Notes on SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18

Nine out of ten times, I visit the Mimosa photo store to buy film and have a chat with the staffers. The last time was different, though. While walking by the store’s window, I spotted the SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18 lens on offer at what might be the lowest price in the entire Kingdom of Denmark. I’ve been toying with the idea of moving up from the kit zoom lens bundled with my SONY NEX-3N for quite a while, so I seized the opportunity and bought the SEL50F18 on the spot.

SONY NEX-3N, SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18

I can’t say anything about the lens’ optical quality in addition to what has already been said, so here are a few quick personal observations. Internal focusing is a nice touch, and I appreciate that the lens comes with a hood (usually hoods are sold as rather expensive extras). Being able to shoot wide-open without visible loss of quality is a revelation: I can now shoot artsy-fartsy shallow DoF photos. :-)

SONY NEX-3N, SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18

I really like the lens’ ergonomics, too. It’s slightly heavier than the kit zoom, but it’s actually a good thing: it makes the camera more balanced and provides plenty of space for a firm grip. Also, I appreciate the solid build and feel of the lens.

SONY NEX-3N, SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18

All in all, it’s a lovely lens, and the rock-bottom price makes the whole package even more attractive.

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3 comments on “Notes on SONY E 50mm f/1.8 OSS SEL50F18
  1. As usual you surprise with elegant simplicity!! Well done and congratulations at acquiring the lens.
    I just stumbled upon a long forgotten Calumet 4×5 quietly residing in it’s case in my closet!! Somehow think there’ll be some intense re-acclimation in my future!

  2. Or maybe abuse?! Now if i could only figure out a diy project to take say 4 or 6 aps sensors from say cheaply avail. Fuji S3 PRO donor cameras to make a matrix sensor array!? Now that would be cool . I think there must be a way using say the onboard donor camera electronics, a special diy built holder back and say digkam to handle the processing…..?????

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