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

reviewer#44157 date: Oct-31-2018
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
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:Mino 24 2.8
Sigma 35 1.4
Tamron 90 2.8 Macro
Sigma 24-105 f/4
price paid:160.00 USD (used)
positive:Center is not sharp wide open. The entire frame is very sharp by 2.8 and beyond. By 5.6 and 8 it resolves an amazing amount of detail.
Very pleasing OoF areas.
This lens is small and light. Easy to carry and not obtrusive.
The build is fine. The focus is smooth. There is a 'plasticky' feel, but it feels solidly made.
Quick, silent focus.
negative:I'd like it to focus closer. Some chromatic aberration wide open, but disappears quickly.
comment:A great lens for daily use. Light and easy to carry around, it focuses quickly and accurately. Being a prime lens, it forces me to 'zoom with my feet', a nearly forgotten skill. I love playing with the limited DoF.
This lens ought to be in any full frame kit.

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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