Sony FE 50mm f1.8 (SEL50F18F) review

Looks, build quality and feeling

To keep the price down Sony has chosen to build the FE 50mm out of high quality plastics. The plastics Sony has used feel good and remind me of the plastics used on the Sony FE 28-70mm f3.5-5.6. That lens still looks like new after a few years of intensive use, so I’m sure the FE 50mm will withstand use well. The FE 50mm doesn’t have any buttons on the lens. It just has a wide, rubberized focus ring. The filter mount is made of plastic, so you have to be careful when mounting filters you don’t damage the filter tread. The lens mount is made of metal, but it doesn’t have a gasket to keep moisture or dust out of your camera. Not surprising since Sony doesn’t rate this lens as weather sealed.

Sony FE 50mm f1.8 (SEL50F18F) review

Size-wise the lens is about the same size as the FE 28mm f2 lens, and similar to the Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8. It is a little bigger than the FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Zeiss, but smaller than the expensive FE 55mm f1.8 ZA Zeiss. This means the lens balances well on the Sony A7 series cameras. It isn’t a heavy lens, with about 186 grams it is just a little heavier than the featherweight FE 35mm f2.8 ZA Zeiss (that weighs only 120 grams). To give you an idea of the weight: the FE 50mm f1.8 is about as heavy as my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone.

Sony FE 50mm f1.8 (SEL50F18F) review
Next to the FE 3.5-5.6 28-70mm kit zoom lens

The lens comes with a full round lens hood. The hood feels sturdier than the flimsy petal shaped hood of the FE 28mm f2 lens. It does add quite some size to the lens, making it about half as long. The lens takes 49mm filters, the same as a lot of other FE-mount prime lenses (the 28mm f2, Zeiss 35mm f2.8 and Zeiss 55mm f1.8 all have the same filter size).

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