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Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens

Sony has just added a new FE lens to the lineup, this time with a 50mm F2.8 Macro lens. While the 50mm focal length is more typical for everyday photography than macro work, this new lens offers full 1:1 macro capability as well as new controls such as a focus mode switch, focus range limiter, and focus-hold button. Availablity is set for September at a price of $500 which is great for a full frame macro lens. While stabilization is missing, Sony A7RII owners will benefit from the IBIS already built in to that camera.

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 30, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens (model SEL50M28).
Ideal for everyday photography, this 50mm macro lens features an F2.8 maximum aperture that offers outstanding image quality and bokeh, while its 1:1 macro capability allows the photographer to get sharp close-up shots of their subject. Additionally, its comprehensive range of controls including focus-mode switch, focus-range limiter and focus-hold button ensure an effortless shooting experience for a wide range of users.

The lens offers a 6.3 inch minimum focusing distance and a wider field of view for capturing more background, compared to longer focal-length macro lenses. Weighing in at a mere 8.4 oz., it’s extremely lightweight and portable, making it easy to carry around.
The new FE 50mm F2.8 Macro lens features an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberration at close focus, allowing it to create consistently sharp and high quality images. The optical and mechanical construction of the lens has less glare and ghosting, even without a lens hood. The lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

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