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Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro Lens

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Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro lens

Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro lens

Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro lens

Optical design

Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Sony A / Minolta A, Sony A / Minolta A

First year of production: 2006

Optical design: 7 elements in 6 groups

Features: Macro lens
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Average price: $570


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The Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro

The characteristics of  the Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro (SAL50M28)

  • Compact macro lens with the closest focusing distance of 20 cm
  • The lens uses a double-floating element design to correct aberrations at all focal lengths.
  • A rounded aperture provides a beautiful out of focus background.
  • Focusing ring lock in AF mode.
  • Remember that the lens specifications may vary depending on the country.
  • Angles of view: 32° / 47° for APS-C
  • Depth of field scale: yes
  • Focus hold button: yes
  • Front lens: non-rotating

Thanks to the optical scheme the Sony AF 50 mm  f/ 2.8 Macro produces a high-quality image,  even sharpness and brightness across the frame, and no distortion. 

The Sony SAL-50M28 AF system operates very silently thanks to the system of floating elements, which in turn reduces spherical aberrations and astigmatism to a zero level, and provides accurate focusing at any focusing distance.


  • very good image quality at f/2.8,
  • insignificant distortion,
  • well corrected coma and astigmatism,
  • exemplary operation in bright light
  • good autofocusing
  • good build quality


  • too high level of vignetting at f/2.8,
  • visible chromatic aberration when wide open.

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Posted by: shubshik   Date of publication: 01.10.2010

Mechanical quality3.001
Optical quality5.001
Pricing / Value5.001
Overall lens rating

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