Sony SAL 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

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Life Size Macro Imaging

Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens The Sony SAL 50mm f/2.8 Macro is multitalented as a traditional lens and appropriate for all around photography. Featuring a minimum focusing space of just 7.9", the lens presents a 1:1 magnification ratio (life-size) and employs a dual-floating element layout to rectify aberrations. The focus-range limiter plus focus-hold button provide reassure operation, while the circular aperture supplies a natural appearing background.

This macro-focus compact lens envelops an entire range all the way from life-size on to infinity. And "Life size" macro imaging signifies that the photo you acquire is the identical size to the subject in real life - providing you with spectacularly sharp images of flowers, postage stamps, insects, small nature subjects, gemstones, and other collectibles. When mounted on Sony alpha DSLR camera bodies, this lens presents a 75mm focal length (similar to a 35mm SLR film camera), meaning it may also be employed as a standard through midrange telephoto lens.

There's nothing to dislike about this lens, it simply does it's job and does it rather well. Oh being a macro lens maybe we could wish for a rear focus so as not to interfere with close-up macro shots.

 Aug 29, 2011. Typical internet price $530.  Announced Jun 5, 2006 ✓


Auto Clutch to stop manual focus ring rotation
Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects

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Lens stylePrime lens  
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length50 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Sony Alpha  
Angle of view 47  
Largest aperture opening F2.8  
Smallest aperture opening F32.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7  
Aperture annotations circular aperture  
Total Elements 7  
Number of Groups 6  
Minimum focus distance 0.20 m (7.87")  
Maximum magnification ratio 1 x  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Screw drive from camera  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Extending front  
Lens distance scale Yes  
Depth of field scale Yes  
Overall weight295 g (0.65 lb) 10.4 oz  
Lens diameter 72 mm (2.81")  
Overall length 60 mm (2.36")  
Lens color Black  
Filter thread size 55 mm  
Lens hood included No  
Tripod collar included No

Lens Includes

Sony SAL-50M28 Normal AF D 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens
Front Lens Cap
Rear Lens Cap
1-Year Warranty


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Sony SAL 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5