Sony Announce a New Full-Frame FE 50mm f1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Sony announced a new full-frame Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens for E-mount cameras like the Sony A7sII and A7RII in yet another cooperation with legendary optics maker Zeiss. The new 50mm lens joins the already existing budget 50mm f1.8 E-mount lens ($248) and the very Zeiss-y Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens ($998), which has been a favourite among photography enthusiasts and professionals using the Sony Alpha cameras. The 50mm focal length is a classic length and possibly the most popular used both in the photography world and in video, and at the rate Sony is cranking out new lenses for their E-mount system, I am not surprised at this announcement. It is also important not to confuse this 50mm f1.4 ZA lens with the already existing Sony 50mm f1.4 ZA in Sony Alpha mount. This new lens has a native E-mount for native compatibility with all Sony E-mount cameras and camcorders like the FS7, FS700 and FS5.

Video users rejoice – the new 50mm f1.4 ZA E-mount lens features an actual aperture ring with a click-less/fluid aperture option (with a switch) similar to the Zeiss made integrated zoom lens on my RX10 II (an awesome camera btw).

Sony FE 50mm f1.4 ZA Lens

Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA E mount Lens Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One AA Element & One Aspherical Element
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Ring Drive Super Sonic Wave Motor System
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
  • Dust- & Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm

This news lens being a Zeiss lens really, comes with the usual corner-to-corner clinical sharpness and a fast f1.4 aperture for some silky-smooth bokeh in addition to a moisture resistant design. The cutting edge optical design includes high-precision AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that reduce spherical and chromatic aberration, as well as a Zeiss T* Coating that minimizes flare and ghosting creating the classic Zeiss clarity. Additionally, its Planar design ensures minimal distortion.

The new lens is also equipped with a ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system, which allows it to efficiently lock focus with speed, precision and in near silence, making it particularly useful for shooting video.

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The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens is expected to ship in July and cost $1,500 in the US and $1,950 in Canada, or around 1800 Euros in Europe.

Pre-orders open Wed. 13th July 11:00 AM EST at B&H.

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