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June 10, 2012

Sony Nex-5n and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – Sample pics and 100% Crops!!

Sony Nex-5n and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

I took a bunch of sample pics around the house yesterday with the Sony Nex-5n and Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens. I tried to get a decent variety of photos that show off the incredible depth of field, sharpness, and bokeh. This lens performs really good so far and is very sharp!! See for yourself below, and be sure to click on the photos for the 1200px 100% crops.

I shot using jpeg fine mode as I’ve honestly come around a bit on the jpeg vs raw controversy. The Nex-5n takes killer raw files for sure, but it’s really designed to do it all and pump out a finilized result that is virtually print ready, so to speak. So coming from that line of logic it does make sense to me from a few different stand points. One being, the files look better overall as the sharpening, noise reduction, and everything else the camera does is already done. Another being the files size is so much less that it makes my life easier in several ways as you could imagine.

With that being said, just request below in the comments area if you want to see RAW sample pics of anything. Otherwise I plan to shoot Jpeg Fine with the Nex-5n. Pro Grade cameras I will most likely shoot a combination of raw and jpeg just to let you know.

Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens - SEL50F18

Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – SEL50F18

 

A Few Favorites from Yesterday

Here’s my girl Layla on the deck in the natural light using the Sony Nex-5n and 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens. I prefer using aperture priority mode and ISO 100 when possible and in this image I was shooting wide open at f/1.8 hand held. I converted this photo to BW in Lightroom 4 and added a little warmth using split toning, and a vignette for that timeless feel. I’ll probably print this image at some point ;)

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

Here’s a 100% Crop of the original Jpeg.

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/320sec, ISO 100, Hand Held – 100% Crop

 

Here’s a cool blown glass wind chime top that shows off a pretty killer bokeh if you ask me ;)

Sony Nex-5n w/ 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8, 1/800, ISO 100

Sony Nex-5n w/ 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8, 1/800, ISO 100

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/80sec, ISO 125, Hand Held

Nex-5n, Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens @ f/1.8 1/80sec, ISO 125, Hand Held

Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens - SEL50F18

Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – SEL50F18

 

Gallery Style High Res Sample Photos with 100% Crops

For this set I included a the whole image, then the 100% crop of the focal point and then a 100% crop of the out of focus area, or Bokeh!!

 

Real World Sharpness Test

I used a stack of bricks that was next to the shed for this test as it offers tons of texture and sharp edges for visual scrutiny ;)

For this set I needed to maintain a fast shutter speed to insure a somewhat fair comparison between the different apertures, because I was shooting hand held. The center 100% crop is to the right on this set and the top right corner of the frame is in the middle. To maintain the 1/80 sec shutter speed I switched the ISO to auto and the camera did the math for me. So, when viewing these, keep in mind the f/8 sample pics are ISO 2500, vs ISO x for the others.

 

Closing Remarks

Well, so far I am very impressed with this lens, and for the money there is no better E-Mount lens ion the market. The Zeiss 24mm is really nice, don’t get me wrong, but it’s so expensive in comparison it’s not even fair to compare really. The build quality on the Zeiss is a bit better though, check it out over Here >>

Sony Nex-5n and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens and lens Hood

Sony Nex-5n and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens and lens Hood

The build quality of the E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens is very good and on par with the other Sony E-Mount lenses. The lens hood also fits very snug and locks tightly into place as it screws into the front of the lens. The E-mount itself is rock solid with almost no play at all. The focus ring is butter smooth and the AF motor is virtually silent!! It’s not the fastest focus motor I’ve used, but respectable and incredible smooth for transitions with video. The OSS also works really well and I will do so slow shutter hand holding tests soon!!

What do you think about the Sony E-Mount 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens??

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Thanks,
Jay

 

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4 Comments


  1. Colby

    How would you say the ergonomics of the camera are with this lens and the other lenses you just received? Do they make the camera awkward or more enjoyable than the kit lens?


    • Jay

      Hi Colby,

      Thanks for the question ;) I would say it’s about the same as the kit lens with the only difference being the zoom. It’s easier in that respect as there is no zooming, but other than that it’s feels about the same to me.

      The Sigma lenses are much lighter and completely change the feel of the camera. The camera feels a little bit to lite in my opinion. In comparison to the 50mm and/ or kit lens it doesn’t feel as stable in your hand when your hand holding trying to shoot. A little bit of weight helps make the camera more solid and one with the hand and arm. At least for me anyway ;)

      The La-Ea2 is a whole other animal that I will get into once I use it more.

      I hope that helps,
      Jay


  2. Dang

    Hi Jay,

    I couldn’t find any article on your site talking about the Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount. If there is an article about it, could you point me to it.

    Thanks,
    -Dang



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