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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit

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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit
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
In addition to adding the fast normal prime lens to your camera bag, the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with UV Filter Kit from B&H also includes a protective 72mm UV filter.
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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Overview

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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens
Fast and Sharp Normal Prime
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. The 50mm focal length excels as an all-around field of view, suitable for portraiture, landscapes, and more, and the bright design offers creative depth of field control and low-light performance.
ZEISS Optical Design
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rounded eleven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus 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.
Autofocus and Handling
  • 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.
  • AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over focus modes.
  • 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.
Chiaro Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter

The Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers of all levels who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. A scratch-resistant coating minimizes scratching of the glass and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. Its hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it is thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses. Side knurling helps assure that you’ll have a firm grip when attaching or removing your filter.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.

98% Light Transmission
Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.
Resistance Coating
The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allow you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.
Polished Optical Glass
Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.
Multi-Coating
Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.
UV Protection
The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.
Slim Design
Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.
Top and Side Knurling
In addition to top knurling, Chiaro added side knurling to better grip the filter when you're attaching and removing it, or when you're stacking filters.
Secure Attachment
It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.
Front Threads
The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593510

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

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.4
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-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"

Chiaro Pro 72mm 98-UVATS UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size72 mm Filter Thread
RotatingNo
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet72 mm
CoatingsMulti-Coating
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
KnurlingSide, Top
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.135 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.75 x 3.75 x 0.85"

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

Usually Perfect

By Julian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-13

On a a7riv this lens is incredibly sharp wide open. Chromatic aberrations are there, but rarely to the point where they detract from a photo in any non-pixel peeping scenario. Focus issues are the only thing that will occasionally hold this lens back. It is a bit slower and louder, compared to more modern FE lenses. My biggest gripe is that it will sometimes backfocus -- even when eye detect is locked onto the eye in a well lit portrait scenario I'll get results that are maybe an inch off. In a slower workflow, checking isn't too bad, but it could easily ruin a shot if you are working fast. I'm not sure many others have had this problem with the lens, so if buying through b&h it is worth the chance.

Amazing portrait lens!

By Taynara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-13

This is one of my two go-to portrait lenses. Incredibly sharp and with great focus. Recommend! Worth the price!

Excellent Lens

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-10

Very sharp images from this lens, also very well built

Excellent Lens

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-15

I spent much more time than was necessary in selecting this lens. Ultimately, the three contenders were the 55 mm 1.8 Sony lens, Sigma 50 1.4 art lens, and this one. I also looked into several manual focus lenses that had possibilities but eliminated them on the grounds that they may have hampered situations where autofocus was near essential to get the shot. Ultimately, right or wrong, I eliminated the sigma based on several reviews but mostly because it was not a native Sony lens. It is a great pick and if I were not so brand loyal would be in my kit.   Now the decision is between the crispness of a 1.4 versus a 1.8, one lens, the 1.8 being older than the 1.4, the 1.4 being allegedly louder then the 1.8 and, a good difference in price. I bought the 1.4 knowing that I could return it until February 1, 2021 without an issue. Also, I have price protection until that time. So here is my review; I love the lens. The 1.4 is terrific. I can hear the motor, because I was looking to see if I could hear the motor due to other peoples reviews - but it is fine - not an issue - no second thoughts here. The weight of the lens is also OK by me. it is not my heaviest lens by any stretch of the imagination. The construction of the lens is very good. And, the pictures I’ve taken are very sharp. I will keep this lens. It is great. I had it out all day yesterday. I am looking and hoping that there are some discounts before February 1st, 2021.

Sharp as heck!

By Amber
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-08

I love this lens. I wish it had been the first lens I purchased for my sony because I am sure it would have been the last. It rarely leaves my camera.

The mother of all Primes and my new favorite portrait lens o

By Alfredo
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-02

Super sharp as you would expect with Zeiss... de-clickable F-stop with the easy access AF/MF switch. It truly creates a 3D texture and curve I do not get on the Sony G Masters ... I know the Zeiss this is a Sony poormans gimick marketing for geeks, but in this case it really delivers. Dying to try the 85mm now .

Great Glass

By Kori
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-13

Heavy, beautiful photos, well-built.

Best combination of attributes for a FE 50mm.

By Marc
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-21

Test show this lens is able to resolve the Sony A7R-IV's 61 meg sensor ... which the Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8 is unable to do. I can confirm that. The micro-contrast and beautiful fall off to OOF areas with a creamy bokeh makes it my favorite lens in my Sony FE system. The color is typical Zeiss ... natural and accurate. Focuses pretty close also.

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