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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • Focus Hold Button; Rear Focus
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 50mm f/1.4 overview

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Setting the standard as Sony's flagship normal lens for full-frame A-mount cameras, the Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM Lens delivers outstanding image quality along with excellent handling and performance. Using a Planar design, this lens is able to offer a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 for shallow depth of field, while two aspherical elements and Zeiss' T* coating ensure contrasty, aberration-free imagery. It also features an SSM AF system for fast, quiet focusing and has a focus hold button for more tactile control over operation. The 50mm's lens barrel is of the highest quality as well, sporting dust and moisture resistance while a nine-blade circular diaphragm helps users capture images with smooth bokeh.

Based on the Zeiss Planar optical concept, this lens uses a design with eight elements in five 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 A-mount cameras, this 50mm can also be used on APS-C camera systems where it will provide a 75mm equivalent focal length.
The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows users to create images with shallow depth of field effects and work in low-light conditions with relative ease.
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.
Two aspherical elements are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
A Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) autofocus system provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and contributes to more natural and intuitive manual focus control. The rear focusing design also helps achieve a close minimum focus distance of 1.5'.
A focus hold button and focus mode switch are present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242865983

Sony 50mm f/1.4 specs

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony A
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 47°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' / 45 cm
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.1
Optical Design 8 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.19 x 2.81" / 81 x 71.5 mm
Weight 18.27 oz / 518 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.3 x 5.3 x 5.2"

Sony 50mm f/1.4 reviews

Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 ZA SSM Lens is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 24.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement over Minolta/Sony On my A900, it performs very similarly to the ZA 85/1.4. Fully usable wide open with moderate amount of color fringing as the only weakness. Compared to Minolta/Sony 50/1.4, the newer lens is a better lens in everyway except cost and large size and heavy weight. Compared to Sigma 50/1.4, ZA 50/1.4 is a little bit sharper at 1.4, but the difference is very small. The major advantage for the ZA lens is that the AF accuracy won't change from distance subject to MFD. My Sigma 50/1.4 need a different of 10 in micro adjustment from far away subject to subject at MFD.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Probably the best normal lens ever made. I am using this lens on an a99ii, and I am hard pressed to find anything wrong with the pairing. This lens works with the expanded focus points on the camera, and by works I mean works really well no matter what. I have been using it for low light concert photography, and the object and face tracking are getting me keeper after keeper. Faces are almost always in focus, even as the musicians are flying across the stage in the dark. The bokeh is fantastic, even with harsh saturated LED stagelights. The lens does not extend at all when focusing, so nothing gets sucked in even if smoke machines are in use.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful I decided to stop using my multi focal 18-200 lens and go to fixed focal. Surveying my most used lenses on my Leica I decided to go with the 24mm Zeiss and the 50mm Zeiss for my NEX7. I have now used the 50mm at all apertures and am very pleasantly surprised at the sharpness and resolution it gives. Wide open, where I would expect the most problem it is clear and sharp with no vignetting I have seen no drop off in resolution at the periphery. I have to use an adapter, of course, and was initially concerned about this but it is light weight and presents no problem. Very good lens!
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Lens Let me start by saying that this lens is amazing. It's become my standard lens that I keep on my full frame SONY a99. I have the 85MM f/1.4 Zeiss that I use for portraits and love using that so I wanted something I could use to replace my standard 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss. I've had the lens for several weeks and had several opportunities to use it. In DC to photograph the Cherry Blossoms, at the light House in Montauk Point on Long Island and for a few head shot portraits. It performed extremly well in all those conditions. Sharpness is great, color reproduction spot on and focus is fast and accurate. The one thing that stands out to me about this lens it how quiet it is compared to the 85mm this lens is silent. I would recommend this as a staple lens to anyone with a SONY system. Great performance, great build just a bit pricey but you get what you pay for!
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Award Winner from Sony! Another Award Winner from Sony! It seems the insatiable demand for quality prime glass from Sony by dedicated E-mount owners is slowly but surely being satisfied, even as competitors roll out their new offerings at an accelerated pace. For some time there has been an unrequited desire for a normal lens for full-frame bodies that matches the performance realized in the latest G-master series lenses. Simply put, the new 50/1.4 is that lens. I was fortunate in being among the first to shoot with this lens on a recent trip to the Pico Bonito region of Honduras, on the Congrejal River. While I love my Batis lenses (25 & 85), I needed something in-between to capture just enough of the amazing background, while emphasizing the crystal IQ clarity of the primary subject(s). The 50/1.4 never failed to deliver. And the weather-resistant design never flinched, even in heavy rain! Subsequent to this trip, I ordered my own copy from B & H and have so far used it for portraiture, urban landscape and ground-floor architectural work, and have fallen in love even more with this lens' versatility, IQ and amazing falloff and Bokeh. It's clear Sony has listened to the needs of professional photographers and is filling the remaining holes in the product lineup with primes worthy of that name. I wholeheartedly recommend this lens (even at its somewhat higher price point relative to other primes), as it genuinely delivers drop-dead gorgeous images under a variety of lighting and environmental conditions. I suspect once more Sony photographers experience this lens for themselves, Sony may have trouble keeping these on retail shelves- a nice problem to have and a testimony to the payoff of designing a truly remarkable lens. Try one for yourself- you will not be disappointed! (I was not compensated in any way for this review, and paid the full retail price for this lens.)
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sony Winner I purchased the Sony/Zeiss 50 mm f/1.4 lens a few weeks ago and have taken numerous pictures under a variety of lighting conditions. In short, this is an excellent lens (for $ bucks, it better be). Images are very sharp with excellent resolution and color saturation. Focusing is by a Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) in the lens, which operates off the camera's battery via the electrical contacts between the lens and camera (unlike Minolta and some Sony lenses which use a mechanical linkage between the lenses and camera to mechanically focus the lenses with a rotating shaft). The result of this technology, as I discovered, is a lens that focuses very fast and is ultra quiet and smooth. There was no hunting, searching, or backtracking to obtain a focus lock on a subject. I have not used the lens in Continuous auto focus mode with the drive set to continuous shooting, so I can not comment on its performance when tracking and shooting continuous fast action shots.The lens is large and heavy compared to most other 50 mm prime lenses (1 lb 2 oz and a 72 mm filter diameter). It is smaller and lighter than my Minolta 28-135 mm zoom lens, so I have no problem using this as my walking around lens. The lens comes with a plastic lens hood which some have criticized as a cheap accessory for a $ lens. The hood seems sturdy enough for my purposes, and I have no complaints regarding the hood being plastic rather than metal. Some other features about the lens that I like include: all metal lens barrel, and according to Sony, improved seals in the lens to keep out dust and moisture. The lens uses a rear focus action with no movement of the front lens element or rotation of the manual focus ring in auto focus mode. My only complaint with the lens I received is a slight rear focus at about a 3 ft distance. I set the micro adjust on my Alpha 850 to -7 and this corrected the problem. This was detected at f/1.4 and stopping down to f/2 or more also eliminated the focus issue. Unless I am focusing close up at f/1.4, I could probably turn the micro adjust off for all other shots.......The photos below were taken with an Alpha 850, full frame camera. Spot focusing was used with the top of the bishop the focus target.
Date published: 2014-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Lens Amazingly sharp with open a distinctive racy color from Zeiss. Very fast auto-focus. A are present, but much smaller. The lens met my expectations. Very happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great 50mm This is a Great 50mm ! Fast AF on a99. Sharp wide open. and most of all Very usable f1.4. because of the Focus Peaking on the EVF (I use Low , and DMF). You know what is locked in the EVF before you shoot. and you see the DOF as you shoot. I love peaking and DMF but with this lens I rarely have to tweak the Focus manually after the AF. By f2.8 it is pretty much sharp across the frame. and f4 as sharp as it gets. But honestly I have not shot this lens past f2.8. and have shot more f1.4 with this lens than I could the Nikon 24mm f1.4 and Nikon 35mm f1.4 (which on events was difficult to do). For me, this lens (with EVF Peaking) is the First f1.4 lens I could actually shoot f1.4 at Night Events ! Those that know, know that is a big deal (useable f1.4 more often) ... and is what you bought a more expensive f1.4 for ... you want to use it more often @ f1.4. This is it!Solid build, Weather Sealed and looks good, very good. I even like how the front lens is deep in the lens. (though the hood is a bit wimpy for the price. not like the 135mm f1.8 ZA)p.s. I did see a small bit of front focus using the edge PDAF AF points on the a99. but it is easy to SEE and quickly adjust with Peaking and DMF. And I think the New PDAF/CDAF On sensors in 2014 should make this a non-Issue.I have many 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM shots on Instagram: @ .
Date published: 2013-08-20
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Designed for use with:

  • Sony Alpha A68
  • Sony Alpha A77 II
  • Sony Alpha A99 II
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