Choosing the Right Sony FE 50mm Lens for Your Camera

There are a bunch of options when it comes choosing a Sony FE 50mm Lens. In fact, there are more options than ever before. Passionate photographers can reach for a higher end, premium lens or something a tad more mediocre. It all depends on your budget. Check out our guide to choosing a Sony FE 50mm Lens. And if you’re inclined, also take a look at our Sony FE Lens Guide and our Reviews Index. 

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Showdown of the Sony 50mm Lenses. Which One Is Right For You?

A number of options are available when it comes to Sony 50mm native lenses, but which one is the right choice for you?

Sitting between wide-angle and telephoto focal lengths, 50mm lenses offer a lot of versatility. They are suitable for many different genres of photography ranging from landscape, portraiture, street, etc. Many photographers have lovingly dubbed their 50mm lens a “Nifty Fifty” as a result. 50mm lenses, particularly those with a maximum aperture of f1.8, also tend to be quite affordable as well. In fact, 50mm lenses tend to be one of the first that many photographers purchase after they’ve outgrown the kit lenses bundled with their cameras. If you’re just getting started with the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless camera system, here are four native E Mount 50mm lenses you should consider.

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Review: Sony 50mm f1.4 (First Version, Tested on the A99)

Though, this shouldn’t really be called a nifty 50 lens, the size of it almost qualifies it as one. The Sony 50mm f1.4 is an extremely small lens with very good performance. Sony announced that it will be one of the first lenses to use their AF-D focusing system; which means that it can track a subject very well through a frame. At least for the moment, this seem to be a lens that every Sony photographer should have in their camera bag for the overall versatility and just how good the lens can actually be. Hopefully though, the newer version of the lens with Zeiss branding.

We spent a period of around a month with the lens, and here’s what we found.

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