DxOMark published their Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens review and test results. Tested on the Sony a7RII, this FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro achieved an overall DxOMark score of 37 points, with a combination of 37 P-Mpix Sharpness, making it the third-sharpest lens tested on Sony a7RII, just behind the Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro with 42 P-Mpix and the Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 with 40 P-Mpix. But this Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro is much cheaper than the top two performers, so it is really a great choice for general-use photography and portraiture.
From DxOMark Conclusion:
Shooting full-frame, a 50mm prime is a really handy option for general use and portrait photography, as well as a relatively lightweight and portable lens. Adding 1:1 macro focusing, the Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro offers greater functionality for Sony A7 series owners, making it an even more versatile optic at a sensible $499 price point. Sharpness is outstanding on the Sony A7R II, achieving 37 P-Mpix of the Sony A7R II’s total 42Mp resolution, and it’s the third-sharpest lens we’ve tested on this camera. It’s not as sharp as the Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 and lets in half the amount of light using the maximum aperture, but it’s also half the cost of the $998 Zeiss and offers macro.
- Lightweight and portable
- 1:1 macro focusing
- ED (extra-low dispersion) element
- Dust- and moisture-resistant
- Outstanding sharpness from f/4 to f/8
- Well-controlled chromatic aberration
- Some corner shading at all apertures
- Expensive compared to the Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
You can read the full review at DxOmark.
The new Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro lens is now in stock and shipping in the US for $498.