Sony 50mm f/1.4 SAL-50F14

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(From Sony lens literature) 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.

Product Description

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. Mounted on the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens provides midrange telephoto 75mm focal length (35mm equivalent) -- and takes advantage of the in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize blur from shaky hands.

Features List

Superb Sharpness in Available Light: In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens achieve pinpoint sharpness even working with hand-held camera by available light.

Bright f/1.4 Aperture: The ability to capture more light in dark environments gives you a superb lens for hand-held shooting without flash, to preserve the mood or in locations where flash is not permitted.

Circular Aperture: Conventional lenses close their apertures with blades that can create multi-sided shapes -- but the aperture blades of this superb wide-angle lens form a near circle at the wide openings you'll use for low-light shots, so spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

Sony 50mm f/1.4 SAL-50F14

Sony 50mm f/1.4 SAL-50F14 User Reviews

8.3/10 average of 4 review(s) Build Quality 8.0/10 Image Quality 8.5/10
  • 8 out of 10 points and recommended by SonyShooter (6 reviews)
    Light. Good build.
    Noisy focusing.

    Managed to buy a brand new boxed lens with 12 months warranty in early 2023 for $136, so really bagged a bargain direct from a Sony Centre.

    I only bought this to replace my ageing Minolta 50mm f/1.4 that was sticking above f/8. I do believe that the rendering of this Sony version is superior and although it is more plastic than the Minolta, still feels solid enough. Nice and light for a walkabout and vacation use.

    Focusing is much slower than the Zeiss 50mm and of course is screw drive, so a bit noisy too.
    Wide open, the corners are soft, but much better at f/2

    reviewed October 2nd, 2023 (purchased for $136)
  • 7 out of 10 points and recommended by newborncamera (10 reviews)
    Sharp and detailed. Nice looks of the glass from front. Fast apperture. Smooth focus. Focus stops on ring. Focus/apperture distance scale. Fast focus with adapter.
    Needs an adapter to work AF. bad BAD chromatic abberation when sun hits the edge of subject. Misfocus front/back/center focus.

    I got this for the sole purpose to use with the sony a7s and LA-EA4 sony A mount adapter for low light performance.
    My old lens came from the first owner and was in good shape except the front portion of the lens gets flakey black finish. Otherwise my lens is in really prestine shape. The glass is as clear as it can be with little bit of pixie dust trapped inside the elements.

    For low light it gives the best results due to its fast F1.4 aperture. I also fell in love with how big the opening of the glass from the front. I have a fetish for good looks when looking at the glass from the front.

    The LA-EA4 has a translucent mirror for the PDAF autofocus to work. It gives mark 1 A7S and A7R PDAF hybrid autofocus capability.

    One note: with the adapters translucent mirror robs 1/3 of stop of light, making the f.14 a 1.7 f stop light transmission. The image quality and bokeh remains f1.4.

    Even with the screw type focus mechanism built in the lens, it still focuses fast though not as fast as native E mount lens, works perfectly with the said adapter above.

    Why didnt you bought a canon 50mm 1.4 or 1.8? You ask.

    Because i like how the old classic look looked like. The big glass opening from the front is so good looking.
    I also love the smooth focus ring and the focus stops ( yeah im old school).
    Also because the thought of giving PDAF hybrid autofocus in my contrast detect af only camera gives the adapter the ability to focus fast.

    Things to remember when having the adpater.
    Never clean, blow with mouth or touch the mirror of the adapter. Blow only with a blower tool and leave the rest of the dust or fibers that could accumulate on the miror.
    Touching the mirror WILL disturb the position of it and youll never get correct AF performance.

    The good:

    Fast aperture
    Smooth focus ring
    Aperture and distance scale
    Very tight firm fit with adapter and adapter also tight fit with camera.
    Not much vignetting
    Fast AF though not native performance.
    Stop bounderies on focus ring.

    The bad:

    Chormatic abberation and alot of it when sun hits the edges of subject. Doesnt bother me because i use this lens for low light environment.
    Needs LA-EA4 adapter to make autofocus work but rons 1/3 stop light due to adapter mirror.
    Has a front focus AF point missfocus. I fix it with -4 micro adjustment and seems to fix it. It still missfocuses a bit. Sometimes front sometimes back focuses. Othertimes center focus.

    Overall id rate this at 7 because i needed an adapter to use with my E mount system.

    Build quality ill give an 8.

    Image quality ill give a 7 due to the chormatic abberation.

    Sharpness and focus performance id give a 9.

    reviewed March 24th, 2021 (purchased for $60)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by DonnyTam (2 reviews)
    Sharp, Fast, compact size
    noisy.. screw focusing

    very good Image Quality. reasonable price.

    reviewed November 26th, 2012 (purchased for $279)
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by edwardkaraa (12 reviews)
    Excellent sharpness, light and small, color, 3D.
    Focusing ring not good for MF.

    This is a very nice small and light weight lens. Image quality is excellent by f/2.8 and it has typical Minolta colors and a lot of 3D too.

    reviewed August 20th, 2010 (purchased for $350)