The Sony 50mm F1.4 is a standard prime lens for Sony's full-frame and APS-C format SLT cameras. A 'standard' (~50mm) prime is one of the most useful lenses you can have in your camera bag, and this small, light and fast example ably proves this rule, providing excellent image quality at a low cost. On an APS-C format camera this lens offers a 75mm equivalent angle of view, and its excellent central sharpness really lends itself to use on this format, where it offers a useful focal length for portraiture.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Sony Alpha|
|Min focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Max magnification||0.15 x|
|Weight||222 g (0.49 lb)|
|Length||43 mm (1.69″)|
Like any fast prime it's not perfect (shooting through all that glass at large apertures inevitably introduces more aberrations), but it has low light capabilities unmatched by any zoom, and image quality unrivalled by all but the most expensive. It's also small, light and unobtrusive, and therefore perfect for discreet shooting. These qualities add up to give a lens worthy of all Alpha users' consideration.
Good for: Those in search of a small, relatively sharp portrait or low light lens on their Sony DSLR -- a good match for full frame or APS-C.
Not so good for: Full frame shooters who are highly critical about corner-to-corner sharpness