So last week I reviewed the Sony 28-70mm Lens (SEL2870) that goes with my Sony a7ii mirrorless DSLR Camera, which I reviewed the week before. So this week I will post my review of the Sony 50mm prime (SEL50F18F). This is a fabulous lightweight lens, with a wide aperture. At first, I wasn’t over the top happy, as I cannot focus as close as I can with my Nikon 50mm Prime (0.5m focus distance), it was annoying and frustrating. Full specs available from Sony here.
Some sample images taken with this lens;
You May notice I predominately use this lens for Close-ups of faces, this is because I do. I love the wide open aperture, the soft bokeh. It picks up the sparkle in the eyes and provides a beautiful connection with my subject. However, you need to stand at least 0.5m (1.5ft) from your subject to focus and much further than that to get a full body shot I usually cannot get further enough back in the studio for that. I also have this thing where I do not like to take images from too far away, I feel like I am losing my connection with my subject.
SO as much as I did not really like this lens at first, I am beginning to appreciate the nuances it offers. Like my other Sony Lens, while everything is perfectly in focus they are slightly softer than my Nikon, but I am beginning to appreciate the dreaminess this offers.
* While this lens works brilliantly in low light, the Sony sometimes struggles to focus in REALLY low light situations.
I have only used Nikon and Canon prime 5omm lens. Both are good, personally, I liked the performance of Nikon better than Canon for technical reasons.
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I love the Nikon prime it is so sharp and detailed, but the soft dreaminess of the Sony is growing on me. The more I use it, the more I love it, especially for portraits