Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS Lens Test Video.


Here is a quick test video of the new Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS with the Sony NEX 5N camera. We shot everything at f1.8 100 ISO with Tungsten White Balance. The manual focus is like waiting for a bus and the OSS is very quiet but does not perform as well as expected. The Sony 50mm f1.8 is fast and fairly sharp and will work well in a locked off position. However, I cannot recommend it for hand held video work. It’s just not there yet. We will get it outside for some exterior examples with higher f-stops.
A huge thanks to our model Tatiana Mariesa.

Click here to check out the Sony 50mm f1.8 for yourself.

Here are the specifications from the Sony website.

  • Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.) : f/22
  • Filter Diameter : 49mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements : 8 groups, 9 elements
  • Minimum Focus Distance : 15.3″ (0.39m)
  • AF for Movie Capture : Yes
  • Angle of View : 32°
  • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2-1/2 x 2- 1/2″ (62x62mm)
  • Direct Manual Focus : Yes
  • Exterior Finish : Metal
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 75mm
  • Internal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Lens Weight : 7.25 oz (202g)
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture : Excellent
  • Maximum Magnification : 0.16x (APS-C)
  • Mount Material : Metal


Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
  • Paul

    You wrote, “The manual focus is like waiting for a bus.”  So twist faster…