Sony SAL-50M28 Normal AF D 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens

Model #SAL50M28

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Weight 10.41 oz (295 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.36 x 2.80" (6 x 7.1 cm)
Filter thread Front: 55 mm


Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Focal length 50 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm
Angle of view 47°
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/32
Diaphragm blades 7
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:1
Magnification 1x
Groups/elements 6/7
Minimum focus distance 7.87" (20 cm)


Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
Lenstip com.34355424
31 May 2010

In this summary it would be better if we compared the Sony 2.8/50 with a Canon EF-S 2.8/60 Macro or a Sigma 2.8/50 Macro. Unfortunately neither of these instruments have been tested yet so out of necessity the tested device is being compared to the Sigma 2.8/70 Macro and the Tamron 2.8/90 Macro.

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    a bit too high vignetting by f/2.8,, chromatic aberration at the maximum relative aperture could have been lower.

Photozone de.33034401
8 August 2008

The Sony 50mm f/2.8 macro is certainly a very good lens but it does not really stand out from the crowd - macro lenses simply tend to be top performers. The resolution potential of the lens is very high straight from f/2.8.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
6 March 2013

I use this lens to shoot small items for catalogs and for copy work with a Sony a900. Performance is excellent, delivering sharp images with great depth of field in macro at f16-32

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    Consistent Output, Delivers Excellent Images, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight

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    Plastic build

14 May 2013

I use this for floral photography in the field. It's so "right on". It's fast enough to catch a clear shot of a flower on a windy day..

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh

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28 January 2012

This lens produces very sharp images regardless if you're in macro or limiter mode. It also doubles up great as a portrait lens if you're on a crop sensor camera (bringing you up to 75mm). It's built quite well, feels solid in the hand, and isn't too heavy or light.

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    Pretty much everything you'd expect from the lens

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    Little bit of play in the focus ring

13 April 2011

I'm still learning how to use this, but it is a lot of fun. It arrived ontime and in perfect condition. The lens was in plastic in the box with the instruction manual. I'm still having trouble using it as manual focus....I'm sure it is user error!

Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • For Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Focus Hold & Range Limiter Buttons
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In The Box
  • Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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