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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Spy Black's picture

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.

T Dillon's picture

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

Spy Black's picture

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.

T Dillon's picture

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.

Spy Black's picture

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

David B's picture

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

Spy Black's picture

E is not A.