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Sony Announces Lightweight 50mm f2.8 Macro Lens Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

30 August 2016

Sony has announced its FE 50mm f2.8 Macro, a full-frame, lightweight 50mm macro lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio and a minimum focus distance of 6.3 inches. The lens, which includes an extra-low dispersion element, is also dust and moisture resistant.

Sony 50mm Macro. Dust, moisture resistant with deep-set front element.

The design sets the front element back far enough that ghosting and glare are minimized weven without a hood, the company said.


Specifications for the FE 50mm f2.8 include:

Mount Sony FE-mount
Full frame
Focal Length 50mm
Crop factor on APS-C sensors is 75mm
Aperture Maximum: f2.8
Minimum: f16
Rounded 7 blades
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus 6.3 inches
Magnification 1:1 in Macro
Optical Design 8 elements in 7 groups
Aspherical element
Extra-low Dispersion glass element
Autofocus Yes
Focus Aids Focus Mode switch
Focus-range limiter
Focus-hold button
Image Stabilization No
Filter Thread 55mm
Dimensions 2.8 x 2.8 inches
Weight 8.4 oz.


Sony said the 50mm lens will be available in September for $500. Adorama and B&H will be accepting pre-orders on Sept. 11 for $498.

Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm f2.8 Macro Lens

A lightweight and compact standard 50mm f2.8 macro prime lens that offers versatile shooting experience

SAN DIEGO -- Sony Electronics has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the FE 50mm f2.8 Macro lens (model SEL50M28).SEL50M28_B

Ideal for everyday photography, this 50mm macro lens features an f2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh, while its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Additionally, its comprehensive range of controls including focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter and focus-hold button ensure an effortless shooting experience for a wide range of users.

The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view for capturing more background, compared to longer focal-length macro lenses. Weighing in at a mere 8.4 oz., it's extremely lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry around.

The new FE 50mm f2.8 Macro lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp and high quality images. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 50mm f2.8 Macro lens will be available in September for about $500 and $650 Canadian, respectively. It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

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