Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens Review (PhotographyBlog)

The Photography Blog has published the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens review (tested on the 61MP Sony A7R IV): “the FE 50mm F2.5 G is a very solid addition to the ever-growing number of Sony 50mm lenses. ”

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens Key Features:

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Asperical and ED Elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13.8″
  • Dual XD Linear AF Motors, Internal Focus
  • Focus Hold Button, AF/MF Switch
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

From Photography Blog:

The Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G is a tiny, lightweight “nifty fifty” that packs a lot of performance, features and optical quality into its small frame.

Its main selling points are its premium finish and excellent build quality, retro feel, plethora of controls, small size and weight, and fast auto-focusing.

This lens is a great performer optically, being pin-sharp throughout virtually all of the frame, even when shooting wide-open at f/2.5.

Vignetting is a little heavy wide-open, but chromatic aberrations and distortion are well-controlled in both the JPG and Raw files and the bokeh is nice enough for what is after all only a f/2.5 maximum aperture lens.

A traditional aperture ring is a feature that we love on any lens, and Sony’s implementation of it on the 50mm F2.5 G is nigh on perfect.

It has a lovely action, positive movements between the 1/3rd aperture stops, and a pronounced gap between f/22 and the Auto setting that requires more pressure to move so that you can’t inadvertently select it.

It also gets one up on one of its main rivals, the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN, by offering a dedicated switch on the lens barrel that allows you to de-click the aperture ring for video use, making it more suited to movie-making than the Sigma alternative.


Overall, the FE 50mm F2.5 G is a very solid addition to the ever-growing number of Sony 50mm lenses. It might not grab the headlines with its modest F2.5 aperture, but there’s still a lot to like about this super-compact lens.

Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G Lens: $598 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

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