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

reviewer#9839 date: Jan-23-2012
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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:Minolta 50mm f/2.8 macro
price paid:374USD new
positive:small and light
negative:backfocus issue
comment:This lens turned out to be a big disappointment. Right out of the box it had a terrible back focus issue; I had to set micro-focus adjust to the max of -20.
Worse, though, it's just not as sharp as my work horse Minolta 50mm macro over f/2.8-f/5.6. At f/8 and above the two lenses are identical, but that's not why I bought an f/1.4 lens.
If there is any good news with the Sony lens, it's the fact that I don't see much performance difference from f/1.4 to f/2.8.

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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