Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by scovell001

reviewer#11787 date: Apr-23-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
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 own this lens
compared to:SAL Zeiss 85f1.4
Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art
Minolta 50 f1.7
Hasselblad 80 F2.8
Mamiya 80 f1.9
Contax 80 f2
price paid:£750 new !!!!
positive:High Build Quality
Very High Performance
Draws Like Only a Zeiss Lens can
negative:a little aberration
lens hood not worthy
comment:I'll keep this review short. Simply to say, all the DXO/lenstip/dpreview tests fail to tell you the 2 important things you need to know about a lens. A) How it draws a subject B)Bokeh performance. The Leica Noctilux would be a classic example of this approach.

This Zeiss lens really is a stunner - it looks almost identical to the 85 f1.4 but has SSM & has that bokeh/look & feel which is just outstanding.

I'm sure many people will be plumping for the Sigma 50 f1.4 art as on paper it looks like the better lens. However, there is no way it will draw in quite the same beautiful fashion this zeiss does.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 30
  • sharpness: 4.97
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.97
  • distortion: 4.80
  • flare control: 4.90
  • overall: 4.93 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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