Sony AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by MichelvA

reviewer#11281 date: Jul-31-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Carl Zeiss 50 f/1.4 T* SSM
Minolta 50 f/2.8 macro D
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
price paid:€200 (LN )
positive:Large aperture
Very small
Relatively cheap
negative:Could be sharper at large apertures f/1.4-f/2.8
Screw drive
comment:Always wanted a f/1.4 lens - this is my first one. At large apertures, it doesn't reach sharpness and contrast of the CZ 50, but at 1024 pixels that is not a big problem.
The size is very small, actually comparable to the Sony 16 f/2.8 fisheye! For the price a must have, great you don't have to use a flash in dark circumstances.
My girfriend has the 50 f/1.8 DT - will check later what the differences are between these two.
I gave a 5 for flare control, this may change later. It is not as good as the CZ but not bad either (like the 28-70 can be). Build is not bad, but looks a tad cheaper compared to the CZ and G lenses. Actually i like the basic design of the Sony version, it matches the fisheye well. For MF the focus ring is a bit small though.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 138
  • sharpness: 4.70
  • color: 4.78
  • build: 4.20
  • distortion: 4.79
  • flare control: 4.49
  • overall: 4.59 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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