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

Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens

Between their G-Master lens series and a number of other new lens, 2016 has been the year of lenses for Sony. This week they announced their latest macro lens in the Full-Frame FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens. The new lens is designed specifically for Sony’s E-mount camera system. It features a 6.3-inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view.  It has an ED (extra-low dispersion) glass to compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus. The lens is available starting in September at $500.

For more details and technical specifications check out the full press release below.

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens (model SEL50M28).

Ideal for everyday photography, this 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 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.

The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp and high quality images. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.[i]

Pricing and Availability

The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens will be available in September for about $500 US and $650 CA, respectively.  It will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

A variety of exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new lenses and other Sony α products can be found at www.alphauniverse.com , Sony’s new community site built to educate, inspire and showcase all fans and customers of the Sony α brand.

Content is also available for viewing at the sony.com product page in the US and CA

[i] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.

Technical Specifications

Type Interchangeable lens
Product name FE 50mm F2.8 Macro
Model name SEL50M28
Lens mount Sony E-mount
Format 35mm full frame
Focal-length (mm) 50mm
35mm equivalent focal-length (APS-C) (mm) 75mm
Lens construction (groups-elements) 7 groups / 8 elements
Angle of view (APS-C) *1 32°
Angle of view (35mm) 47°
Maximum aperture (F) F2.8
Minimum aperture (F) F16
Number of aperture blade 7
Circular aperture Yes
Minimum focus distance (m) 0.16m
Minimum focus distance (ft) 0.53′
Maximum magnification ratio (x) 1.0x
Filter diameter (mm) 55mm
Image stabilization (SteadyShot) – (body-integrated)
Teleconverter compatibility (x1.4) Incompatible
Teleconverter compatibility (x2.0) Incompatible
Dimensions dia. x length (mm) 70.8mm x 71mm
Dimensions dia. x length (in.) 2-7/”8 x 2-7/8″
Weight (approx.) (g) 236g
Weight (approx.) (oz.) 8.4 oz
Lens front cap ALC-F55S
Lens rear cap ALC-R1EM

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