Why is my 50mm macro my favourite lens for nonetheless life and meals pictures? That is one thing I get requested on a regular basis. I shoot with a Sony a7 II, a7R III and a Sony 50mm macro lens. Working with pretty small units and scenes, I like the pliability the 50mm macro offers me.
Not needing to face as removed from my topic as I’d with a 90mm or 100mm, is a bonus too. I can work in pretty tight areas and nonetheless get an general shot, however then at actually a flick of a swap leap into 1:2 or 1:1 macro and actually seize the finer particulars.
For me, it truly is all concerning the flexibility and flexibility of this lens. within the 1:4 setting, I may even shoot portraits and landscapes if I want to. If I’m on location I can and have used this lens to shoot panorama photos and in a snap some portraits as properly, then with out stopping I can go straight again to capturing bees and flowers.
I do even have a Zeiss 55mm lens which is actually gorgeous for portraits, however I can’t get in shut as I can with a macro for excellent up-close photos. Generally a 50mm could be a little too shut when working with bees and the opportunity of getting stung, however I discover in case you are sluggish and regular and don’t annoy them, they’re completely satisfied to pose for a photograph or two.
Whether or not on autofocus or guide focus, this lens captures gorgeous element. The height meter on Sony cameras actually will help help to get optimum focus, even with my eyes not being fairly what they was with the small viewfinder.
There may be even a maintain operate with a small button on the aspect of the lens, which permits me to carry my focus and transfer round inside a shot. I may be 50mm or 5 meters (approx. 16.5 ft) away from my topic and the main target continues to be superb. If I really feel the necessity to transfer in shut, I may even add extension tubes to the lens and actually get in shut.
Bokeh & blur
I like the blur and bokeh from this lens — it’s a little softer than some 90mm macro lenses. Normally, when working up shut together with your topic you get extra of a blur than a real bokeh, and the blur on this lens of sentimental and creamy, excellent for my model of pictures. I really don’t imagine I can get as near my topic and get the blur and bokeh with a regular 50mm lens, as I can with my 50mm macro.
Now I do know all of us say it’s the photographer and never the gear that makes stunning imagery, however having really nice gear could make creating stunning photos a pleasure. Certain I can take the identical photograph with my smartphone. Whereas they’re completely superb nowadays, there appears to be an general lack within the depth of subject that I can seize with my 50mm. With the appropriate props, and the appropriate gentle, I can take an earthly on a regular basis object and switch it right into a factor of magnificence.
Weight & price
Whereas for some this isn’t a deciding issue, for me it was a giant factor. I borrowed a 50mm macro for just a few days to check out earlier than I made a decision to purchase it.
I had at all times used a 90mm macro previously. They’re large, heavy and sometimes expensive, even with the ‘cheaper’ manufacturers. This was considerably smaller and lighter than the Sony 90mm. I had moved to a mirrorless digital camera system as a result of the load of DSLR digital camera gear was changing into a problem for me.
The truth that it was roughly half the value of the 90mm was additionally compelling. The 90mm runs AUD$1500 ($998 USD), whereas the 50mm runs AUD$800 ($498 USD). Right here’s a whole spec comparability:
- Weight: 0.96kg (roughly 2.1 kilos)
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Aperture Blades: 9
- Minimal focal distance: 0.28m (roughly 11 inches)
- Weight: 0.23kg (roughly 0.5 kilos)
- Aperture: f/2.8
- Aperture Blades: 7
- Minimal focal distance: 0.16m (roughly 6.3 inches)
Now I’m not saying the 90mm is a foul lens — it’s stunning. However for me with weight and price being a giant issue, the standard of the pictures is excellent, so for my vote is for the 50mm.