Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One AA Element & One Aspherical Element
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Ring Drive Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • Dust- & Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

  • 1Description

With its normal perspective, fast maximum aperture, and high-end design, the Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens from Sony is easy to see as a go-to standard optic for full-frame E-mount shooters. Starting off with the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, photographers and videographers will enjoy exceptional low-light performance along with the ability to create shallow depth-of field effects. The Zeiss Planar optical design benefits users by providing an almost distortion-free image, while the incorporation of one Advanced Aspherical, one aspherical, and one extra-low dispersion element work to minimize spherical and chromatic aberrations. On top of that, the legendary Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating combats flare and ghosting for crisp, clear imagery.

Performance is top notch as well with speedy autofocus provided by a ring drive Super Sonic Wave Motor (SSM) system. An AF/MF switch is provided for quickly changing between the modes and an internal focus design maintains overall lens length during use. A physical aperture ring is present on the lens which can be de-clicked at the flip of a switch, making this a great option for video in addition to stills. An eleven-blade circular diaphragm further improves image quality by ensuring smooth bokeh at a wide range of aperture settings. Additionally, a dust and moisture-resistant construction will keep you working even in less than ideal environments.

Based on the Zeiss Planar optical concept, this lens uses a design with 12 elements in 9 groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/1.4 while helping to minimize chromatic aberrations.
A normal-length prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 50mm f/1.4 is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
One Advanced Aspherical (AA) and one aspherical element are incorporated into the optical design for effective control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other spherical aberrations.
One extra-low dispersion element is featured in the lens design to help reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
A ring drive Super Sonic wave Motor autofocus system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control. An AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded eleven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242896642
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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Specs

Lens Mount Sony E
Angle of View 47
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.15x
Optical Design 12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 11, Rounded
Dimensions ( x L) 3.29 x 4.25" / 83.5 x 108 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 4.9 x 4.7"

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Reviews

Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 53.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic 50 I guess I was one of the first ones who jumped on this lens. My experience with the lens has been wonderful. As one of the reviewers said, it reminds me of Summilux 50mm f/1.4. The image quality of the lens such as color, contrast, and bokeh is second to none. It is definitely heavy, but it never diminishes its quality. The lens feels much like Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 in handling and weight. However, the image quality is a bit better than the 35mm in my opinion. The autofocus makes noise somewhat similar to, but less than GM 85. The autofocus speed is fine. Despite the downside of the lens, it feels like Lux 50 with autofocus.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the best 50mm I have shot with When I got into the Sony mirrorless game, I quickly purchased the 55mm 1.8 which is such a nice compact and sharp lens. After using this 50mm and comparing it my 55mm imagine how much more sharper and just beautiful results I received. Yes its, $500 more than the 55mm but trust me when I say, its completely worth It and even more! If any of you guys have shot with the Zeiss Otus line of lens' you would know that those are the best in the game......but this 50mm is probably just as good at the Zeiss 55mm Otus. That is saying a lot, because the Otus 55mm 1.4 has a price tag of $4000. Bottom line: If you care to have the best/sharp lens. This 50mm will completely make you fall in love.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony FE 50MM 1.4 pairs prefectlywith the 85G Master 1.4 Ok! so I have most if not all the Sony glass for the E-Mountsystem. I bought this already having the Zeiss 55mm 1.8 which is a very good lens but it has some limitations comparingit to the Zeiss 50mm 1.4. The Zeiss 50mm is the best 50mm for the E-mount system hands down. This is a lens you'll pick up first if you like the 50mm focal length. It's a lens that will step above your expectations and allow you to create stunning images. Out of all the primes lens in the Sony nativeline-up if I had to have three lens the Sony Zeiss50mm 1.4 FE would be one of them without a doubt. Along with the 85mm G Master 1.4 FE and the last one being the Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 FE again Native primes. I hope this helps and Great Job Sony.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good glass is large, look at the otus line. This is a pro level lens, I've walked around with it on my a7rII with a hand strap and taken hundreds of photos and the weight is not an issue for me. The lens hood does make the lens look like a freaking telephoto lens and it draws a bit more attention than the 55mm zeis 1.8 which is also a great lens. But this beauty has basically no distortion, hardly and CA, and is SUPER SHARP WIDE OPEN at 1.4. I recommened turning off e-First curtain in your settings and you can see a difference in the boken rendering, you don't need to turn it off but the boken looks different wide open...more smooth with regular shutter, more hard bokeh with the electronic first curtain shutter. It's hardly a negative or really noticeable, or a negative! Love this lens!
Date published: 2016-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very....special...lens If you want that Leica look for your Sony,get this lens. I was on the fence because the 55/1.8 has been my go-to,I love that lens a lot! But this is amazing! I recently had a Leica with the 50 Summicron & this one's results are very similar! How can an image be tack sharp yet have a lovely glow about it? I dont know but this one does. Focuses fast too! Its really on a different level. If you shoot 50(I do for full length portraits etc) then this one could be the best in the world. I havent tried the 50 Summilux but I bet this Sony 50 is close. Plus its really not that heavy.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular! Really! I've used some of the best 50mm lenses on the planet: Canon f1.2, Nikon f1.4, Panasonic Leica and Olympus Pro MFT lenses, and the 50mm Milvus on a D810. I was not prepared for how good the ZA 50/1.4 (on an A7RIII) is! Sharp (but not offensively so), great contrast and color, and bokeh. This is, to put it simply, the best 50mm lens I've ever used. I am sure the 55mm f1.8 is a very good lens, but if you've got the money to spend and aren't concerned about the seize and weight, then GET THIS LENS! (Actually, it's not really that big and heavy!)
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zeiss has a winner I'm normally a Leica user, but I have an A7RII as my backup camera. I usually use an adapter to put my Leica glass on the Sony, but I wanted to give this lens a try as my sole autofocus lens for those times when I don't have the time to autofocus. I've been impressed by this lens. It is every bit as much or not more sharp than the Leica lenses on this camera. It has amazing contrast and colors. It has some real character that the very clinical high end Nikon lenses I used to own just never had. The only knock would be that autofocus is pretty slow in low light, and the af-assist lamp in the camera is blocked by this lens because of its size. I won't really knock this lens for its size. It's huge, but it delivers amazing results. It balances well with the A7 if you have the battery grip on.
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunningly sharp, effectively perfect optical quality This blows away my Canon 50mm f/1.2. It focuses faster, it's sharper, and the rendering and color are gorgeous. Pairs very well with the 35mm f/1.4. Although it's big and heavy, it's certainly more compact and half the weight of the 24-70 f/2.8 GM zoom. For portraits, low light and beautiful color rendition, I can't imagine anything that can compete with this lens. Steve Huff was right, this is the best 50mm lens ever made.
Date published: 2017-08-03
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Is the lens using focus by wire / electronic coupling of the focus ring?
Asked by: Anonymous
The lens uses electronic coupling for focus.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


The AF on my lens is way off. Manually focusing the produces very sharp image by comparison. I am using it in a Sony A7R II but the camera says micro adjust not available with this lens. Any suggestions? is it true that I can't make an AF micro adjustment to correct this issue?
Asked by: scott
This is an Auto Focus lens that should work very well with the Auto Focus System on the A7RII. If you are having issues with the auto focus please email us at so we can help guide you in the right direction for additional assistance.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-11-12


Besides the focal length and minimum aperture difference, what makes this lens better/different than the Sony 55mm?
Asked by: Anonymous
The biggest difference between the two aside from the 5mm less and the maximum aperture is the physical aperture ring. The aperture ring better fits for traditional photographers who are use to older style lenses and film makers for it's declicking and smooth aperture transition. It is also incredibly larger, and yes sharper as well, but really around the center. At 1.8, it's about the same as the 55 1.8 ZA. But for those who want a nice priced 50, I would suggest going to the 55mm 1.8 ZA. If you like the aperture ring on lens or a film maker and of course want a 1/3 stop faster lens for either low light or bigger Bokeh, get the 50 1.4 ZA.
Answered by: Nicholas I.
Date published: 2018-12-19


Is this lens made in Japan? Or Thailand?
Asked by: Daye Z.
The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens is manufactured in Thailand.
Answered by: Lawrence C.
Date published: 2018-08-27


For manual focus, does this lens change focus depending on the speed/acceleration in which the focus is pulled? Or is it constant regardless of the acceleration?
Asked by: Anonymous
The focus is constant.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

How much does this lens weigh?

How much does this lens weigh?
Asked by: Arthur
700 grams, a heavy, metal and a solid lens. Check youtube for user reviews. Bokeh is awesome.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-05-24


How does this lens do with street photography? Especially quick informal portraits?
Asked by: Barbara
Hi Barbara, this lens is great for street photography. It can capture quick informal portraits with ease. -Anthony
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-26


Why this lens dont work in AF c on my A7SII
Asked by: Miguel S.
His question was why doesnt it work in ( autofocus continuous ) on a7s
Answered by: junior l.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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