Latest Price: MYR 1388
Mount: Sony A-mount
An ultra-bright standard lens for fast, accurate shooting by available light. For quick candid shots that capture the special moment, the SAL-50F14 lens provides superb clarity and visual accuracy, even when shooting at fully open aperture indoors, in low-light or twilight conditions. Mounted on your α 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 camera movement.
Superb Sharpness in Available Light
In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot® image stabilization system of the Sony ± (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens achieve pinpoint sharpness even working with hand-held camera by available light.
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.
Bright f1.4 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.
The Sony 50mm f/1.4 is a typical representative of the standard lenses that were designed back in the 70s to 80s. The max. aperture (f/1.4) should be generally avoided due to weak contrast, poor borders and a significant amount of longitudinal chromatic aberrations (LoCA). 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. As to be expected neither distortions nor vignetting are real issues but lateral CAs could be lower for a fix-focal length lens.
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. At around 320€/US$ the lens is priced at the upper end compared to the other major brands – maybe some food for thought over at Sony.
Bottom line, the Sony 50mm 1.4 is capable of dreamy gorgeous artistic shots, or razor sharp images if you so prefer. To me, this lens is the best prime lens Sony offers for the money when you want the best in flat out resolution and gorgeous images. I would take it over the 35mm f1.4G in a heartbeat after having used both now, and it was worth the extra money spent from my wallet over the 50mm 1.7.
My only recommendation would be for Sony to introduce an updated model in the future with digitally coated optics, and an APO element to combat any CA’s for those who are nitpicky about them. If Sony were ambitious, they should add waterproofing seals to it, and a metal outer shell as well. Otherwise, it is a near perfect lens with no real complaints from this photographer.
My final cost to performance evaluation is 9.25 out of 10.00, and a 9.5 out of 10.00 for image quality.