Sony Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Planar T* A-mount lens review by Roby72

reviewer#15248 date: May-18-2015
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 16-50 SSM
Sony 50 F1.8 SAM
Minolta 50 F1.4
Minolta 50 F1.7
price paid:1200 EUR (new)
comment:SHARPNESS is simply outstanding. On my a99 it doesn't need any micro-adjustment because it's simply spot-on!
Center is amazing, also at F1.4. Borders are nice and they quickly improve as you close the aperture.
COLOR is classic Sony-Zeiss. I love them because they are pretty natural without any particular cast.
BUILD is absolutely professional. It's a joy to play with this piece of aluminum and glass. Focus ring is so precise and fluid in its movements that you'll love to manual focus. I find very useful the configurable button on the body. I only think the cheap, plasticy, round hood is an insult for such a lens!
DISTORSION....what? It's a 50mm....what distorsion are we talking about?
FLARES are well controlled in normal conditions. With the horrible hood attached it's very very difficult to obtain lack of contrast or flares etc....

To be honest this is my best lens. I felt in love with it after 5 minute and after the second shot!!! With a77 it is a great portrait lens, on my a99 it's a fabulous normal...if we can call "normal" such a wonderful 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 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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