Sony Introduces the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, Will Cost $500

Sony Introduces the FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens, Will Cost $500

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.

Model Name SEL50M28
Lens Mount Sony E-mount
Format 35mm Full Frame
Focal Length 50mm
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
Minimum Aperture f/2.8
Maximum Aperture f/16
Number of Aperture Blades 7
Circular Aperture Yes
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.

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I don't understand why such short focal length macros are still made. They're pretty impractical in real-world use for actual macro work. If they're rectilinear enough they can be used in copy camera work at least.

I use them a lot. Both for copy work and product photography. Best focal length for product photography, for me at least.

Yeah, but any lens can do product work. Copy work for sure is a good use for one of these. A 100+mm is more practical for macro, even on crop frame.

Sort of. The working distances of a 50mm has a better perspective than for the same image at 100mm working distance. Then there is the amount of room needed. I would much rather use a 50mm. Same for art reproduction.

Copy work, yes. It's hard to set up lights properly with the 50 on top of subject in macro however.

It's great Sony is adding more E-mount lenses, but does it improve the Minolta design Sony has been using for so long?

E is not A.