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Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens

You Pay: $448.00
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • For Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm

The 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens is an ultra-bright f/1.4 aperture standard 50mm lens for fast, accurate shooting with available light. This lens provides superb clarity and visual accuracy when working in low-light conditions indoors or outdoors.

Mounted on cropped APS-C sized cameras, this lens provides a higher 75mm focal length (35mm equivalent), and takes advantage of the in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize blur from shaky hands.

Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
With a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and minimum of f/22, this lens' high speed means you can capture images in darker conditions using faster shutter speeds and lower ISO sensitivity.
For Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series
Optimized for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum DSLR cameras, this lens becomes the 35mm equivalent of a 75mm lens when attached to smaller cropped APS-C cameras.
7x Circular Aperture Blades
Circular aperture blades produce smooth, rounded bokeh background effects when capturing spot-light sources in your pictures. Because the aperture blades form a near circle at the wide openings used for low-light shots, spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.
Filter Diameter: 55mm
The 55mm from filter thread does not rotate, allowing rotating polarizing filters to be used.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:55 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 1.69 x 2.58" (4.29 x 6.55 cm)
Weight 7.76 oz (220 g)
Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH0011 Lens Hood for 50mm f/1.4 Lens
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (71)
    • Lightweight (58)
    • Easily interchangeable (38)
    • Consistent output (34)
    • Durable (25)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (32)
      • Night photography (32)
      • General purpose (19)
      • Weddings (17)
      • Portraits (16)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (22), Enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (7), Semi-professional (6), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (29)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sharp, Fast, Great Color

      There is no comparison between this lens and the zooms I've used with my Sony A-100. The images produced from the 50mm are tack-sharp and the colors are rendered beautifully. It is a...Read complete review

      There is no comparison between this lens and the zooms I've used with my Sony A-100. The images produced from the 50mm are tack-sharp and the colors are rendered beautifully. It is a little long on an APS-C for general walk around use (75mm) but still useful in a variety of situations. It is especially good for portraits. It also really shines in low-light situations where you cannot use a flash.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not Sony's best lens

      The 50 1.4 lens is legendary in photography, and any company wanting to make its name in the industry should have a top notch one in there line up.

      Though I do...Read complete review

      The 50 1.4 lens is legendary in photography, and any company wanting to make its name in the industry should have a top notch one in there line up.

      Though I do favor Nikon, I do have other makes and I have a 50 prime for them all. After trying this lens out, I was left very disappointed.

      I really like the look and field markers on this lens, but when compared to other makers this lens is very soft. Its better at F/4, but this completely destroys the idea of a fast prime. Also the manual focus is stiff and does not turn smoothly when compared to Nikon or Canon. Sony really needs to do better. They have made some very nice lenses, but this is not one of them.
      Sony owners looking for a fast 50 should check out Sigma's 50 1.4. While not up to Canon or Nikon in focus speeds or silence it does do a better job than this Sony lens and produces images that are fantastic. It hands down beats this lens in performance

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      5.0

      Great Lens!

      By Sheila

      from Landrum, Sc

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

        I use this lens 97% of the time for portraits and I LOVE it! Very fast lens and good in low light, also very light!

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        5.0

        If you want great pics, spend the money!

        By WJF

        from Oak Park, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          Amazing pictures with the lens, I just started learning photography and the pictures I been taken for people, like I said amazing....

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          5.0

          Great lens!

          By LPFilms

          from Cincinnati, OH

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

            Great lens for the price! Excellent for low light situations.

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            5.0

            Superb lens

            By Fourleaf

            from Sparta NJ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Tough To Attach

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

            Works like a champ on my A99, water resist for sure, fast and accurate.

            This lens is always on my camera, and it allows use of the 114 auto focus points.

            The quality is pro, solid as a rock.

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            5.0

            Fantastic Lens

            By Jouletony

            from Kenai, Alaska

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light

              Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

              Read many reviews on this lens glad i did, this is a fantastic lens for the price. I'm a novice, so for now i need to depend on other peoples reviews, and i beleive it averaged close to five stars. I've used this lens mostly inside and in automatic and all my pics have come out outstanding.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              It's Nifty Alright!

              By Just Joy

              from San Angelo, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                I've been wanting one of these 50mm lenses for years. Finally decided it was now or never. Man, I'm happy I made the plunge. This lens is awesome for taking pictures indoors with low light. My dog is solid black and I've never been able to get a good picture of him. He always looks like a black blob. Not with this lens! You can see every little detail right down to his shiny black coat and this is in a semi-dark living room with NO flash! If your wanting good bokeh, this is the lens to get. Beautiful blurred backgrounds!

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                5.0

                I'd buy this product again 4 sure

                By drunkfinger

                from Sao paulo, SP - Brazil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                  Really Fast F/1.4!!!!
                  Great autofocus!
                  In love with it

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                  4.0

                  Sony Nifty Fifty

                  By Ahvaio

                  from Glendale CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    Great lens, same as any 50mm, however this lens is focused with the camera body motor and does not have SSM. It is a bit noisy and slow. Great lens for Low light and portraits.

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                    4.0

                    Great value lens. Nice bokeh

                    By Pak Foong

                    from Moscow, Russia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    The copy of lens I received has severe backfocus issue. -20 micro AF adjustmen on my NEX-5N. Other than that, this is a great value lens, which provide super sharp centre at f2.0 and corners come as close to the centre sharpness at f4.0. It provides a silky smooth bokeh at f1.4 to f2.0. I am going to try this lens for few days more, do some test with the backfocus issue and if the issue really cant be tolerated I am gonna return this copy of lens to BHPHOTO ask for a replacement.

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                    5.0

                    great buy for sure

                    By Trudy

                    from yellowknife, nt....canada

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                      using it on my a850...what an amazing lens - did a photoshoot and the pictures are amazing - very impressed for sure...would buy it again for sure...thanks so much

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                      5.0

                      Best in Show

                      By Flash Freak

                      from Vidalia, Georgia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                          Use this lens on the Alpha 900, for most normal shooting situations. As a professional product and industrial training support photographer this lens answers the call, with fantastic results. Fast as well as sharp - great edge to edge results.

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                          5.0

                          This Lens is a Keeper!

                          By R. Boyle

                          from Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            Great lens for portrait use! I will probably keep this lens on most of the time! Also great for candids! Very happy with this product!

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                            5.0

                            Very nice lens

                            By Karas

                            from Basking Ridge, NJ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                Great lense for enthusiast

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                                5.0

                                Well Worth The Extra 150

                                By GMussio

                                from Houston, Tx

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                  This lens is incredibly sharp, even stopped down to 1.4. At 1.4, the lens has a nice dreamy look to it similar to what you would find in legacy glass. Definitely a nice lens.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice Product for the money

                                  By orangefossil

                                  from Ohio

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                  The product works very well, there are some issues with autofocusing on similarly contrasted object but most of the time it works well. I love the 1.4 which gives great DOF work. The product seems cheaply made but i have no problems with it and love shooting with it.

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                                  5.0

                                  NICE!

                                  By Jakub

                                  from Clarks Summit, PA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rugged
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Shallow depth of field
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                    Light weight metal construction. Smooth, very fast focusing. For twice the weight and $100 more I could have got a Sigma (my Canon friend did). Then pay 2x for 77mm filters instead of 55mm for the SONY. The glass is super sharp corner to corner, no zoom lens can touch it.
                                    I bought it for sharpness and shallow DOF. Great portrait lens with the APS CCD. I also wanted to get the feel of how was it in the 50 and 60-ies to be a 35 mm photographer. It's an interesting experience to leave all your zooms at home.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good classic lens

                                    By aer

                                    from Moscow, Russia

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                      I use this lens with full frame body (A850) for portraits and landscapes. It gives quite smooth and pleasant bokeh. In some rare harsh conditions bokeh may be some nervous due to pronounced coma, but I can live with it.

                                      Center is sharp straight from f/1.4. Borders reasonably sharp from f/2.0 and tack sharp from f/2.8. Contrast is reduced at f/1.4, but this is ok for portraits. Autofocus is very quick and precise. So, I use this lens for portraits at f/1.4-2.8 and for landscapes at f/2.8-11, and results are excellent! I never use flash, because f/1.4 combined with high iso and SSS allow shooting in VERY dark conditions; believe it or not, but I managed to shoot stars handheld at iso3200 f/1.4 0.4s.

                                      Considering low price and weight - a must have lens!

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                                      5.0

                                      A Must Have Lens

                                      By barth36

                                      from Lake Charles, LA

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Nice Bokeh
                                      • Rugged

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                        This is one of my favorite lens to use. Super sharp. Absolutely beautiful. Incredible low light performance. And the price is very affordable! Highly recommended!

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                                        4.0

                                        Great Bang for your Buck!

                                        By tbone

                                        from kitchener, ontario CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Build Quality

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                        What a great portrait shot lense. Takes accurate and impressive shots. The build quality isn't of the highest however the size and weight makes up for it.

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                                        5.0

                                        wonderful lens

                                        By Dirty-D

                                        from Seguin, TX

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easily Interchangeable
                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Great in Low Light
                                        • Nice Bokeh

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Photography
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sony 50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                          great portrait lens. My house is very dark and I wanted a lens I could shoot photo's of my newborn baby without flash or absurdly long exposures. After going back and forth and reading every review on the web of this lens and the Sigma. I chose the Sony, because the sigmas QC seemed hit and miss. Price was not an issue but the extra 150 dollars in savings bought me some other nice accessories. I'm very happy, even though it doesn't fill every need I haven't taken it off my a33 since I got it. It is incredibly sharp!

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