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

BH #SO5014FE • MFR #SEL50F14Z
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

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

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

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.29 x 4.25" / 83.5 x 108 mm
Weight27.5 oz / 780 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 4.9 x 4.7"
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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.
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Asked by: Emmanuel
All Sony "GM", "G", and "Sony-Zeiss" lenses produce higher-quality images with less distortion, chromatic aberration, and vignetting then the standard "consumer-grade" lenses available for Sony E-mount and A-mount cameras. The "GM" line of lenses are are considered Professional-Quality lenses. Sony "G" and "Sony-Zeiss" lenses are also higher-end lenses. However, they may not have the image quality, and durability as the "GM" series of lenses. I believe the Sony-Zeiss line of lenses were the company's early professional grade lenses for the Sony E-mount and A-mount systems before the "GM" and "G" series lenses were on the market. All of these lenses are high-quality Sony lenses.
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On the lens body, just above the Sony trademark stamp and beneath the aperture ring, there is a small button or something. Can somebody tell me what it is for?
Asked by: Ramin
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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

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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: 2019-11-20
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