Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by mob81

reviewer#11840 date: May-21-2014
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:Other System 50mm F1.4
price paid:
Build Quality
Zeiss Rendering
comment:I bought it from the US and it has focus shift (Noticeable) and returned after I developed my two Slide films (was 3 months after receiving the lens!)

once came back from Sony US Repair, it's Spot on. Very sharp but not contrasty wide open (Good contrast but not excessive). focuses fast and sure too, which I like the most. It's rendering is typical Planar with a little bite to it, very similar to the 85mm F1.4 Planar ZA.

Size for 50mm is on the big side of the scale :). But this is very good lens and to me one of the most useful on the Alpha lineup.

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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