Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by Malina DZ
|Malina DZ#11495 date: Nov-23-2013|
flare control: 4
|ownership:||I have experience with this lens|
|positive:||50/1.4 ZA looks well built, just like 85/1.4 ZA.|
It renders OOF areas smoothly, with no pronounced highlight outlining like Sony 50/1.4 does, and no coma in the corners @ F1.4-2. 9 aperture blades, when closed down to f/4, still retain a perfect round iris shape. It shows an improved sharpness at f/1.4 across the image frame. Excellent sharpness at infinity at any aperture.
|negative:||Amount of LoCA it produces is on par or slightly more than Sony version even stopped down.|
Distortion, flare control hasn't improved from Sony previous generation of 50/1.4.
|comment:||It's an overall improvement over Minolta designed 50/1.4 in terms of color, bokeh, sharpness, contrast, vignetting, build. AF speed is on par with Sony 50/1.4, but accuracy was lower with my 50ZA sample. It tended to back focus occasionally in dim light or back lit shots (a850 center AF point).|
You can find comparison images between Sony & Zeiss 50/1.4 here: http://goo.gl/c0fnqk