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

reviewer#11834 date: May-20-2014
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:Minolta 50mm F1.4
Sony Zeiss 85mm F1.4
price paid:1100 Euros
positive:Sharp even wide open, stopping down to F1.7 improves image quality only slightly (opposed to the Zeiss 85mm which is only "good" wide open)

Fast and quiet AF

Gives photos the beautiful Zeiss look (sharp, contrasty, great colours)
negative:I can't think of anything besides the plastic lens hood, but i don't use lens hoods anyway
comment:I have reached 50mm lens nirvana with this lens!

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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