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Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens (Silver)

  • mfr: SEL50F18
  • SKU: SEL50F18
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Product highlights

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Aperture range: f/1.8-22
  • Sony E-mount lens
  • APS-C format
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Linear Autofocus motor
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • 7-blade circular aperture design
  • Aluminum alloy lens barrel
  • Compact and lightweight

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens (Silver)

This 50mm mid-range telephoto lens offers a focal length that is perfect for portraiture and a range of other subjects, a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, Optical SteadyShot (OSS) image stabilization and impressive image quality, all in a surprisingly compact and lightweight package. Add responsive, quiet autofocus and aperture operation, and you have a lens that is ideally suited to shooting movies as well as stills.

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. Alpha lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

Lens-Based Optical Image Stabilization

Gyro sensors built into the lens detect even the slightest movement, and the stabilization lens is precisely shifted to counteract any image blur that might occur. The use of precision, quiet linear motors and technology inherited from high-end Sony professional camcorders results in exceptionally quiet, effective image stabilization that contributes to high-quality movies as well as stills.

Internal Focusing

Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.


Weight 7.13 oz (202 g)​
Color Silver
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Magnification 0.16x
Angle of view 32°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.28 feet (39 cm)
Focus Type Auto
Image Stabilization Yes
Diaphragm Blades 7
Fixed Focal Length 50mm
Lens Format APS-C Sensors
Lens Type Standard


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Ratings and reviews

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens (Silver)

Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens (Silver) SKU: SEL50F18

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Produces Great Quality! I bought this camera close to a month ago. Recently had a family portrait shoot and the photos turned out amazing! The autofocus was quick and the lense is light weight. Great and surprising quality for the price!
Date published: 2020-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from new to Sony Switched over from Nikon due to problems on last 3 cameras. Love the Sony products so far.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overall lens I bought this lens a day ago, overall amazing focus speed, and picture quality!
Date published: 2018-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value for money After frustration from the kit lens in achieving those creamy bokeh portrait images, I figured I needed this lens. Best decision ever. For this reduced price you're getting some quality glass that has sharp focus, super crisp images, is incredible in low light, and gets those creamy bokeh shots for portraits or any other object. You do have to do the "zooming" with your feet however, but I couldn't ask for more. For this price and what this lens has to offer it is a must have in any persons camera bag.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice little lens I've owned this lens for 3+ yrs and can tell you it is very sharp,,, I don't know if the others are as sharp or sharper because I don't own them! As far as focus distance, I have focused { manually} at 5-6" so their 1.2' distance in the spec's could be off, so you could use it as a macro lens as far as I'm concerned! I do think it does a better job if you manually focus it but even in auto it does a great job! It does seem to be a little sharper at F4! It's also a very small and light lens as well!
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great portraits lens This lens is incredible for the price. Truly a nifty fifty. This was my first prime lens I bought and I didn’t regret it. Lens is a good focal length for portraits and with the f1.8 creates creamy bokeh. It is a good bang for the buck in my opinion.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Useful Prime The apsc 50mm matches the field of fiew of the view finder of both the a6000 and the a7s perfectly. The OSS works well with the a7s. It’s a useful prime to use with a apsc sensor or a cropped 35mm sensor. With a 1.4x crop factor it produces images with an equivilent field of view as a 70mm.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE This was my first lense purchase outside the 16-50mm the Sony a6000 comes with. It has taken some amazing pictures for me so far!
Date published: 2017-11-08
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