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

Excelling in low light, the Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA lens is a normal-length prime characterized by its versatile focal length and impressively fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. Optically, it uses a Planar concept for high resolution and accurate rendering, and a series of specialized elements helps to reduce distortion and color fringing for well-corrected imagery. As a ZEISS-designed lens, it features the T* anti-reflective coating, too, and it sports a high-count 11-blade diaphragm for rounded, pleasing bokeh. In addition, a manual aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching, and the lens is weather sealed for protection against dust and moisture.

Applications: Fast, normal-length prime excels in low-light conditions and as a wider portrait-length lens for isolating subject matter using shallow depth of field. It’s also an excellent choice for landscape and documentary work due to its Planar optical design, which yields high accuracy and sharpness.

Perks

Planar optical concept for high sharpness
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture
ZEISS optical design and T* coating
Weather sealed

Drawbacks

Relatively large and heavy for a 50mm lens

Specs

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Range f/1.4 to f/16
Optical Layout 12 elements, 9 groups (1 advanced aspherical element, 1 aspherical element, 1 ED element)
Coating ZEISS T*
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.5' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.15x
Diaphragm Blades 11
Image Stabilization No
Filter Size 72mm
Dimensions 3.3 x 4.25" / 83.5 x 108mm
Weight 1.7 lb / 780 g

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