The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
The size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses. Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro is the longer of the two lenses at 99mm. The Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro with a length of 60mm, is 39mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro also has a larger diameter of 75mm compared to the Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro's 72mm diameter.
The weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro weighs 295g, 41% (210g) lighter than the Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro's weight of 505g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the Macro Prime Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for size comparison purposes.
Macro Prime Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for Size Comparison
Both the Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro and the Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro has the same Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A99 II, Sony A68 and Sony A77 II.
Sony 100mm F2.8 Macro is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 100mm. When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides a 35mm (FF) equivalent of 150mm.
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro is a prime lens with fixed focal lenght of 50mm which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 75mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera.