Bokeh on a Budget (Sony A6000) - Review of the Sony 50mm f/1.8 SEL5018 Lens

If you wanna get great bokeh for your Sony A6000, without spending an arm and a leg, then it's worth checking out the Sony SEL50F18 50mm f/1.8 lens.

While my favorite portrait lens is the 35mm f/1.8, I love shooting portraits with the 50mm.

Model @yujiexue

Model @yujiexue

Model: @geminhi_

Model: @geminhi_

Of course, the bokeh isn't the only reason to get the Sony 50mm f/1.8.  Here are some other benefits:

  • Optical Steady Shot (OSS) - having image stabilization in the lens is great for video shooters, particularly if you have a Sony A6000.  I've tried shooting handheld video on my A6000 with non-OSS lenses and the results were terrible.  If you've watched a video on my YouTube channel, chances are it was shot with the 50mm f/1.8.
  • Sharp optics - If you love getting sharp pictures, then you will not be disappointed with the 50.
  • Great low-light performance - The f/1.8 aperture allows you to take great photos at night, without leaning on flash or jacking up your ISO.  The first portrait of Yujie up-above was shot with the following settings - f/1.8, 1/50 sec shutter, ISO 800 and no flash.

So if you're looking for your next lens for the A6000, consider the 50mm f/1.8.

Grab the Sony 50mm f/1.8 on Amazon

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About the Author

Dan Bullman is a portrait photographer and YouTuber based in Boston. He produces educational videos, gear reviews and other content to make you a better photographer faster.  His videos have been viewed over 1 million times.  His portrait work has been featured on accounts like @moodyports @followingboston and @portraitmeet.