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

reviewer#9953 date: Feb-21-2012
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 used to own this lens
compared to:minolta 50mm 1.7/1.4
sony 50mm sam
Sigma 50mm 1.4
price paid:
positive:Sharp wide open
fast & accurate AF
negative:wish it had SSM
comment:After a little micro adjustment this lens is sharp wide open. It's compact and has fast AF (which just as importantly is also accurate), this lens ticks all the essential boxes.

This lens has great colour & bokeh and delivers a pleasing image.

There's nothing bad about this lens, just room for improvement such as SSM but the same could be said about the much more expensive CZ primes


I've had the chance to compare this to the sigma 50mm 1.4 there's virtually no difference in image quality. The sigma has slightly smoother more diffused bokeh but much worse flare control. The sigma has silent HSM which allows for MF override but the AF speed doesn't seem quite as snappy as the sony. If anything the Sony is the better balanced of the 2 lenses in the sense it doesn't really have any weaknesses.

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