Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by jamesmd

reviewer#11358 date: Sep-29-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 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:zeiss 50 1.4 ZF2 , Summilux 50 , Rokkor 50 1.2
price paid:
positive:very sharp , nice OF rendering , not as heavy as it looks , very fast silent focusing
negative:price and a little to much CA at wide aperturs , but I can live with it ;-)
comment:a very nice lens , I was really surprised for the very high IQ this lens provides on the a99 . very very sharp , fits perfectly on the a99 , I bet it will be on the camera more than any other lens .
The only But , is the CA at wide apertures , I little less would of made the lens perfect . ( It is normal for wide open lenses on High contrast OF areas , but less would of been great )

A very nice lens , a must if you like 50s and you have an a99 , it really makes it shine ;-)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 31
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.77
  • flare control: 4.87
  • overall: 4.91 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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