Hello everyone, this is not going to be one of those nitty gritty lens reviews, nope, this is from my own findings of this classic lens, that some say should be inside everyone’s camera bag.
What is the field of view ?
I will say, that 50mm on a full frame camera is the equivalent to what we see with our eyes daily without glasses or binoculars, thats the angle of view you can expect with a 50mm lens, not as wide as 35mm and not as tele-photo as 85mm.
The 50mm Sony FE lens is the same aperture and zoom range / focal length as any other full frame lens – thats being sold as 50mm 1.8, although on a cropped sensor camera the field of view is more like 75mm (approx), which is nearer 85mm – the classic portraiture lens focal length.
Why might I want a 50mm 1.8 lens ?
The first and honest answer is its a decent lens and is cheap, also at f1.8 that will produce a wonderful out of focus background ‘bokeh’ the lens is pretty fast, not just by being at f1.8 but also auto focussing is pretty fast too.
Secondly its a suitable lens, if you find 85mm and 35mm are too far apart, something in between, makes sense.
Sample images, all shot inside with the Sony A7, Sony 50mm 1.8 FE and using on camera flash.
Here I focussed the camera on the dogs nose, and this created this pin sharp image.
Here’s a portrait image taken using the Sony 50mm 1.8 FE Lens. (My Father).
As you can see the image is clean and throws out the background, causing a lovely bokeh, its a great lens all around, although those of you who might want something a little more wider should consider the SONY 28mm, or the Samyang series: 18mm, 24mm and 35mm (Thats the three I have and love).
As always, the pleasure is all mine, thanks for taking the time to read this little review.