Best "fast" 50: ART, ZA, or 55mm Sonnar?

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crashwins Contributing Member • Posts: 667
Best "fast" 50: ART, ZA, or 55mm Sonnar?

I've actually shot with all of these (not the ZA) but it was a few years ago...I am -- again -- transitioning around back to Sony with the Gen 4 models (well, 1 so far). I am going on an experiment to try and stick to one lens over the next 6 months or so and I'm most happy with 50mm as it provides a good balance of subject and environment.

Do you notice the extra 5mm in the Sonnar?

AF speed is not terribly concerning as I shoot mostly motionless stuff

I care about MFD and bokeh (transitional areas)

Is 1.4 vs. 1.8 really worth griping over with the 55 vs 50s?

The ART is longer than the ZA -- is the balance better?

Thanks for helping me decide! A few examples of my work

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