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

reviewer#44160 date: Nov-5-2018
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:The one it replaced, plus other primes and fast lenses:

Sony 18-70mm f3.5-5.6
Sony 35mm f1.8 SAM
Tamron 17-50mm f2.8
Tamron 28-70mm f2.8
Minolta 135mm f2.8
Minolta 28mm f2.8
Cosina 100m f3.5 macro
price paid:£186 s/h
positive:Very fast lens, small and very light. The former means that you can use available light in situations where others would have to use flash or a longer exposure.
negative:Not particularly sharp wide open, but that adds to the effect. Screw-driven autofocus is slower and noisier than modern ones.
comment:After getting it as my first non-kit lens, it stayed on the camera as if glued there for 18 months, and has been much used since. Lots of my favourite photos have been taken with this one and the results have been blown up to A2 without embarrassment. If I ever go FF, it will still be usable.

5/5 in terms of value, one of the four lenses I would keep if I had to cut down to a handful.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania