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Sony 50mm f/1.4 Lens for Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera
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Overall score: 88%
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- Ultra-bright standard 50mm lens with f/1.4 maximum aperture for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras
- Provides superb clarity and visual accuracy even when shooting at fully open apertures indoors
- Employs in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize blur from camera
- Circular aperture for low-light shots; 1.5-foot minimum focus distance; 55mm filter diameter
- Measures 2.56 inches in diameter and 1.69 inches long; weighs 8 ounces
- Please note this product is only compatible with A mount cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||SH0011|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera|
|Included Components||Front and Rear Lens Cap, SH0011 Lens Hood|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 2.6 x 1.69 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.41 grams|
|Item Weight||0.49 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||55 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||47 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Style Name||50mm f/1.4 Lens|
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|Item Weight||7.83 ounces||7.13 ounces||0.65 lb||1.15 lbs|
|Focus Type||Screw drive from camera||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 1.69 x 2.6 in||2.44 x 2.44 x 2.44 in||3.43 x 4.09 x 4.69 in||3.19 x 2.83 x 3.19 in|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50||50 millimeters|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony/Minolta Alpha||Sony E (NEX)||Sony FE||Sony/Minolta Alpha|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||normal||Prime lens|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||55 millimeters||49 millimeters||Information not provided||72 millimeters|
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Review summary from DPReview
Like any fast prime it's not perfect (shooting through all that glass at large apertures inevitably introduces more aberrations), but it has low light capabilities unmatched by any zoom, and image quality unrivalled by all but the most expensive. It's also small, light and unobtrusive, and therefore perfect for discreet shooting. These qualities add up to give a lens worthy of all Alpha users' consideration.
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50mm F1.4 Prime Lens
The stunning clarity and contrast delivered by the 50mm F1.4 lens proves that it is one of the finest in its class. The combination of F1.4 maximum aperture and circular aperture design makes it possible to elicit silky-smooth defocusing effects to enhance dimensionality and isolate important visual elements. This is a lens that should should be part of every serious photo enthusiasts's toolkit.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.
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In need of a good "portrait" length lens for my 7D I opted for this Sony 50 f/1.4. I'd had a Maxxum 50 f/1.4 years ago but had gotten rid of it shortly after getting a zoom lens. Big mistake. In any case, because my Sigma lens mentioned above was in need of repair and I had a portrait shoot coming up, I got this lens and I must say it's been a worthwhile investment.
Wide open the lens is tack sharp at point-of-focus. Stopped down between f/2.8 and f/4, doing head and shoulder shots of an average-sized adult the lens provides fantastic portraits ... nice contrast, beautiful color and of course very sharp with beautifully de-focused backgrounds.
I shoot a lot of film with Medium format Mamiyas (RZ67 and 7II) and have very high expectations for image quality. With the purchase of this 50 f/1.4 I realized I've been compromising image quality on my 35mm cameras (film and digital) by using "off brand" lenses like Tokina and Sigma. Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that Tokina and Sigma make flat-out junk. Just that I didn't realize that the image quality could be better in my 35mm cameras.
Up to now I'd thought that the sensor in the K/M 7D was just mediocre. And, I'm sure that some would say it still is. But, I'm here to tell you that this 50 f/1.4 proved to me that the problems I've thought were all in the body were in actuality all in the lenses.
I'm in the process of replacing all my off-brand "Pro" lenses with Sony/Minolta and Sony/Zeiss lenses. Today (14Nov07) I purchased a Sony 16mm f/2.8 lens (SAL-16F28) to replace my 17mm Tokina lens. The Tokina lens just doesn't cut it when it comes to image sharpness and resolution. I'm hoping this 16mm will perform on-par with my 50 f/1.4. If it does then the next step is a Sony/Zeiss 85 f/1.4 and eventually a Sony/Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 (to replace my Tokina 80-200 f/2.8 ATX PRO).
I know some people aren't as critical as I may be about image sharpness, resolution and contrast. And for those people I say ... to each his own. But, my experience and expectations are very high and I feel there is no reason to compromise. Spend the extra money and buy the best glass you can ... because it does make a difference.
The sharpness is way better than I had ever gotten with my kit lenses, and the speed of the lens makes sure that I get no blurs, or noisy dark pictures.
Although the Sony A100 offers and anti-shake system, a large aperture lens has a few distinct advantages. First, sports photos require fast shutter speeds to stop action. While the AS system might allow you to hold a camera steady, such slow shutter speeds will blur sports action photos (or the 3 year old running around the house).
The larger aperture, more than 4x more light than any zoom for the Alpha, also gets more light to the focusing system. This allows both faster and more accurate focusing.
Another advantage is an increased flash range. Each aperture larger increases your maximum flash range 40%.
For many, another improvement will be the shallow depth of field (putting more background out of focus). Used wisely, this can really make some photos "pop".
The slight drawback is that this is a great 35mm focal length, but a rather odd on on the Alpha. It's a bit long for a "normal" lens, and a bit short for a portrait lens.