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

reviewer#12186 date: Mar-16-2015
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:Sony 50mm f1.4, Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Zeiss
price paid:999 Euro new
positive:very sharp, nice colors and contrast, weather sealed, hybrid AF is suppported.
negative:high price, ca wide open
comment:This lens is brilliant, like the other Zeiss primes. If you need the focal length, the high price is justified. I will keep it.

Edit 5/17/2017: I returned to A-Mount after the introduction of the A99II. I got a new copy of this lens for less than i paid for a used one three years ago. The hybrid-AF is very precise, i can focus accurately wide open. I put Eye-AF on the Focus-Hold button, a very nice setup.

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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