Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro

A standard prime and a macro lens, the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro is a multi-purpose lens for full-frame and APS-C Sony mirrorless cameras

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro works very well as both a ‘standard’ and a macro prime lens, with excellent handling and very good overall image quality.


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    Macro lens with upto lifesize magnification

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    Doubles as a fast standard lens on a full-frame camera, or a portrait lens with an APS-C sensor


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    Autofocus is sluggish (but accurate)

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    No lens hood supplied

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There have been 50mm ‘macro’ lenses from the likes of Canon and Zeiss that, while giving a natural perspective with a full-frame camera, don’t deliver the full macro benefit. Instead they only offer a maximum magnification ratio of 0.5x at their closest focus distances. Like Sony’s old A-mount 50mm macro, this  E-mount optic boasts 1.0x magnification, reproducing small objects at full life-size on the image sensor. 

Build and handling

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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