The Sony SEL 50mm f/1.8 has just arrived and I am uploading today my very first photos with this lens. They are just snapshots I managed to shoot since my time is very limited today. As expected, all shots were shot at f/1.8 (which is the main reason I bought this lens).
My first impression is that this lens does exactly what I was expecting from it. The ability to shoot at low light and also create images with narrow depth of field. I reckon it should be a great portrait and available light lens for the NEX (it’s 75mm equivalent due to the crop sensor).
So, my NEX system is now complete. The 16mm f/2.8 pancake is a fast wide lens, the 18-55 and 55-210 are the two zoom lenses which cover a focal length of 27-315 (pretty much everything I will ever need), and the 50mm provides a very fast aperture for low light situations and portraits.
All the above fit very easily in a normal camera bag and the whole setup is very light, which is ideal for long walks or travels. I can also easily fit a couple of Leica or Voigtlander lenses when I need to.
The 50mm f/1.8 has also image stabilization which I find it very crucial for low light. Until now, I have used the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 and f/1.1 on the NEX and while they provide very good images, they lack auto focus and stabilization. Even with the great peaking focus system, there were many times when I could not focus properly or fast. Add to that the stabilization feature and the only advantage of the Nokton 50mm f/1.1 is the narrower depth of field, which is great for creating special images, but not for everyday use.
I will soon run a comparison between the Noktons and the Sony lens, and see how they compare to each other in terms of image quality.
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