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Jason Lanier Tests The FE 50mm f/1.8 For Serious Shooting

Jason Lanier has been blessed with a career that allows him to own and use the most high-end photography equipment made. But it wasn’t always that way. Like every photographer, for years Lanier had to make compromises and prioritize his limited resources. That experience trained him to maximize his dollars and evaluate gear for what it can actually do.

Harkening back to those days when and his own struggles as a photographer working hard to break in, Jason Lanier looks at the performance of the $299 Sony FE 50mm f/1.8. Dismissed by some as just a “nifty fifty,” Lanier wanted to find out how it would perform and if it’s a viable option for serious work. Using the lens on his Sony α6500, it becomes a strong portrait lens with a full frame equivalency of 75mm.  

Is the 50mm f/1.8 the same lens as the FE 55mm f/1.8 or the newer Sony-Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*? No, but as Lanier shows, it’s a capable performer and a bargain at less than $300.

“I say it’s really hitting the mark…It finds focus every time. That’s what’s really important. It finds focus every time.“