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Sony 50mm Mid-Range Lens Operating Instructions

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About SONY
Sony was founded in 1946 by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, originally as Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo. The company started with a focus on producing innovative consumer electronics, such as radios and tape recorders, and later expanded into various other areas, including televisions, audio equipment, cameras, video game consoles, and mobile devices.

This manual is for several different lenses.

  • The illustrations in this manual show the E 30mm F3.5 Macro lens unless otherwise stated.
  • The E 30mm F3.5 Macro and E 50mm F1.8 OSS are designed for Sony α camera system E-mount cameras.
  • The Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA and Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA were developed jointly by ZEISS and Sony Corporation and designed for Sony E-mount cameras. This lens is produced under the strict standards and quality assurance system of ZEISS.
    You cannot use it on A-mount cameras.
  • The Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA is compatible with the range of a 35mm format image sensor.
  • The other lenses are compatible with the range of an APS-C-sized image sensor. A camera equipped with a 35mm format image sensor can be set to shoot at APS-C size.

Notes on Use

  • When carrying a camera with the lens attached, always firmly hold both the camera and the lens.
  • The Sonnar T 35mm F2.8 ZA is not water-proof, although it was designed with dust-proofness and splash-proofness in mind. If using in the rain etc., keep water drops away from the lens.

Precautions on using a flash

  • When using a flash, always remove the lens hood and shoot at least 1 m (3.3 feet) away from your subject. With certain combinations of lens and flash, the lens may partially block the light of the flash, resulting in a shadow at the bottom of the picture.

Vignetting

  • When using the lens, the corners of the screen become darker than the center. To reduce this phenomenon (called vignetting), close the aperture by 1 to 2 stops.

Identifying the PartsSony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-1

  1. Lens hood index
  2. Focusing ring
  3. Lens contacts*
  4. Mounting index

* Do not touch the lens contacts.

Attaching and Detaching the LensSony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-2

To attach the lens (See illustration B–1.)

  1. Remove the rear and front lens caps and the camera body cap.
    • You can attach/detach the front lens cap in two ways, (1)  and (2). When you attach/detach the lens cap with the lens hood attached, use method (2). (E 50mm F1.8 OSS and Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA only)
  2. Align the white index on the lens barrel with the white index on the camera (mounting index), then insert the lens into the camera mount and rotate it clockwise until it locks.
    • Do not press the lens release button on the camera when mounting the lens.
    • Do not mount the lens at an angle.

To remove the lens (See illustration B–2.)

While holding down the lens release button on the camera, rotate the lens counterclockwise until it stops, then detach the lens.

Attaching the Lens HoodSony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-3

It is recommended that you use a lens hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality.

E 30mm F3.5 Macro
Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA
Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA:

Align the red line on the lens hood with the red dot on the lens (lens hood index), then insert the lens hood into the lens mount and rotate it clockwise until the red dot on the lens hood is aligned with the red dot on the lens (lens hood index) and the lens hood clicks into place.

  • When using a built-in camera flash or a flash supplied with the camera, remove the lens hood to avoid blocking the flashlight.
  • You can attach the front lens cap to the front of the lens hood. (E 30mm F3.5 Macro only)
  • When storing, fit the lens hood onto the lens backward. (Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA only)
  • If you use the front lens cap, fit the lens hood. (Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA only)
  • You can attach a 40.5mm filter (sold separately) to the lens hood. On the lens side, you can attach a 49mm filter (sold separately). (Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA only)
  • Depending on your filter, you can attach the lens hood after

E 50mm F1.8 OSS:

Fit the lens hood into the mount on the end of the lens barrel and rotate the lens hood clockwise until it clicks.

  • When using a built-in camera flash or a flash supplied with the camera, remove the lens hood to avoid blocking the flashlight.
  • When storing, fit the lens hood onto the lens backward.

FocusingSony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-4

There are three ways to focus.

  • Autofocus
    The camera focuses automatically.
  • DMF (Direct manual focus)
    After the camera focuses in autofocus, you can make a fine adjustment manually.
  • Manual focus
    You focus manually.

Macro photography (E 30mm F3.5 Macro)

Precautions on using a commercially available exposure meter or manual flash shooting function

  • When shooting close to a subject with the E 30mm F3.5 Macro, the brightness of the lens is reduced.
  • When shooting in automatic exposure mode or metered manual mode (for example, the camera’s AUTO mode), the exposure is adjusted automatically.
  • When using a commercially available exposure meter or shooting with the manual flash function available on some external flash units, set the exposure higher than the indicated value.Sony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-5
  • When two or more subjects at different distances are overlapping in the AF area, it may be hard for the camera to focus automatically. If this happens, refer to the instruction manual of the camera and select the proper focus mode.

SpecificationsSony-50mm-Mid-Range-Lens-Operating-Instructions-6

*1 The values shown above for equivalent 35mm-format focal length and angle of view are for Interchangeable Lens Cameras equipped with an APS-C-sized image sensor.

*2 Angle of view 1 is the value for 35mm cameras, and angle of view 2 is the value for Interchangeable Lens Cameras equipped with an APS-C-sized image sensor.

*3 Minimum focus is the distance from the image sensor to the subject.

  • Depending on the lens mechanism, the focal length may change with any change in shooting distance. The focal lengths given above assume the lens is focused at infinity.

Included items

E 30mm F3.5 Macro (SEL30M35):

  • Lens (1)
  • Front lens cap (1)
  • Rear lens cap (1),
  • Lens hood* (1),
  • Set of printed documentation

* Attached on the lens

E 50mm F1.8 OSS (SEL50F18):

  • Lens (1)
  • Front lens cap (1)
  • Rear lens cap (1)
  • Lens hood (1)
  • Set of printed documentation

Sonnar T E 24mm F1.8 ZA (SEL24F18Z):

  • Lens (1)
  • Front lens cap (1)
  • Rear lens cap (1)
  • Lens hood (1)
  • Case (1)
  • Set of printed documentation

Sonnar T FE 35mm F2.8 ZA (SEL35F28Z ):

  • Lens (1)
  • Front lens cap (1)
  • Rear lens cap (1)
  • Lens hood* (1)
  • Set of printed documentation

* Attached on the lens

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

FAQS About Sony 50mm Mid-Range Lens

What is the shortest distance a 50mm lens can focus on?

45 CM

What’s the weight of a Sony 50mm lens?

186 grams

What is the Sony 50mm’s minimum focus distance?

0.45m

What makes a 50mm lens unique?

Also, compared to zoom lenses, 50mm prime lenses offer a much wider aperture.

What is the angle of a 50mm lens?

47-degree

A 50mm lens is it fixed?

Anyone starting out in photography should have a 50mm prime lens, also known as a fixed focal-length lens.

Why is a regular lens a 50mm lens?

The lens used for photography is the one that most nearly resembles human vision.

How does minimum focus distance vary?

Depending on the lens, and the focal lengths of zoom lenses, the minimum focusing distance can change.

What is the focal distance that is closest?

The distance from the front of the lens to the subject is frequently considered to be the closest focusing distance.

What diameter is a lens filter for a 50mm Sony?

49 mm

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