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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Lightweight, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction