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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Full-Frame Lens (2016)

MSRP 1500 USDNeo score 88%Ext score 79%

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Product Overview

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is a large-aperture normal prime lens for Sony E-mount. It covers the full-frame image circle. Introduced by Sony in 2016, it has 12 elements in 9 groups.
For incremental weathers, Sony is kind enough to include weather sealing. On the lens barrel, one can find a physical aperture ring. Those who wish to focus manually can have the best of both worlds (with the usual caveats).
A normal prime lens, the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA has the potential to be one of the most used and ultimately versatile option in a photographer's bag. Usually the easiest to design and to QC, it is a great option for landscape and street photography. Its bright maximum aperture also helps night and portrait works.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 88% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptional sharpness
  • Bright maximum aperture
  • Weather-sealed
  • Declickable aperture ring
Cons
  • A bit heavy

What external reviewers found***

Ext 79% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Very good autofocus
  • Sharp image at f/1.4 and f/2.4
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Very sharp in the center
Cons
  • Slow focus response
  • Larger and heavier than the Zeiss lens
  • No fluorine coating
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Colors
Black
Form Factor
Normal Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Motor
Ring-type ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
12 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
2 aspherical + 1 ED element + Zeiss T* coating groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
72 mm / 2.83 in
Size | Diameter
84 mm / 3.31 in
Size | Length
108 mm / 4.25 in
Weight
778 g / 27.49 oz

Function

Angle Of View
46.8° Diagonal | 39.6° Horizontal | 27.0° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.4 ~ f/16
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
50 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Max Magnification
0.15x
Min Focus Distance
450 mm / 17.72 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ALC-SH143 (supplied)
Debut
2016-07-11
Model Name
SEL50F14Z

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External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA is a very respectable large aperture standard prime lens for Sony's mirrorless bodies. It’s very sharp in the center and produces one of the best full-frame corners I've seen. Its resistance against flare and glare in adverse contra-light situations is commendable. Bokeh is good albeit not best in class and it can be a slow to focus. If you want a standard lens (45 to 58mm focal length) with an f 1.4 focal ratio and autofocus for Sony E-mount cameras there are only two alternatives.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very sharp in the center
  • Very good autofocus
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • Slow focus response
  • No fluorine coating

digitalpicture[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
The Sony lens is noticeably sharper in the center of the frame. The Zeiss lens is built like a tank with a buttery-smooth focus ring. The Sigma lens costs about 2/3 as much as the Sony lens. For those comparing across camera systems, the Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM is a great option.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp image at f/1.4 and f/2.4
  • Excellent build quality
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Larger and heavier than the Zeiss lens

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA review. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/sony-fe-50mm-f1-4-za-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
2. ^ Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sony-FE-50mm-f-1.4-ZA-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.

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