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

reviewer#20406 date: Nov-2-2015
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:CZ 135mm f/1.8
CZ 24-70mm f/2.8
CZ 16-35mm f/2.8
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
price paid:1,000 USD NEW
positive:Tack sharp, great contrast even wide open, solid build, metal focus ring, fast focusing, etc. Best 50mm I've ever used!
negative:Slight CA at wide apertures. As others have stated, plastic lens hood and filter ring..
comment:I never thought I'd pay this much for a 50mm, but it was completely worth it! This lens can be shot wide open and still be tack sharp with great contrast. I'm putting this right up there with my CZ 135mm 1.8. :)
Yes, I've noticed the CA when shooting wide open, but it isn't something that really bothers me. It can easily be dealt with in post.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania