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

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The Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens with its normal perspective, fast maximum aperture, and high-end engineering is easy to see it as a go-to standard optic for full-frame E-mount photographers. Beginbing with the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, still photographers and videographers alike will enjoy exceptional poor-light performance along with the ability to acquire shallow depth-of field trappings. The Zeiss Planar optical design is an advantage to users by providing an practically distortion-free images, while the embodiment of a single Advanced Aspherical, a single aspherical, and a single extra-low dispersion element work to diminish spherical and chromatic aberrations. In addition to that, the legendary Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating battles flare and ghosting for crisp, clear images.

Performance is top shelf as well with quick autofocus delivered by a ring drive SSM (Super Sonic Wave Motor) system. An AF/MF switch is included for quickly switching between the modes and an internal focus layout maintains overall lens length while shooting. A physical aperture ring is included on the lens which can be un-clicked at the click of a switch, making this a great choice for video in addition to still images. Additionally, an eleven-blade circular diaphragm enhances image quality by safeguarding smooth bokeh at a wide array of aperture settings. In addition, a dust and moisture-resistant build will allow you to keep shooting even in less than ideal environments.

Based on the Zeiss Planar optical approach, this lens operates with a 12-element in 9-group design that goes a long way to reduce spherical aberration and distortion for an even image plane.

A normal-length prime created for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 50mm f/1.4 is also works with APS-C models where it will deliver a 75mm (35mm equivalent focal length).

Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is an advantage when working in difficult lighting environments and also offers great control over focus position when shooting using shallow depth of field operations.

Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to every lens surface to help diminish reflections as a way to provide greater image clarity, color fidelity, and contrast.

A single AA and a single aspherical element are made a part of the optical design for powerful control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other related spherical aberrations.

A single extra-low dispersion element is also a part of the lens design to help diminish chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved color neutrality and clarity.

A ring drive SSM system and internal focus device provides fast, quiet, and exacting autofocus operation and also contributes to more logical, intuitive manual focus guidance.

Manual aperture ring can be un-clicked for smooth, stealth aperture switching for an advantage to video applications.

Rounded 11-blade diaphragm adds to a pleasant bokeh quality when taking advantage of selective focus style.

Both dust and moisture-sealed layout better empowers shooting in inclement situations and rubberized control rings are an advantage in colder temperatures.

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Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 50 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Sony FE
Maximum aperture F1.4
Minimum aperture F16
Aperture ring Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 11
Elements 12
Groups 9
Special elements / coatings 2 aspherical + 1 ED element + Zeiss T* coating
Minimum focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Maximum magnification 0.15
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 778 g (1.72 lb)
Diameter 84 mm (3.29)
Length 108 mm (4.25)
Sealing Yes
color Black
Filter thread 72.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code ALC-SH143



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


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