Sony’s newest camera lens has its focus on the everyday user. The SEL50M28 is a full-frame 50 mm f/2.8 macro lens that works with any of their E-mount cameras. It promises to be a solid everyday lens, but it sounds like it will really shine when taking up-close shots with a narrow focus.
That means bokeh shots – the sort with a strong focus on the subject and an artfully blurred background. The f/2.8 maximum aperture is a bit bigger than usual for a lens like this, which will allow for a narrower focus. Even better, it’s full frame, so your shots should end up clearer once they’ve been enlarged. The 6.3-inch minimum focusing distance should also help to make those up-close shots possible. I don’t know about getting up into someone’s eyeball, but the more floral kind of iris should be OK.
The focus should be on point, but Sony has made a few tweaks to improve color fidelity, too. They’ve used one layer of extra-low dispersion glass within the lens to help cut down on axial chromatic aberration when taking close-up shots. The lens construction also naturally cuts down on glare and ghosting – while you might still want a lens hood if you’re finicky about your photos, the results won’t be bad if you go without.
Sony’s full-frame 50 mm f/2.8 macro lens will launch in the United States and Canada in September and will sell for $500 US and $650 CA.