This is a better lens than the comparable one made by Minolta
5 August 2014
Summary: The reason I bought the Sony SAL50M28 lens was to get clearer magnification of small objects indoors with the assistance of two photo lamps from a light box kit. This lens is just somewhat sharper than the comparative Minolta Maxxum 50mm F2.8 lens. Overall it's a better lens than the Minolta with the same specs, but I don't think it's worth twice as much as some dealers want. I was still dissatisfied with it and bought their lighter less expensive 30mm Macro DT lens.
Summary: I'm still learning how to use this, but it is a lot of fun. It arrived ontime and in perfect condition. The lens was in plastic in the box with the instruction manual. I'm still having trouble using it as manual focus....I'm sure it is user error!
Summary: This lens does one thing very, very well at the expense of being a good general 50mm prime 2.8. If you are purchasing this lens for macro applications, I would recommend a solid tripod with intricate height adjustments and bright lights. If you are looking for a 50mm prime, opt for the f1.7 instead, it is lighter, smaller and faster on the focus.
Excerpt: If you are like me you like to walk around as a tourist, or in your own backyard, with a single lens and try make the most of it. Often the lens you select will be a normal zoom in an attempt to cover more of your bases. You long for the light weight and small size of a prime, but fear you might be missing something if you only carry a 50mm.Enter the 50mm 2.8 Macro!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: I appraise personal property and often have to take close up photos in poorly lit environments where a flash may not be permitted. I recently purchased a Sony A-330 with an 18-55mm standard lens to replace a Nikon Coolpix 5400 that I had been using. I found that the Sony with the standard lens would not autofocus close enough to be effective for the macro photography that I required. Hence the 50mm macro lens.
Excerpt: Very sharp - this is another world compared to the zoom lenses with macro function I was used to. Auto-focus is sometimes problematic, hunts in and out and sometimes does not lock at all. Focus limiter swich is useful to reduce this problem. Much more compact than the 70/90/100 etc macro lenses and more versatile, great also for landscapes etc.
Pros: Lightweight, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: As a photography student I've been tasked with assignments requiring a lens with close up capability and a wide aperture. So far I've experimented with shots of flowers and jewelery. The clarity and detail I've achieved with varying light conditions convinces me I'll do fine with my intended end use of detail shots of small equipment and mechanical parts for instructional purposes in business.