Sony FE 50mm f1.8 Review – Real world wedding photography with a budget lens

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We got to grips with the budget 50mm f1.8 Sony Full frame lens. Does it do enough to challenge its more expensive brothers?

Sony 50mm FE f1.8 – UK: US:

#Sony #budgetlens #a7iii

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Below is a list of our gear, most of which was used to make this video:

Sony A7iii Camera Body – UK: US:
Sony 28m F2.0 FE Lens – UK: US:
Sony 55m 1.8 Zeiss FE Lens – UK: US:
Sony 85 1.8 FE Lens – UK: US:
Tamron 28-75 2.8 FE Lens – UK: US:
Andycine HSM03 Mount – UK: US:
Andycine 4K input Monitor – UK: US:
Tilta Cage – UK: US:
Blackmagic PCC4K – UK: US:
Panasonic GH5 Camera Body – UK: US:
Panasonic G7 Camera Body – UK: US:
Panasonic 12-35 2.8 Lens – UK: US:
Panasonic 14m f2.5 Pancake Lens – UK: US:
Rode VideoMicro – UK: US:
Rode Videomic Pro – UK: US:
Tascam DR05 Sound Recorder – UK: US:
Sony TX650 Digital Microphone – UK: US:
Godox SL60W Studio Light – UK: US:
DJI Mavic 2 Pro – UK: US:
DJI Mavic Air – UK: US:
DJI Phantom 4 – UK: US:

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34 COMMENTS

  1. For the chromatic aberration… just wondering why you shot the landscape at 1.8? I would assume that the abberation would be less at f3.5? Or f4?

  2. Thanks, great review. I tend to buy 1.4s… but I need something I can walk around with that doesn't way a kilo. This fits the bill I think.

  3. Budget doesn't mean cheap or rubbish i hate that word, the trouble with reviews like this is comparing ultra pro equipment to this, you cant, thats like comparing a top of the range sony a7 to a hollywood movie camera, its pointless, Or a honda civic to a Porsche – fact of the matter is its a great lens for most people i think, photography can be very snobbish, were living in a golden age where you dont have to spend the earth (although this is still a considered purchase for most people) to get some great tech.

  4. I can deal with focus speed and sharpness. Both are totally acceptable to me and with the newer Bodies of Sony the speed improved a lot.
    The CA's are HORRIBLE. This is one of the worst lenses in this regards and it is a pain to fix in post.
    To check if you can deal with it, jump to the picture in 7:30 and see if something there bothers you.

    If you think there is no problem at all, go get your cheap, super light, decent sharp and fast enough focusing nifty fifty.
    But… If you, like me, see the insane amount of CA (maybe already partially corrected?) creeping along the whole left outside of the brides dress,
    just forget about that lens. It can get a lot worse if you are dealing with backlit situations.
    I WANTED to be able to deal with it, to have a cheap walkaround lens, but at the end you have a worse image quality with slower af-speed
    than some much cheaper combinations of aps-c cameras…

  5. I have this lens, I don know if I'm not using this lens correctly, but its laws tryn focus,with video.. how do you manually focus it.

  6. spot on – the image quality nice for price – but for pro work the AF speed is a ? mark – I am looking at the 45mm F1.8 Rokinon – what is your take – is it much snappier ?
    I like the Rokinon 35mm F1.4 but heavy and the 50mm F1.4 Rokinon a bit sluggish in AF speed and also heavy – but for price both are nice – especially the 35mm F1.4 – but somethings I am just willing to sacrifice a bit for less weight – 
    been eyeing the Sony 35mm F1.8 but it is quite costly – the Sony FE 50mm is good in decent light but struggles in lower light – – so seem like I need to get the Rokinon 45mm F1.8. to be a bit safer –

  7. For a “Normal” person (like me), I mean lets face it. Today days more enthusiast, are buying cameras. I don’t have the statistics but I believe Sony sale more cameras to people who do not do their living from photography than to who they do. That lens, it is perfect for that, and It destroy the samyang af 50 1.4 ( with firmware 32even), I have both and I will sell the crapy samyang. Maybe if some zeiss appear on a big deal I will get it, this or the planar, I just can’t tell my wife 🤷🏻‍♂️

  8. In real world photos do you see an advantage in terms of depth of field of using the 50/55mm 1.8 over the tamron 28-75 wide open? Love your reviews

  9. Thanks for the review. I have it and I really don't like it. I will return it and get pricier lenses but better reliability during shoots.

  10. I'm looking at your images and I hear your words "not bad at all". There is crazy fringing in a lot of your images, really quite un acceptable, and many of your images are not even sharp. I know its a cheap lens and all, but something I could never live with, even if the lens was given to me, and these are peoples wedding photos. Minute 6:00–6:07, have a look at the trees, 7:07–7:20, the wedding dress has a purple glow all around it and images are not tack sharp either. Anyway, thanks for the review, but I'll take it with a grain of salt.

  11. Good review. I like the 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens on my crop cameras… Now that I have an A7iii, I just might consider this lens as a faster aperture adjunct to the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8…

  12. Wow. The CA is concerning. But tbh, 90% of clients won’t bother about it. Having said that, it bothers us only.

    I’d go for the Samyang 45mm which I did, over the 55 or the nifty 50.

  13. Nice review…! I saw reviews on Sony 85mm f1.8 and Samyang 85mm f1.4 as well. The sample images are straight out of the camera or you did any retouching ??? Colors looks very nice in sample images. Thank you for the review..

  14. Sir, taking inspiration from must have prime series… I plan buy sony 85 1.8 sure.. outdoor portraits for preweding.

    For wedding space being tight.. second lens Since you have reviewed rokinon as well.. would you recommend samyung 45 1.8 over sony 50 1.8 ? Or gather money wait few months buy 55 1.8.. ?
    Thanks

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