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

reviewer#12113 date: Jan-26-2015
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:Sony 50 1.4
price paid:£650 new
positive:Sharp wide open, would have no qualms about F1.4.
Very very sharp when stopped down
Beautiful soft bokeh
A good step up from Sony 50 1.4
negative:None bar price but you get what you pay for!
Sigma 50 1.4 art at lesser price (rrp)
comment:Managed to get it at a good price new, whilst I have no doubt the Sigma art is sharper the Zeiss is more than enough in that department with lovely bokeh and oh so fast and accurate autofocus.

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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