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

reviews found: 31    << 1 2
reviewer#11280 date: Jul-31-2013
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 have experience with this lens
compared to:Sony 50 f/1.4 (SAL50F14)
Minolta 50 f/2.8 macro D
Minolta 28-70 f/2.8 G
price paid:Review sample
positive:Fully usable from f/1.4
Very creamy bokeh
SSM AF motor
wheather sealed
short MFD
negative:Price
comment:This lens was long awaited and i'm happy Sony finally made it available to us. It is a lot bigger, heavier and more expensive compared to the SAL50F14 - which is derived from the old Minolta 50 lenses.
The main difference compared to the older Sony 50 is the better sharpness fully open - f/1.4 to f/2.8. Also contrast is better preserved. I love the oof area's with this lens, it looks so smooth. Shooting with the sun in the frame shows there can be small flares, but overall it is very well controlled. These three properties make it a lens that opens new creative opportunities for me.
At first i hoped for an even shorter MFD, but can't complain as it is much better that the older 50 mm.
The CZ is bigger than the older Sony 50. To give you an idea: the SAL50F14 has the size like the fisheye and 20 mm lenses, while the CZ has the size like the CZ 85 f/1.4. The visible part of the front elements are approximatly 35 and 40 mm for both 50 mm lenses, so the size of the CZ will be a result of the SSM motor and the optical design. Filter size is 72 mm.
reviews found: 31    << 1 2

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 31
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.77
  • flare control: 4.87
  • overall: 4.91

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