NEW! Sony Announces the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4– A 50mm with an Amazing 11 Aperture Blades

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Sony has announced another lens, a product of their continuing working relationship with Zeiss. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 features 11 Aperture Blades for what the company is calling, “Stunning Bokeh.” There’s pretty much no reason to think this lens won’t be extremely quality. Not only has the rest of the Sony FE line delivered, Zeiss has consistently put out solid 50’s with great corner to corner contrast and sharpness. I am not here to complain about a super quality lens. It’s not my job.

The lens utilizes almost every feature that Sony Photographers have been asking for in a 50 – Great autofocus, extra-Low Dispersion elements and opens up to f/1.4. I’m not here to complain.

But, here’s the thing. It’s a 50mm f/1.4, which means it’s going to be compared with the competition. And what’s that competition? There's a lot.

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4. Yeah, that’s a really decent lens. Only 9 blades, but hey, who’s counting? Also, Sony’s already got a really highly reviewed Sonnar FE 55mm. Sure, it’s only f/1.8, but you can live with that right?

Listen, when buying lenses, we’re not all usually prepared to shell out for Otus level prices. At that level, you’re going to get the absolute perfect lens. As it is now, this is what we’re looking at in terms of price.

The new Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 = $1500
The Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4 = $949
The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 = $998

Clearly, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 is the superior lens. 11 aperture blades, and the f/1.4 puts it above the other options. But if you’re like me, and on a budget, what’s more important? The two extra blades or the extra $500 to spend on other accessories?

If I just had $1,500, the answer would be so much easier.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Packs 11 Aperture Blades for ‘Stunning Bokeh’

Sony FE 50mm f1.4

Via PetaPixel:

Sony today announced the new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA, a full-frame lens that features an 11-bladed circular aperture for “stunning bokeh.”

The company claims the lens has consistent resolution and contrast from center to corner within the frame, even when you’re shooting wide open with the large f/1.4 max aperture.

Technologies in the lens include a Planar design for minimal distortion, AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for reducing spherical and chromatic aberration, and a ZEISS T* that reduces ghosting and flare. A ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) provides fast, quiet, and accurate autofocus.

The body of the lens features an aperture ring with an on/off switch, an AF/MF mode switch, and a design that’s resistant to dust and moisture, allowing you to take the lens into tougher environments with peace of mind.

Here are some official sample photos captured with the new 50mm f/1.4:

A mode, 2.0 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance

A mode, 2.0 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance


M mode, 1/100 sec., F1.4 ISO 100, Manual white balance

M mode, 1/100 sec., F1.4 ISO 100, Manual white balance

Read full article at PetaPixel “Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Packs 11 Aperture Blades for ‘Stunning Bokeh’”

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Bret Hoy

Bret Hoy is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based out of St. Louis, Missouri. Mainly focused on documentary and experimental film, he has produced, directed, shot and edited many short films and a few long form works.

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