Sony 50mm f/1.4

Last updated (03 March’13):
– Review by Alphamountworld

Sony 50mm f/1.4 features 50mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f1.4. The lens construction has 7 elements in 6 groups with 7 aperture blades and has diagonal angle of view at 32 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 18 inches (45cm) and has a filter size of 55mm. The Sony 50mm f/1.4 lens weighs 7.8 ounces and it measures 2.6 inches in diameter and 1.7 inches long.

Sony 50mm f/1.4
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Expert Reviews

Sony 50mm f/1.4 Reviews

Alphamountworld reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“Image quality is excellent. Vignetting (the most irritating type of distortion in my book) is even well controlled and is nearly gone at f2.8; at f2 it meets my stringent minimum standards.”
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Kurtmunger reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“The Sony 50mm F/1.4 lens turned in an good performance overall. It’s nice and light, compact, and very fast. Performance wise it’s a little soft with low contrast at F/1.4-2.0 though F/2.8 is perfectly acceptable, then hits max sharpness at F/4-8.”
rating: N/A

PCMAG reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“I used Imatest to measure the detail that the lens could capture when attached to the full-frame Sony Alpha 99$2,798.00 at Dell Home camera. It performed quite well at all tested apertures, recording 2,083 lines per picture height at f/1.4, 2,254 lines at f/2, and 2,363 lines at f/2.8.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“The f/1.4 lens proved to be equally successful in the real world thanks to an AF system that turned out to be very accurate and reliable despite being noisier than average.”
Rating: ★★★★½

WDC reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“In terms of MTF testing, both lenses perform well provided that they are closed down at least one f-stop, at which point their resolutions are very close-to and then comfortably above the critical 0.25 cycles-per-pixel level right out to f/16 (and on to f/22 for the f/1.8 lens). “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Sony 50mm f/1.4 and writes;
“The image quality is already vastly improved at f/2 including a technically better (smoother) bokeh. The truly excellent peak performance is reached around f/4… The build quality is pretty decent and the conventional screw-driven AF is very fast although somewhat dated regarding Sony’s SSM (supersonic motor) ambitions.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆


Sony 50mm f/1.4 Sample Photos

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Sony 50mm f/1.4 User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Sony 50mm f/1.4 Specifications

Enjoy the flexibility the Sony SAL-50F14 lens offers. Great for candid shots, this lens delivers stunning clarity even when the aperture is fully open.An ultra-bright standard lens for fast, accurate shooting by available light. For quick candid shots that capture “the decisive moment,” this lens provides superb clarity and visual accuracy even with fully open aperture when working indoors or in low-light and twilight conditions. This lens provides midrange telephoto 75mm focal length (35mm equivalent) – and takes advantage of the in-camera image stabilization system to minimize blur from shaky hands.


Maximum format size: 35mm full frame
Focal length: 50mm
35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C): 75mm
Diagonal Angle of view (FF): 47º
Diagonal Angle of view (APS-C): 32º
Maximum aperture: F1.4
Minimum aperture: F22
Lens Construction: 7 elements/6 groups
Number of diaphragm blades: 7, rounded
Minimum focus: 0.45m (1.5 ft)
Maximum magnification: 0.15x
AF motor type: ‘Screw drive’ from camera body
Focus method: Unit focus
Image stabilization: None
Filter thread: 55mm | Does not rotate on focus
Supplied accessories: Front and rear caps. SH0011 lens hood
Optional accessories: None
Weight: 222g (7.8 oz)
Dimensions: 65.5mm diameter x 43mm length (2.6 x 1.7 in)
Lens Mount: Sony Alpha/Minolta MA

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