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Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review
  
 
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Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review
I just received the FE 50/1.4 ZA this morning. After my initial decentering tests, I was happy to know that I have good copy in my hands.

I will be comparing resolution/contrast at close and infinity distances later on this thread, but for now, I wanted to focus on rendering and aberration control differences for the FE 50/1.4 ZA, FE 55/1.8 ZA and Loxia 50/2 lenses.

These comparisons were done under high contrast lighting with background foliage at close, medium and long distances. This is a stress test for these lenses. If you missed LensRentals optical bench test, check out this thread.

To start, here is the 50/1.4 at f/1.7 vs 55/1.8 at f/1.8: (The 50/1.4 does not step down to f/1.8)




New FE 50/1.4 ZA, FE 55/1.8 ZA and Loxia 50/2 lenses







FE 55/1.8 ZA (top) | FE 50/1.4 ZA (bottom)




Aug 02, 2016 at 08:06 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


the 55/1.8 shows more LoCA aberration. See the 1:1 crops:







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


So the top one is the 55/1.8 due to the smaller AOV?


Aug 02, 2016 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


However, out of focus rendition is slightly smoother on the 55/1.8 image at this aperture. (55/1.8 at f/1.8 and 50/1.4 at f/1.7)







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:11 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


Very interesting images. I found the pics of ecarlino valuable. Bokeh looked much less smooth than that of the 35/1.4, for example. A comparison to the Sigma Art 50/1.4 would be nice, too.


Aug 02, 2016 at 08:14 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


The 50/1.4 is sharper at f/1.7 compared to the 55/1.8, has more contrast and has less loCA. See below:







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:16 PM
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I just noticed that the 50/1.4ZA's out of focus rendition at f/1.7 is smoother than at f/1.4!
update: turning EFCS 'off' gives smoother results at f/1.4 and high shutter speeds. - Link

See below:
(I will be posting my findings as I go. I'm just seeing these results for the first time)












Aug 02, 2016 at 08:23 PM
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Here is a sample of how these lenses render this scene wide open:

55/1.8 (@f1.8), 50/1.4 (@f1.4) and Loxia 50/2 (@f/2)







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:28 PM
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Here is another example demonstrating that the 50/1.4 Planar has slightly better contrast/sharpness compared to the 55/1.8 Sonnar, but the 55/1.8's out of focus rendition is smoother. (bottom image) -- at least when the background is close to the subject. It may change when the background is at longer distances.







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:33 PM
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It's still smoother when comparing to the 50/1.4 wide-open at f/1.4.

update: turning EFCS 'off' gives smoother results at f/1.4 and high shutter speeds. - Link


So, here are both wide open:












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Here is a rendering comparison showing all lenses wide-open

(Loxia 50/2, 50/1.4 and 55/1.8, in this order)







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:39 PM
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How about all lenses at f/2.
Can you tell the difference?
Hint: As I suspected, the new 50/1.4 rendering is very close to the Loxia when they are both at f/2. The 55/1.8 is always smoother with a bit less bite.







Aug 02, 2016 at 08:44 PM
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Fred, is it fair to assume that the rendition of the new f/1.4 lens is contrastier with more bites than that of the f/1.8 counterpart? We somehow anticipated that the f/1.4 lens' rendition would be more pleasing for portraits closer to that of the 85mm GM, at least, I did. I guess I was wrong then.


Aug 02, 2016 at 08:52 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


Thanks a lot for your helpful tests, Fred!
50 1.4 is great, no questions, but...Wow, 55mm 1.8 does really well, for its price/size.
I can't tell the difference.



Aug 02, 2016 at 08:54 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


It has more bite wide open than the 85 at 1.4. Probably quite a bit too


Aug 02, 2016 at 08:56 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


Here is a quick snapshot showing the size differences:




50/1.4, 55/1.8 and Loxia 50/2






50/1.4 vs 85/1.4GM (The 50/1.4 ZA is slightly taller and thinner)






50/1.4 vs 85/1.4GM (with hoods)




Aug 02, 2016 at 08:58 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


Three great lenses. We are really spoilt for choice.




Aug 02, 2016 at 09:04 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


Another example showing the 50/1.4 and 55/1.8 (both wide-open)
The 55/1.8 OOF rendering is smoother to my eyes. See the crops below.

















Aug 02, 2016 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


and here is the focused area showing they are both very sharp lenses even wide open.

It's possible to see a hint of onion ring patterns in the the 55/1.8 bokeh balls.







Aug 02, 2016 at 09:11 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Sony Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA Rolling Review


I wonder which lens on down the track will hold the percentage of value best?


Aug 02, 2016 at 09:11 PM
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