Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens Officially Announced

Sony has introduced the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens. Designed for full-frame E-mount cameras the new optic provides true 1:1 macro magnification.

Lightweight and compact standard prime model SEL50M28 offers versatile shooting experience and is resistant to dust and moisture. The lens construction includes 8 elements in 7 groups and a rounded 7-blade aperture.

The new Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will be available in September for about $500 US.

Sony Unveils FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens with 1:1 reproduction

Ideal for everyday photography, it features an F2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh. The Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp photos.

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens Officially Announced

Its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Weighing just 236g, the lens offers a 0.16m minimum focusing distance and a near-circular aperture that produces beautiful bokeh effects. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood.

Technical Specifications

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 6.30″ (16 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:1
Elements/Groups 8/7
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.79 x 2.80″ (70.8 x 71 mm)
Weight 8.32 oz (236 g)

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro optic has useful controls. It has a top-printed distance and magnification scale, focus range limiter, and focus hold button, all benefit more precise focusing adjustments for refined results. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood.

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