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Sony50mm f/1.4 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
 
4.7

(based on 72 reviews)

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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

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          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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            5.0

            It's Nifty Alright!

            By Just Joy

            from San Angelo, 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
              • 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

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              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

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                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

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                  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

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                          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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