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Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens - SAL50F14Z

Abt Model: SAL50F14Z | UPC Code: 027242865983
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Quiet And Smooth AF Operation/ Dust And Drip Resistant Design/ 72mm Filter Size/ High-Grade Metal Body/ Superior Large-Aperture Performance/ SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor)/ Two Glass-Molded Aspherical Lens Elements/ ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass/ Black Finish
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Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens, Model SAL50F14Z

The new Carl Zeiss® full-frame, large-aperture, single-focal-length SAL50F14Z lens delivers high-end image quality with renowned Carl Zeiss resolving power and contrast. It features the latest optical design with two aspherical lens elements, a high-quality metal body, quiet and smooth SSM focusing, a DMF (Direct Manual Focus) function, a focus hold button, and a dust- and drip-resistant design compatible with the flagship a99. Exceptional image quality, operability and mobility combine at an extremely high level to make this genuine Carl Zeiss model, which fully earns the Planar name, an essential lens for professionals and enthusiasts.

Features:

  • Legendary Carl Zeiss® optics
    A great camera starts with a great lens and Sony has collaborated with Carl Zeiss to create a series of high-quality interchangeable lenses for digital SLT and NEX cameras. Precision lenses by Carl Zeiss are prized by serious photographers and film-makers around the world and the company’s precision optical instruments have helped document some of the most iconic moments in human history and ensure for the best in image quality
  • A new optical design for top-end image quality
    The luxurious new optical design features 8 elements in 5 groups, with two aspherical elements for ultimate performance despite being a standard 50mm lens. The design is extremely effective at correcting various aberrations and realizes flat reproduction characteristics (minimal field curvature) befitting the renowned "Planar" name. Moreover, the combination of a rear-focus system and aspheric surfaces achieves high contrast from infinity to close distances for clear, sharp images even when the aperture is wide open
  • Circular Aperture
    With its 9-blade circular aperture, a design said to produce the most beautiful bokeh, this lens realizes beautiful defocusing unique to Sony and meets the stringent demands of advanced-class users who are serious about photographic expression
  • SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization
    The SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization system built into Sony A-mount cameras provides image stabilization without affecting image quality, an advantage that supports the high depiction performance of top-class lenses
  • Quiet and smooth AF operation thanks to SSM
    Autofocusing is smooth and quiet, courtesy of a Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM). Excellent focusing performance is complemented by features including a focus hold button, a focus ring that doesn’t rotate during AF operation, a DMF (Direct Manual Focus) function, and a rear-focus system that maintains the same lens body length during autofocusing
  • Dust and drip resistant design
    The lens offers dust and drip resistance that meet the standards of mid-range models like the a99 and a77. The main drive unit is sealed with rubber packing, etc., to realize ample dust and drip resistance as a system when mounted on a camera to withstand tough usage in harsh environments
  • High-grade metal body
    The high-grade lens body is constructed of aluminum that offers both high rigidity and an attractive finish that contributes to pride of ownership
  • Carl Zeiss® Planar Lens
    The Carl Zeiss® Planar lens first became synonymous with high-performance lenses by realizing a large aperture, flat reproduction characteristics, and the successful removal of astigmatism. Once the T* coating was introduced to dramatically reduce internal reflection from its progressive double Gauss design (with front-back symmetry), Planar became one of the most renowned lenses in the Carl Zeiss lineup, which is synonymous with high-performance standard lenses
  • Carl Zeiss® T* Coating
    Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss® -- and this superb lens features T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces
  • Superior Large-Aperture Performance
    Like other large-aperture Carl Zeiss® lens designs, this f1.4 lens is simply magnificent in its ability to capture brilliant high-resolution images in low-light conditions requiring fully open aperture
  • SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor)
    Designed for fast, smooth, silent automatic focusing, this unique technology achieves high torque at low speed with rapid start/stop response. It operates through the ability of a piezoelectric device to reshape itself quickly when voltage is applied
  • Glass-Molded Aspherical Lens Elements
    These precision lens elements correct distortion for sharper, more visually accurate images
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass
    Because light of different wavelength (or color) bends at different angles when it passes through a lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) Glass is used in Carl Zeiss® lenses to eliminate chromatic aberration by correcting certain wavelengths of light for sharp, clear images with well-defined colors

Specifications:

  • Lens Type: Normal
  • Aperture (Max.): f/1.4
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C) 75mm
  • Filter Diameter: 72 mm
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 8 elements in 5 groups
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6” (.45 m)
  • Aperture Blade: 9 blades (circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 2 elements
  • Distance Encoder: Yes
  • Magnification: x 0.14

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1 lbs 2.3 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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CompatibilitySony
TypeWide Angle
Filter Size72mm
  

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Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens
 
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5.0

Can't go wrong...

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from Yuma, AZ

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens:

While some have said this is too expensive for a 50mm I'm fairly confident this comes from those that don’t own one. Granted, I too was skeptical until I received it. I started with the usual quick pics around the home so it didn’t get a real workout until my last trip to Italy. It quickly became my lens cap favorite for 75-percent of my shooting. My ZA-135 very seldom got used due in part to its weight. This lens combined with my ZA-24 handled most everything. It’s very good in terms of focus, build, and clarity and I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed. I’ve noticed some comments about softness but I haven’t experienced that, so perhaps I got lucky or the combination of my A900 and technique is the reason. Okay, like most ZA lenses, this too has the cooler color rendition over the older Minolta counterparts, but its other attributes more than make up for it. I did add a Heliopan 72mm Digital UV/IR filter combined with a Heliopan wide rubber-duck style lens hood. This combo was absolutely perfect for my needs, especially around waterfront villages in Italy.

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4.0

You get what you paid for.

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from CT

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens:

I own this lens...and it hasn't let me down whatsoever. The build is fantastic and the images are razor sharp. I also own the 135mm 1.8 Zeiss as well. Now, in terms of contrast it comes up in spades. Its also virtually silent to focus from a mechanical perspective. Lastly, the bokeh is very pleasing as I find it smooth and distinct from other 50's that tend to share the same bland quality. Two gripes I have. Focusing distance is too long....I wish it were shorter. For portrait work this is not a problem however. For meddling around it sometimes is. Lastly, the hood is a pure insult at this price point. It should be metal. However, truth be told the optic is so far recessed in the lens you rarely need it. I've compared numerous shots to the much touted Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART. It may be sharper wide open, but I in no way find the bokeh or contrast as pleasing. It's use of more elements and a greater number of groups (more corrections) presents a trade off. You get that sharpness on the cheap at the expense of these previously mentioned qualities. Pick what you value....but to my eyes I'd gladly choose the Zeiss all day. Thats even before mentioning the build quality, better AF and weather sealing. You get what you pay for. By the way, stick this on an a7r and stop down a bit and your in medium format territory. Absolutely amazing.

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2.0

Not impressed

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from MD

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens:

I purchased this after using the 85 1.4 Zeiss for a year and a half and being absolutely in love with that lens. But I needed something that would allow me to work within slightly more confined spaces - and people seemed to love the 50 1.4, so I ordered it in March. I have not been impressed. Yes, the auto focus is super fast (and much, much quieter than the 85), but it is also really quick to move out of focus (which is frustrating). My main issue with this lens, though, is the color quality. Images are slightly off-toned and a tad greenish. The colors with the 85 are phenomenal - and the cost cast with the 50 is slight, really, but when I am selling my work, it needs to be perfect, and so far I haven't truly loved any images I've taken with the 50 (and I've probably shot 8-10k with it so far). I typically keep the 50 on one camera body and the 85 on another (and another lens on a third). When I go to edit, I find I am discarding almost every single shot I get from my 50 (and I've rotated it to various bodies - all the a99 - so it is not a camera issue). Maybe I was sent a dud lens - but how do I know? Pictures often appear a bit soft also with this lens. I wish I had purchased another lens instead - and I should have sent this lens back the day I got it! Oh and people keep griping about the bad lens hood. It really is bad - what a piece of junk. I can't believe Sony would put that on a lens at this price. I feel like a lot of things were cheaped down with this lens, and it is making me start to rethink my very strong affiliation with Sony cameras. I am very, very disappointed in this lens. I really wanted to love it (or hey, at least like it!) but I just do not enjoy using it at all.

 
5.0

Two lenses; HUGE Difference

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from Mohnton, PA

Comments about Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens:

Having had the SAL50F14 since the beginning, it to me was firmly seated in my general photography lens kit. I must confess that I am enamored of every Zeiss lens I have, and was looking forward to the release of the SAL50F14Z since it was first announced. With its arrival, I put it to work at once, and am pleased to say it is all I've come to expect and more. Yes, it is more weight than the non-Zeiss lens, but it is easily forgotten when shooting. The focus seems faster with less hunting with busy compositions. The true value comes to you when the images are presented for critical editing. Transitions between similar tones is sharp yet still pleasing, and relatively large prints display a sort of 'you are there' quality. And playing with the depth of field is quite rewarding as well. Not much more to say than a line I've used in other reviews: "You are getting what you've paid for."

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Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens

Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Camera Lens

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