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

reviewer#12182 date: Mar-12-2015
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 50 F1.7
Minolta 50 F1.4
Minolta 50 F1.4 RS
Minolta 50 F3.5 Macro
Zeiss Ultron 50 F1.8
Zeiss Contax G 45 F2

price paid:900 USD
positive:Color
Bokeh
SSM
Great build
negative:Price
comment: I am unable to cover much new ground from what has already been mentioned. The Sigma Art is as good, but different. The color is good, but like several other ZA lenses I have used. Not quite as lovely to me as Minolta. I used it first on a Maxxum 9 with Ektar and Portra VC, and it was amazing. I did a wedding with it, using it for video and the results sparkled. No complaint here, just kind of pricey. I am blessed to have found a good deal on 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
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