Following on from the success of its budget nifty fifty lenses for Nikon and Canon, Yongnuo has just announced a 50mm lens for Sony APS-C cameras: the YN50mm F1.8S DA DSM.
The first 50mm f/1.8 lens that Yongnuo launched for Canon EF mount cameras had a remarkable likeness to Canon’s own version, and while you sometimes wondered if you’d forgotten to peel the plastic film from the back of the lens, it was still good fun — especially when it costs little more than $50.
The price of this new 50mm f/1.8 for Sony’s crop sensor cameras is yet to be revealed, but you can probably assume that it will be the cheapest autofocus lens available for the a6x00 range of cameras. With Sony’s APS-C sensors giving a crop factor of x1.5, the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 will give a full-frame equivalent focal length of 75mm, making it ideal for creating bokeh on a budget when shooting portraits.
Yongnuo has announced that it will feature a digital stepping motor, giving high focusing accuracy and a quieter focusing action, as well as low dispersion glass. You can read more about the specifications here.
While it’s easy to be sniffy about such a cheap lens, this could be an ideal stepping stone for beginners looking to go beyond their kit lens while spending only a tiny amount of cash.
Are you tempted to pick one up to throw in your bag? Expect B&H Photo to have them in stock soon. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.