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Sony SAL50F18
9.4 out of 10

Sony SAL50F18

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Reviews and Problems with Sony SAL50F18

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Overall 6
6.0

too early to tell

ggk, B&H Photo
11 February 2013
  • Excerpt: It is too early for me to give any more than a three star as I had expected this lens to be clear close subject and blurred background. I thought it was a prime and maybe I don't understand prime but I thought it would be only 1.8 but I am getting camera info which gives larger numbers. Anyway, I will practice more and try to understand what is going on. There isn't a lot of info on the internet for this sony lens, so I am kind of in a quandry.
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Overall 6
6.0

As I expected for the price.

JMLegs, Adorama
26 May 2012
Overall 6
6.0

User Review

JMLegs, Adorama
26 May 2012
Overall 6
6.0

I would buy this product

jian S. Chen, B&H Photo
22 February 2012
  • Excerpt: Things that are great about it
  • Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

You get what you pay for.

Serious Sam, Amazon
22 October 2011
  • Summary: I have to admit I dismissed the other reviewers' warnings about the poor build quality of this lens. I thought that as long as it takes good pics, who cares about build quality. I changed my mind when handling the lens for the first time and could feel, hear, and see the end of the lens move inside the housing. This occurs just in normal use such as pointing the camera in different directions and can be replicated by simply moving the end of the lens with your fingers.
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Overall 6
6.0

My Potrait Lens

Slash, B&H Photo
17 May 2011
  • Excerpt: This was my first lens purchase, and there are no issues with the lens itself, the quality is great, and it does the job it's meant to do. My problem with the lens is simply that it doesn't do that much better of a job over the stock lens that comes with the sony Alpha cameras for my uses. I guess I was hoping that having the F 1.8 aperture would make a huge difference in low light conditions, but I'm finding that it's not.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Poor in Low Light
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Overall 6
6.0

One of my favorite lenses

Grace, B&H Photo
19 September 2009
  • Excerpt: Use for low light shots indoors. Also use for people pictures. After getting used to the lens, I can blur the background out by setting to f/1.8. Tried using outdoors, but lens is not ideal for scenery: too narrow field of view. Also when outdoors and using a circular polarizer, the sun easily catches the filter and may ruin the shot. Needs a lens hood of some kind, one that will cover the filter.
  • Pros: Creative control, Good Value, Sharp pictures
  • Cons: Outdoor use difficult
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Overall 6
6.0

A good lens

hermit, Adorama
21 August 2009
  • Excerpt: - Used on a Sony Alpha 200 & 350.- On Alpha mount cameras, this lens performs as a 75mm short telephoto. This makes it good for people pictures. If you would like to take photos of family, friends, and/or candids on the street, you will enjoy the lens. Good for serious portraits as well. While outdoor scenery photos can certainly be taken, this is not the forte of this lens length.- The lens allows for low light photography because of the f1.8 capability.
  • Pros: Bright Viewfinder, Quick Focus, Sharp images
  • Cons: Lens Flare
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

hermit, Adorama
21 August 2009
  • Excerpt: - Used on a Sony Alpha 200 & 350. - On Alpha mount cameras, this lens performs as a 75mm short telephoto. This makes it good for people pictures. If you would like to take photos of family, friends, and/or candids on the street, you will enjoy the lens. Good for serious portraits as well. While outdoor scenery photos can certainly be taken, this is not the forte of this lens length. - The lens allows for low light photography because of the f1.8 capability.
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Overall 6
6.0

Works good

mechanic, B&H Photo
9 August 2009
  • Excerpt: Use on a350. Portrait and general use. Sharp images, even on the edges. Front glass is recessed, which sort of gives a "hood." But, filters screw-on past the recess on the very front, and therefore need a to get an accessory hood for the filter, which is not offered (get a rubber hood that will grip the outer diameter of the filter). Lens barrel spins at the front (past chrome ring) when using autofocus. Autofocus difficult in low light - must go to manual focus.
  • Pros: Bright viewfinder, Light Weight, Low Light Photography, Sharp images
  • Cons: Lens flare
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