ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Lens for Sony E

ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Lens for Sony E

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Planar Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Manual Aperture Ring Can Be De-Clicked
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
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ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Overview

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Offering a normal field of view with an impressively compact design, the ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 is a flexible prime for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, well-suited for a range of subjects from portraits to landscapes. Utilizing a classic symmetrical Planar optical design, this lens is capable of achieving well-corrected, sharp imagery with controlled aberrations and distortions. An enhanced ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to significantly reduce ghosting and flaring for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in difficult lighting conditions.

Loxia-series lenses are distinguished by their manual focus operation along with a manual aperture ring that can be de-clicked for silent operation; making them especially suitable for filmmaking applications. Loxia lenses are also characterized by their compact form factor and all-metal lens barrel, which incorporates engraved focusing and depth of field scales, for fine-tuned control. Additionally, the lens body sports a dust- and moisture-sealed design to permit its use in trying environments.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 75mm equivalent focal length
Bright f/2 aperture helps to achieve a more compact, portable form factor while also remaining versatile for use in a variety of lighting conditions.
Planar optical design affords high sharpness and consistent performance throughout the focusing range to suit photographing at a wide range of imaging scales.
ZEISS T* anti-reflective coating has been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections and provide greater contrast and color fidelity.
Manual focus design is benefitted by focusing and depth of field scales along with a 180° focus ring rotational angle and hard stops at both infinity and minimum focusing positions.
Manual aperture ring has clicked indicators throughout aperture range. Using the included De-Click Tool, this ring can be mechanically 'de-clicked' for smooth, silent rotation throughout the aperture range; making it ideal for video applications.
Weather-resistant construction includes internal seals to guard against dust and moisture as well as a blue sealing ring at the lens mount to protect the lens-camera interface.
The lens mount is fitted with an electronic interface that conveys all lens Exif data to the camera and can also be configured to automatically activate the camera's focusing magnification function when turning the focus ring.
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ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Lens for Sony E
  • 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses
  • Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses
  • Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens
  • De-Click Key
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 3 Years with Online Registration
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    ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2
    Minimum Aperture f/22
    Lens Mount Sony E
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 47
    Maximum Magnification 0.145x
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
    Optical Design 6 Elements in 4 Groups
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 52 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 2.44 x 2.32" / 62 x 59 mm
    Weight 11.3 oz / 320 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.64 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.95 x 5.5 x 4.65"

    ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Reviews

    Loxia 50mm f/2 Lens for Sony E is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Manual Focus Experience for Sony Alpha One of the reasons I decided to switch from my Canon camera system to Sony Alpha (A7II to be exact) was because of this Loxia 50mm lens. It is a terrific lens for anyone looking for a very sharp 50mm. The bokeh is beautiful and the manual focus ring is buttery smooth. The aperture dial provides a very nice click feel and noise. My only gripe is that it is somewhat difficult to secure the lens to the camera considering there isn't much to hold on to when swapping lenses. Other than that, this Loxia 50mm f/2 is an amazing experience to shoot with, and the image quality is superb. Highly recommend for anyone who doesn't care about autofocus!
    Date published: 2015-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Is it worth it? In a word, yes. The quality of the Loxia line of lenses by Zeiss doesn't disappoint. I think we are all looking to achieve those pin sharp, color accurate images. I think these lenses check every box for the investment. The build quality is excellent. Sturdy, compact, smooth focusing. The image quality is....well...it's a Zeiss. The difference between the kit lens (which is excellent) that came with my Sony PXW-FS5 and the Loxia is noticeable. The de-click feature is a thoughtful addition for all film makers. These lenses may seem expensive to some but I really think they are a value for the investment. Lenses built to last a lifetime.
    Date published: 2016-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far. Great lens in a nice small package. Feels very well built and solid. Easy to focus - my first manual focus lens. IQ great so far, but have not had a ton of time to play with it. Real 3 D effect wide open and VERY sharp stopped down a bit. Fits the a7II perfectly. I am not a pro so don't describe it well, but the images feel rich and warm with this lens, especially in lower light. I shoot in Raw but much less post processing needed such as added sharpness or noise reduction. In fact using those with this lens takes away from the original image more often than not. This will be my daily walk around lens. Worth the money if you can cough it up!
    Date published: 2015-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Loxia 50 I have been a semi professional photographer for 50 years. I have always used a 35mm lens more than any other focal length - until now. Now that I have the 50mm Loxia on my A7 camera - it basically stays on it. I have the 35 Loxia also and it is a fantastic lens with Superb optics - however, since I received the 50mm Loxia I tend to use that more. Really sharp, fantastic Bokeh perfect color transmission and something no other lens that I have ever had has - (except my old ZE 50 1.4 Zeiss Planar) - a very special Painterly effect - the photos somehow look like paintings - that is all I can say. With the newer A7 series Sony cameras, manual focus is easy - even for my 70 year old eyes! Get it you will not be diasappointed.
    Date published: 2015-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great leans and a joy to use! The build quality is simply outstanding! And it really is made for use on my Sony a7S. It's a perfect match for the a7 series - having just the right balance and weight and very manageable size. The metal and glass construction is really something to behold and the image quality - well - it's quite exceptional throughout the range. Shooting at f2 has posed no problems and the bokeh is quite nice. It's pricey, but you clearly get your money's worth from it. Shooting video with it requires somewhat of a turning curve. The de-clicked aperture is terrific. The lack of stabilization is a challenge. But with practice, and minor rigging, this becomes less of a problem. The manual focus has turned out to be a huge plus for video - and I wasn't sure that would be the case. In all respects - this lens has upped my game.
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great glass; beware of faulty copies with mechanical issues Unfortunately, I had to send mine back when in the first hour of operation I noticed some play in the aperture and focus bezels when I inadvertently tapped them with my knuckle while making exposure adjustments on my Sony A7Rii. Although I did not observe any impact of this play in the lens barrel on the test shots, I found this odd and did a quick online search where I discovered that many others have also had this problem with the Loxia 50mm but not the other Loxia's. Like most of the others, I found this unacceptable in a Zeiss lens -- or any lens, for that matter - and was compelled to return it.
    Date published: 2017-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does everything I wanted! Plus!! Background - I am a Leica M shooter since the M3 (1958). I was looking for a manual lens that came close to the Leica glass I am used to - and I think I found it! I like to control my image and this lens lets me do all that I want, plus very sharp images and good color. I will look very seriously at other Loxia lenses (specifically the 135 if/when it comes out). Only had the lens for a couple of weeks but so far it is performing exactly at I expected! Used on a Sony alpha 7.
    Date published: 2016-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific 50mm for A7RII I'm very, very pleased with the Loxia 50 that I got last month! Its rendering is lovely with great microcontrast and 3D, and size, weight, and feel are perfect with my A7RII. I much prefer it to the Sony 55/1.8 that it replaced. It was slightly tight to mount at first, but it became easier after a few times and is no problem now. I liked the 50 so much that I ordered the 21 a few weeks ago; it, too, is a superior lens.
    Date published: 2016-11-27
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    How is the lens on an A6000 (if anyone has ever tried it before)? I know that fitting this onto an APS-C makes it equivalent to a 75 mm but how is the image quality on an A6000. I'm considering getting one and then upgrading camera bodies later. Thanks
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Zeiss lenses are some of the highest quality glass available. This lens will give you an excellent performance on a Sony A6000.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    When will it be available? It used to say January 22.
    Asked by: Z S.
    This item is still available only as a pre-order and has not come into our inventory yet. You can choose to be notified by email when this item becomes available by clicking on the Notify When in Stock icon on the product page.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25

    have the Loxia 21. Its Killer. Can I use the 50 ...

    have the Loxia 21. Its Killer. Can I use the 50 as a macro lens?
    Asked by: Anthony
    The ZEISS Loxia 2/50 is not a macro style lens, since the minimum focus distance is set at 17.7" and the image magnification ratio of 1:6.9. However, the lens can be used with extension tubes to provide close focus capability.
    Answered by: ZEISS Camera Lenses
    Date published: 2019-01-05


    Do I have to use stop down metering?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Not sure what you're thinking about but I think the answer is no. This is a manual focus systems lens to be used like any standard system lens. It happens to be manufactured by Zeiss specifically for this Sony E mount camera body.
    Answered by: James S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Does 5 Axis Stabilization with the Will Will 5 Axis Stabilization of the Sony A7II work with this lens, or are only 2 of the 5 active?
    Asked by: Joel
    The Steady Shot feature in this camera works independently of the lens.
    Answered by: ZEISS Zeiss Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    How do I mount this on the Sony FS7 Camcorder? It just doesn't lock in, it only spins less than an inch then it stops fully, unable to spin any further. It just doesn't lock in, no matter what I do, they are both E-Mount, this shouldn't be a problem....?
    Asked by: Max M.
    The Loxia lens should mount to the Sony FS7 without issue. If you are not able to get it to mount please contact our customer service dept. to see about an exchange.
    Answered by: Dana G.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Why would I choose this over the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.8 autofocus lens?
    Asked by: Jeffrey W.
    I have used both and sold the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.8 since I prefer the Loxia. Smaller, and I prefer MF on my A7r, Prefocus for group shots I am in, zone focus for street and action shots. Auto Focus has its limitations and if you are experienced with MF lenses, they have several advantages over AF lenses. I also use a A77II and prefer AF on that with telephoto lenses. Wide angle and normal lenses like the 50mm are better for me in the MF type.
    Answered by: Roger G.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    How good is this camera with a7s? and is it 4k compatible ?
    Asked by: Mythili Adharsh B.
    I have this lens on my a7 II and it is fantastic. I just climbed one of the highest peaks in Colorado yesterday and got very sharp photos of the hikers, landscapes, and even mountain goats. It focuses fast and matches the Sony system well. It is a manual lens so shooting 4K is limited in versatility.
    Answered by: Roger E.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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    ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Q&A

    ZEISS Loxia 50mm f/2 Accessories

    Designed For Use With:

    • Sony Alpha A5000
    • Sony Alpha A5100
    • Sony Alpha A6000
    • Sony Alpha A6300
    • Sony Alpha A6400
    • Sony Alpha A6500
    • Sony Alpha A7
    • Sony Alpha A7 II
    • Sony Alpha A7 III
    • Sony Alpha A7R
    • Sony Alpha A7R II
    • Sony a7 III Mirrorless Digital Camera
    • Sony Alpha A7R III
    • Sony Alpha A7S
    • Sony Alpha A7S II
    • Sony Alpha A9
    • Sony NEX-EA50M E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-EA50UH E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-FS700R E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-VG30 E-Mount
    • Sony NEX-VG900 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS5 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS5M2 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS7 E-Mount
    • Sony PXW-FS7M2 E-Mount
    • Thom Alpha A6300
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