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Sony SAL-50F14Z Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA Fixed Lens


Sony SAL-50F14Z Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA Fixed Lens


Sony introduces the long-awaited, Carl Zeiss full-frame, large-aperture, single-focal-length lens with an all new optical design that sets new standards in resolving power and contrast.

  • A new optical design for top-end image quality
  • Quiet and smooth AF operation thanks to SSM Dust and drip resistant design High-grade metal body Superior Large-Aperture Performance
  • Dust and drip resistant design
  • High-grade metal body
  • Superior Large-Aperture Performance

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What customers say about Sony SAL-50F14Z Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA Fixed Lens?

  1. 20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love this lens!, August 2, 2013
    By 
    Timtim

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    This review is from: Sony SAL-50F14Z Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA Fixed Lens (Electronics)
    Love this lens!

    * Is it better than the good old Sony/Minolta 50/1.4? Yes!
    - The new CZ lens is just sharp at any F number, while I find the old Sony/Minolta 50/1.4 sharp at f/2 and smaller. The old Sony/Minolta 50/1.4 is not very sharp wide open. Some wouldn’t care because they don’t use f/1.4, but then why would you buy the f/1.4 lens (especially when you can get cheaper Minolta 50/1.7 for FF or 50/1.8 for cropped body)?
    - Overall the image is much more appealing with the new CZ – better bokeh, better colors. The images have the ‘CZ look’ that I like with the 85/1.4 and 135/1.8 (it actually looks more like the 135/1.8 than the 85/1.4). I had a session with many photos of the same subject with different lenses, and looking at the photos later on the computer I could immediately tell when I switched to the CZ 50/1.4 even without looking at the EXIF.
    - The AF of the new CZ is amazingly fast, even at low light.
    - It is weather sealed, so can be used in snow/light rain.

    * Why would someone prefer the old version?
    - The old version is much smaller, giving a very compact setup.
    - The old version is at least 3 time cheaper (and if you buy used Minolta 50/1.4, you can even find it at 5-6 times cheaper), while still good performer.

    * Is it worth the money?
    That is a personal call. If you are low in money, I think you can do well with the old version (or the Sigma 50/1.4) and save the money for other things. For me, as someone who uses f/1.4 often and lives in a place with rain and snow, I am happy I got it and I am going to keep it.

    EDIT 1: October, 11 2013:
    Still love the lens… :)
    I have tons of indoors available light photos of my baby, some real studio portrait and many outdoors street photos (and also some landscapes…). The lens preforms well in all of them.
    I especially like the indoors available light photos, when I use the main advantage of the lens – very sharp wide open and nice isolation of the subject from the background. The lens definitely has the pop-up effects that makes the subjects pop up and give almost 3D look to the picture.

    ** I will update this review as I get more and more experience with that lens. I will try to challenge it and see the performance under extreme conditions.

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Another Outstanding Carl Zeiss Prime Lens, August 18, 2013
    This review is from: Sony SAL-50F14Z Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA Fixed Lens (Electronics)
    This 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss lens is of the same outstanding quality as its siblings, the Sony SAL-24F20Z 24mm f/2.0 A-mount Wide Angle Lens, Sony SAL-85F14Z 85mm f1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T Coated Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera and Sony SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T Telephoto Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera. As Timtim has observed in his review, the Zeiss lens is larger than the Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera or the older Minolta 50mm f1.4 lens. However, those two 50mm lenses are tiny relative to the size of a Sony camera body. The size of the Zeiss lens is a better match to the Sony camera body and is neither large nor heavy.

    I have compared the Zeiss lens to the old style (non-restyled) Minolta 50mm f/1.4 lens. In contrast to the Minolta lens, this lens is much sharper at wide aperture, including f/1.4, particularly at the edges of the field of view. I recommend reading Mark Goldstein’s review of this Zeiss lens at photographyblog that demonstrates the sharpness from f/1.4 to f/22. To my eye, Mark Goldstein’s photos reveal this Zeiss lens to be marginally less sharp at f/1.4 than at f/2, and marginally less sharp at f/22 than at f/16, but acceptably sharp throughout the range of apertures.

    I have spent a day shooting photos with this Zeiss lens on the California coast. I took along my Sony SAL-24F20Z 24mm f/2.0 A-mount Wide Angle Lens as well but did not use it because that wide-angle lens tends to broaden subjects at the edge of the frame, whereas this Zeiss 50mm lens does not broaden them. Overall, I highly recommend this lens if you can afford it. In comparison, the Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera will likely disappoint you.

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