Seems like a lot of lenses are referred to as primes or plastic fantastics, especially in the 28 to 55mm range that don’t really qualify in my opinion……but I will qualify my opinion in saying all opinions/reviews of camera lenses are subjective in some manner or another.
I finally had to lay the tape measure to rest I’ve used for the last five or six years – been through a couple of tape replacements but the case was cracked in multiple places and on the verge of being held together with duct tape or baling wire.
Found a deal on a two pack set made by Milwaukee so I went for it – a 25 foot and a 16 foot – about now you’re probably asking yourself what do a couple of tape measures have to do with camera lenses?
Glad you asked as it allows me to segue into the subject of this particular blog.
They really don’t except for the above photos that illustrate a point – taken with a Nex 7 and Sony’s 50mm f1.8 OSS lens.
A lens characterized as a prime, and rightfully so without costing huge money.
These photos were shot indoors without the use of flash in jpeg in the Intelligent Shot mode and are presented straight out of the camera having only been cropped a little.
It’s very rare I shoot in anything other than manual or av using the RAW format – but in tinkering around with the NEX 7 I’ve been surprised by it’s various modes – pleasantly surprised, not enough though to make the transition from manual or av.
But they’re great features if you need to hand the camera off to someone else who isn’t familiar with either the camera, the nuances of non auto photography, or in a situation where a quick response may be important.
With what I consider to be the liberal application of the word prime I was skeptical about the performance of this little lens, but I’m a believer now.
Other words or terms like “rare” and “King of Bokeh” also are liberally applied, most often in marketing venues like ebay and elsewhere.
I think everyone knows there can only actually be one king inspite of the various claims ( that’s where subjective comes into play) and a lens made in the ten of thousands or more hardly qualifies as rare, hence the Latin term Caveat Emptor…buyer beware.
Makes me wonder if a King of Bokeh exists is there also a Queen of Bokeh or royal siblings? If so how many lenses would receive such a designation?
Nothing to worry about though if you’re considering the 50 OSS assuming the Sony e mount lens is what a person is looking for.
The OSS stands for Optical Steady Shot, an in lens stabilization mechanism designed to address the affects of camera shake.
I could add several related links featuring technical reviews of this lens but pixel peeping and real world shooting are two entirely different things and the only thing I’m interested in are what the results look like once the shutter is activated – if they’re good I can see that, if they’re bad I can see that as well.
Besides, being an animist of sorts I want to establish a working relationship with a lens – I want to know it’s strengths and weaknesses as evidenced on cameras I use, not those of others…..and I think that has stood me in good stead.
E mount lenses are by comparison slow in being introduced, better slow and getting it right than flooding the market with a procession of “royal lenses”.
But if a person doesn’t restrict themselves to the auto modes there are multitude of inexpensive adapters that will allow them to use just about any lens from any manufacturer they might care to.
I’m sure most know that clicking on a photo enlarges it…..just sayin’ in case some may not.