Today the Sony Digital Imaging team announced their latest lens addition, the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro for full-frame E-mount cameras. Shipping at the end of September, the new lightweight macro lens will offer a 1:1 reproduction and 6.3-inch minimum focusing distance. See all the specifications here as Fstoppers gets a first look at the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro.
The FE 50mm f/2.8 will weigh 8.4 ounces and have a compact footprint of about 2 7/8 by 2 7/8 inches. The lens is constructed of eight elements in seven groups, with an extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus. There are seven aperture blades that will form a circular aperture. Sony claims the lens will produce “outstanding image quality and bokeh” and that the “optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood.” Like other Sony FE lenses, the 50mm f/2.8 Macro will be dust and moisture resistant.
On the outside of the lens, there are physical controls that make macro photography easier. These include a focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and a focus-hold button. However, there is no aperture ring present on this lens.
|Lens Mount||Sony E-mount|
|Format||35mm Full Frame|
|35mm Equivalent Focal Length (APS-C)||75mm|
|Lens Construction||7 groups / 8 elements|
|Angle of view (APS-C)||32 degrees|
|Angle of view (35mm)||47 degrees|
|Number of Aperture Blades||7|
|Minimum Focusing Distance||0.16 meters — 0.53 feet|
|Maximum Magnification Ratio||1.0x|
|Filter Diameter||55 millimeters|
|Image Stabilization (SteadyShot)||No|
|Teleconverter Compatibility (1.4x)||Incompatible|
|Teleconverter Compatibility (2.0x)||Incompatible|
|Dimensions (diameter X length)||70.8 mm X 71 mm — 2 7/8 in X 2 7/8 in|
|Weight||236 grams — 8.4 ounces|
The Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens will be available for $500 USD, or $650 CA. The lens can be pre-ordered now and is expected to ship in late September 2016.