Andy Westlake tries out Sony's latest premium fast prime designed for Alpha 7 users, the Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA

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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA

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

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£1,499.00
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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review – Verdict

product-shot-1It’s always a little difficult to critically assess a lens this good. Like Sony’s recent FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, its optical characteristics are so close to perfect that all we can sensibly do is admire the pictures it creates. If you’re prone to nitpicking high-resolution image files at 100% view on-screen, then maybe you’ll find something to complain about, but it seems to me that this kind of assessment has become rather divorced from any sensible process of image making.

However, it’s impossible to ignore the associated costs of this optical excellence: not just in terms of money, but also size and weight. This is especially true in the context of building up a system: put together, Sony’s 35mm, 50mm and 85mm f/1.4 primes weigh over 2.2kg and cost £4,200. So, while this FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA is undeniably superb, sadly only the most committed of photographers will 
ever get to enjoy it.

TESTBENCH GOLD 5

  1. 1. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Introduction
  2. 2. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Features
  3. 3. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Focusing
  5. 5. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Image quality
  6. 6. Sharpness, shading and curvilinear distortion
  7. 7. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Verdict
  8. 8. Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA review - Full specification
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