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Guide to the best 50mm Lenses for full frame Sony E-mount cameras: a7III/a7II/a7rIV/a7RIII/a9/A9II

The 50mm lens is what used to be called a “standard” lens, though perhaps a very slightly shorter focal length gives the absolutely most natural perspective. For some of us here at Phillipreeve.net it’s a length we adore, and have more 50s than any other focal length. Others of us are less keen, finding it usually too short or too long. Obviously there is no right answer here, it depends on how each photographer sees the world.

But it is a very versatile focal length with a wide range of applications. It can be used for slightly formal portraits, moderately environmental portraits, landscape, architecture – most things except wildlife or sport. You can also, with a little quality loss, crop down to a more formal portrait angle of view, and you can – with a gain in both quality and hassle – stitch frames to get wider angles of view for certain kinds of landscape.

In this article we summarize our experience with all the native E-mount 50mm lenses to give you a independent resource in one place for choosing the best 50 mm lens for your needs.We will cover AF E mount, MF E mount with electronic contacts, and lenses with the E bayonet but no contacts. There will a separate article about lenses from other mounts you might adapt to E mount.

Unlike most other review sites we have no association with any lens manufacturer apart from occasionally borrowing a lens for a review. We prefer independence over fancy trips and nice meals.

Before discussing each lens, we tell you which of us had or has the lens, and whether it was purchased or borrowed for review. In most cases we have bought the lenses new from retail stores or on the used market. If you want to support our independent reviews please consider using one of the affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you anything and helps us a lot.

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Review: Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S 1.8/50

Introduction

Olympus lenses are known for their good build quality and performance. Does this apply to the the Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S 1.8/50, one of the lightest Olympus standard lenses too?

Sony a7II | Olympus F.Zuiko 1.8/50 | f/1.8
Sony a7II | Olympus F.Zuiko 1.8/50 | f/1.8
Sony a7II | Olympus F.Zuiko 1.8/50 | f/1.8
Sony a7RIII | Olympus F.Zuiko 1.8/50 | f/8

Most images in this review can be found in full resolution on flickr.

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Review: TTArtisan 21mm 1.5

Introduction

ttartisan 7artisans 21mm 1.5 m-mount leica m10 sony a7rII a7rIII a7rIV sharpness resolution review performance bokeh
TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 with TTArtisan M->E adapter on Sony A7rII

The TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 is not only a fast but also a very compact wide angle lens. Does the small size take its toll, or will this be a similarly positive surprise as the similarly sized 7Artisans 28mm 1.4? Let us find out how it performs on the Sony A7rII and the Leica M10!

Sample Images

ttartisan 7artisans 21mm 1.5 m-mount leica m10 sony a7rII a7rIII a7rIV sharpness resolution review performance bokeh
Leica M10 | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/5.6
TTArtisan_21mm_1.5_sample_4
Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/1.5
ttartisan 7artisans 21mm 1.5 m-mount leica m10 sony a7rII a7rIII a7rIV sharpness resolution review performance bokeh
Sony A7rII | TTArtisan 21mm 1.5 | f/8.0

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Review: 7artisans 28mm 1.4 FE-Plus

Introduction

7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review
7artisans 28mm 1.4 FEplus via Hawk’s Factory adapter on Sony A7rII

So far the only native 28mm prime lens is the Sony FE 28mm 2.0. Now 7artisans is offering a version of  its 28mm 1.4 M-mount lens with an optical design adjusted to the thick filter stack of the Sony cameras. This is the first 7artisans lens reviewed here, so let us find out what this new manufacturer has to offer.

Update 01/21/20: added sharpness infinity chart for Leica M10 and a few additional information regarding its use on a rangefinder camera

Sample Images

7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review close focus range macro extension tube helicoid adapter hawks factory
Sony A7rII | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4
7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review close focus range macro extension tube helicoid adapter hawks factory
Sony A7rII | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4
7artisans leica summulix 28mm 1.4 f/1.4 wide angle fast 42mp sony feplus resolution contrast coma review close focus range macro extension tube helicoid adapter hawks factory
Sony A7rII | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4
7artisans 28mm 1.4 fe-plus fe+ sharpness coma astro astrophotography milky way astigmatism
Sony A7III | 7artisans 28mm 1.4 | f/1.4 | panorama from 3 shots

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Testing two 45-year-old wideangles on 61 Megapixels (guest post)

Since the introduction of mirrorless camera with shorter flange focal distances the usage of vintage lenses grew rapidly. With full frame bodies like the Sony A7R II or newer with 42 or 61 megapixel, it is interesting to know whether those lenses are still usable on those cameras and can be a cheap alternative for the manually focussing photographers out there.

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