Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS

Announced Aug 24, 2011 •
Telephoto prime lens | Sony E (NEX) | SEL-50F18
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Brief assessment: As strange as a large-ish 50 for an APS-C system might be regarded, the SEL50F18 is a unique lens that, IMO, justifies the existence of the E-mount. The 75mm (FF equiv) FoV is sufficient for portraiture if you are comfortable doing that on the shorter end of the typical portraiture continuum (85-135mm), but where it shines is toward a similar end in indoor candid portraiture, where you typically have more freedom in taking a half-step closer to frame, than moving farther ...

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I admit, I would have preferred it somewhat shorter, like 60mm equivalent, but thats just my own quirky preference, Sony has good reason to stick to the "proper" length when making a portrait lens. The bokeh doesn't seem to have any particular character, looks similar to a gaussian blur, which maybe a good thing for most users. I admit to liking some of the more outlandish bokeh effects of certain older Olympus lenses, but thats subjective, sometimes borders on impressionist rendering. I did ...

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