Sony AF 50mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by wingedpower
|wingedpower#12101 date: Jan-23-2015|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||* Tamron 17-50/2.8 XR|
* Sony 85mm/2.8
* Sony 35mm/1.8
* Minolta 50/1.7
|positive:||* Very bright/fast 50mm prime.|
* Very light(plastic construction)
* Fairly sharp,if stopped down a bit.
|negative:||* Slight blur when wide open|
* Build quality found wanting. (plastic construction)
* VERY noisy when auto-focusing
* AF speed is slow for the lens.
|comment:||As a previous owner of the Minolta 50/1.7, I had really high hopes for the Sony 50mm/1.4.|
This lens is fairly compact. It will DISAPPEAR when mounted on a A77/A99 with vertical grip. It is very light.
This lens works very nicely in tough lighting conditions. Though at 50mm on an APS-C, it's a bit long, not wide enough. On a full frame, I find the fall-off in the corners to be very noticeable.
The lens' focusing ring up front is very small and very thin, making manual focus with this lens to be a bit of a pain. The wiggle and give does not help.
I found I missed the pull out lens hood of the Minolta 50/1.7. The provided plastic lens hood often added bulk and would twist off easily.
When the above issues were not at play, I found the images taken with the lens to be sharp, provide good subject/background separation, and were pleasing.
The AF gears on the lens are noisey, which greatly detracts from video shots and for when you want to remain in the background. :(
I find myself thinking fondly of the Minolta 50mm/1.7, Tamron 17-50/2.8, or one of the new 50mm lenses with silent drive systems.
This isn't a bad lens. But it's just not built as well as it can be.