Sony 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* ZA Lens

Model #SAL50F14Z

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Weight 18.27 oz (518 g)
Filter thread Front: 72 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.19 x 2.81" (81 x 71.5 mm)


Groups/elements 5/8
Minimum focus distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.14x
Diaphragm blades 9
Angle of view 46.8°
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Focal length 50 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 75 mm


Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
9 August 2009

Ignore the lack of acronyms and look at its performance instead: Sony’s f/1.4 has some weaknesses but elsewhere it’s a real cracker.

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    Great real-world results

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    AF is noisy and non-IF

Dp review.32823956
18 December 2008

Having reviewed four other 50mm F1.4 lenses of similar design over the past few months, we weren't expecting any major surprises from the Sony version. And in broad terms it's not hugely different from its Canon, Nikon and Pentax equivalents; as befits a quality prime it gives excellent image...

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    Unusually good performance on APS-C even at wide apertures, Excellent image quality when stopped down on both full-frame and APS-C, Low distortion

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    Very soft across most of the frame at wide apertures on full frame, Bokeh chromatic aberration, most visible at wide apertures, Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (essentially disappears by F3.3), Corner softness on full-frame - never quite sharp even at F8, Somewhat susceptible to flare

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
18 November 2015

Rich colors, super sharp, and the bokeh had me crying tears of joy. That also was not a problem because this thing is weather sealed too! At this price point, you truly get what you pay for. CZ never disappoints!

5 July 2015

This is one of my favorite lenses, hands down. I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer, and I use this more than 50% of the time. The Zeiss opticals truly set this lens apart, and at 1.4, it is just stunning. The motor is very quiet and smooth, and the 50 1.4 focuses extremely quickly.

12 August 2013

Z letter at the end of SAL50F14 does not only add extra $1000 to the price but also significantly improves image quality. Everything - colors, sharpness and bokeh look great. Super fast and accurate AF thanks to SSM, and finally this is the first dust and water proof Sony/Zeiss lens!

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    Exceptional image clarity, beautiful bokeh, fast and quiet SSM motor, weather proof

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    No lens case, no AF-D support in 1.01 firmware

Product Highlights
  • Sony Alpha Mount for Full-Frame Sensors
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Carl Zeiss Optics and Planar Design
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical Elements
  • Super Sonic Wave Autofocus Motor
  • ED Glass and Carl Zeiss T* Lens Coating
  • Dust-Resistant Metal Lens Barrel
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Aperture
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In The Box
  • Sony 50mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* ZA Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • ALC-SH126 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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