Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by Thkpic
|Thkpic#11696 date: Feb-16-2014|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Nothing- it outclasses them all|
|comment:||Yeah, I own it. It's special alright- but maybe not 1500.00 dollars special. Nah, who am I kidding- it's that special. I own the 135mm 1.8 as well. This one has all of the same characteristics that make Zeiss what it is. Great color rendition, extremely sharp and smooth diffraction focus. what I like about Zeiss is you don't need much if any post processing. The sharpness is already where you'd want it and the colors rarely even need minor adjustments. Shot, capture and print. |
Ok, the hood is an absolute insult. The focus hold button on the side is plastic as well. But, the rest makes up for it. SSM, SOLID barrel build and that oh so sweet glass. You may not need 1.4, but it's nice to know you have it. I use it quite a bit but outside of wide open I tend to shot at 5.6. That's were this lens DESTROYS...I mean DECIMATES other 50's. It's medium format quality stopped down. So about that 1500 dollar question again. Yeah, it's worth it and if you get it used for around 1300 then it's a steal.
Still have it folks. I've used it the past two years for wedding photography and no regrets. It is soft though at 1.4 till around F2 but no big deal. There is CA wide open for sure but I'll trade that off for the excellent bokeh it produces. I shot it side by side with the 55mm 1.8 FE and nothing to write home about in terms of differences.