Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens

Today Sony released a lightweight and compact standard 50mm F2.8 macro prime lens (model SEL50M28) that offers versatile shooting experience. The announcements follows the 50mm F1.4 Lens and 70-200mm F2.8. According to Sony, the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens, is “Ideal for everyday photography with outstanding image quality and bokeh; while its 1:1 macro allows sharp close-up shots.” Sony’s prime also features a comprehensive range of controls including focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and a focus-hold button.

Compared to longer focal-length macro lenses, the 6.3-inch minimum focusing distance, offers a wider field of view for capturing more background. The lens weighs 8.4 oz. even with Sony’s ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. Low dispersion glass compensate for  chromatic aberration at close focus with less glare and ghosting. Finally, Sony claims the lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

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Pricing and Availability

The FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will ship in September for about $500 US. Amazon doesn’t list the new Macro lens yet, but we’ll update the post when it does.

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