes’. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 offers a maximum aperture many believed was not possible with the Sony E-mount, whereas this Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 is a whole two f-stops slower and (subject to a bit more research) perhaps the slowest 50mm mainstream lens currently available, outside of macro lenses.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at