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

reviewer#11939 date: Aug-6-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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 Zeiss 50/1.4 ZA
price paid:US$350, used
positive:Sharpness, great color and contrast, LOW weight, small size
negative:Focus ring small but big enough to use
comment:I and an experienced-fotografer friend compared very carefully images from this against those from my Sony Zeiss. The differences in sharpness and contrast were VERY small and difficult to see, but those we saw favored the Sony and not the Zeiss. Since the Sony is about $800 less expensive and 11 ounces lighter, what's not to LOVE? I'm keeping this and selling the Zeiss.

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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