This was the very first lens I bought for my Sony system and despite continuous churning in my kit thanks to a growing FE system, this is one lens I havenít sold.
Its great for everything but it shines with portraiture. Backgrounds are smooth and low contrast, which is great. Unlike many 50s, this is sharp wide open, and thatís what youíre paying for. Its small and light and built very well. Considering all this, i find the price to be fair. There is a FE50 1.8 for less price, with a typical 50mm design, that every manufacturer has. This one is special. Also you donít pay the price in size and weight for better optics which is remarkable.