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

(based on 73 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

No 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

Amazing lens

By Oswego

from Spokane

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

I didn't realize how much I would like a 50 mm lens until I bought one. I don't use it at its 1.4 aperture but everything else gives me a nice sharp picture. I use it on an A7 with the Sony adapter and it's great.

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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 of 5 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

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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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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                        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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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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

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                                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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