Exactly how much smoke do we need before we see the fire? Sony keeps releasing lenses, and the rumors swirl about a possible new a7 series camera or the mythical a99 II. Regardless, Sony keeps pumping out the lenses, and the company loves the 50mm prime.
For a full-frame lens, the price is surprising. Especially coming from Sony. The company isn’t known for bargains. $500 when it releases in September. While the lens is billed as Macro, Sony is emphasizing it is suitable for everyday photography on their E-mount bodies.
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The 50mm macro lens features an F2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh, while its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Additionally, its comprehensive range of controls including a focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter, and focus-hold button ensure an effortless shooting experience for a wide range of users.
The lens offers a 6.3-inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view for capturing more background, compared to longer focal length macro lenses. Weighing in at a mere 8.4 oz., it’s extremely lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry around.
A feature that grabs my attention is the focus mode switch. It’s a bit of hand holding but it looks cool and for enthusiasts new to the scene, you get an idea of the distance you need for 1:1 up to 1:4. It’s not some mind-blowing feature, but an interesting take for a macro lens.
The weight is kept down, and this could easily work for street photography and eliminate the need to haul multiple lenses around while walking around a city. Who am I kidding? Of course, we are going to haul around extra lenses.
Here are a couple of sample images taken with a Sony a7R II:
The usual suspects carry the lens, including B&H. Amazon has yet to update its product page for the new lens but expect that to change. What about E-Mount Sony Cameras? You can choose from their a7S series or the a7R. Or wait and wait for whatever Sony is obviously holding back. Way too many rumors for there not to be a new camera announcement hitting.