Get close for spectacular macro
With a minimum focusing distance of 16 centimetres you can get close enough for truly imposing life-size shots. There is less need to move the entire camera to find a usable shooting distance, so it is easy to shoot tabletop subjects without having to leave your seat and move around. This is an extremely useful lens for everyday situations.
Excellent image-wide sharpness and bokeh
A high-performance optical design that includes an ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, even when shooting close, contributing to outstanding corner-to-corner sharpness. Out-of-focus backgrounds are beautiful too, with a circular aperture mechanism helping to produce smooth, natural-looking bokeh that can make your subjects stand out.
Compact, lightweight design
Max. 70.8 mm diameter and 71 mm length with a total weight of only 236 grams (8.4 oz) for outstanding mobility and easy handling. This lens is a perfect match for the compact α series, and an ideal choice for everyday use.
Comprehensive control for easy macro
A focus-mode switch can be used to quickly switch between manual and auto focus, adapting easily to any macro opportunities that arise. A focus-range limiter sets the lens’ focus range for the fastest possible AF operation, and a focus-hold button freezes focus wherever it is pressed for controlled, stable shooting.
For snapshots as well as macro
The lens’ "normal" 50 mm focal length makes it ideal for shooting scenery and portraits as well as close-up subjects. An aspherical element carefully compensates for field curvature, maintaining top image quality from image centre to periphery.
Magnification and distance scales
Magnification and distance scales enhance convenience with precise numeric indications that can be an important aid in achieving the desired magnification and focus for macro photography.
Reliable in challenging conditions
A sealed dust and moisture-resistant3 design provides extra protection and ensures reliable operation in challenging environments. Shoot with confidence in light rain or windy conditions.
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