50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
Great prime lens
I have been a Minolta/Sony user for years. Over the years I have preferred fixed focal length lenses to zooms. This lens reinforces that preference. The lens is constructed really well, from the built in hood to the metal lens mount. It has great weight and balance. The focusing motor is smooth and quiet. The F2.8 aperture provides an opportunity for some nice low light shooting as well as a pleasing bokeh when taking portraits. However, the main reason I bought this lens was for its macro capability. I wanted the 1:1 ratio without using close up lenses. I wanted the ability to take macro shots without the use of a tripod. I have what I want with this lens.
February 21, 2014
This lens produces very sharp images regardless if you're in macro or limiter mode.
It also doubles up great as a portrait lens if you're on a crop sensor camera (bringing you up to 75mm).
It's built quite well, feels solid in the hand, and isn't too heavy or light.
It produces creamy smooth bokeh which makes portrait shots stand out wonderfully. Like stated above, the macro shots are amazingly sharp as well!
January 28, 2012
Very sharp Macro
This is overall a great lens. It produces very sharp images and is fast enough to do handheld shots at lower ratios than 1:4 magnification. For anything 1:1 through 1:4, I'd highly recommend a tripod as shutter speeds will quickly drop. The focus throw is very long, which means that it is slow to focus in some situations and tends to hunt a lot.
The front element is very recessed, so the lens almost works as if it has a built-in hood. Overall, this lens is a rather good value at the price and can be used as a macro or a portrait lens.
June 17, 2010
Another useful lens from Sony
Some critics have called this a 'dated' design. What if it was simply done right the first time? Humor aside, I picked this up as a companion for the 100M28, and between the two of them, there are very few macro to normal situations they cannot handle quite competently. A long term keeper.
June 7, 2009