Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by Reinhold_1

reviewer#12214 date: Mar-28-2015
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
Sony E 35 F1.8
price paid:1.299,00 €
positive:Sharp, razor-sharp from f5.6, fast and quiet AF SSM thanks, very solid construction, useful focus hold button, weather sealing and nice colours.
negative:The plastic lens hood is in no way the other valence of the lens. For the price you could expect a lens pouch, too bad Sony!
comment:It is a privilege to take pictures with this lens. Depending on the camera (A99 or A77II) this dream lens has very different characters. A photo trip only with this one lens for me is always a special experience. After I sold my A99 I will use the lens (with the Sony LA-EA3 adapter) on the Sony A7RII. I look forward to the results and will report back.

Overall: Highly recommended!

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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