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About Sony 50mm F/1.4

Enjoy the flexibility the Sony SAL-50F14 lens offers. Great for candid shots, this lens delivers stunning clarity even when the aperture is fully open. An ultra-bright standard lens for fast, accurate shooting by available light.

For quick candid shots that capture "the decisive moment," this lens provides superb clarity and visual accuracy even with fully open aperture when working indoors or in low-light and twilight conditions.

Mounted on the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens provides midrange telephoto 75mm focal length (35mm equivalent), and takes advantage of the in-camera Super SteadyShot image stabilization system to minimize blur from shaky hands.

Superb Sharpness in Available Light: In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this lens achieve pinpoint sharpness even working with hand-held camera by available light.

Bright f1.4 Aperture: The ability to capture more light in dark environments gives you a superb lens for hand-held shooting without flash, to preserve the mood or in locations whereflash is not permitted.

Circular Aperture: Conventional lenses close their apertures with blades that can create multi-sided shapes, but the aperture blades of this superb wide-angle lens form a near circle at the wide openings you'll use for low-light shots, so spot-light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

The Sony 50mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings and more.The Sony 50mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sony 50mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 50mm F/1.4: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (11),Easily interchangeable (10),Lightweight (10),Consistent output (8),Durable (8),Strong construction (6),Nice bokeh (4)
Best Uses:
Night photography (6),Low light (5),Sports/action (5),Macro photography (4),Weddings (4),Landscape/scenery (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5)

Sony 50mm F/1.4 Features

  • 50mm f/1.4 Standard Lens
  • Ultra-bright f1.4 aperture for low-light shots
  • Excellent for hand-held shooting without flash
  • Superb image sharpness and detail
  • Circular Aperture for pleasing defocused effects
  • Focal Length 35mm Equivalent: 50 mm

Sony 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

6 Groups/7 Elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
1-1/2 x 2-9/16"
8-5/16 oz.

Sony 50mm F/1.4 Reviews

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(based on 11 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Glass

I was pleasantly surprised to find this lens--at a fraction of the cost--as sharp as those carrying the Carl Zeiss label.

Reviewed by 11 customers


Awesome Lens from Excellent Seller


from Sammamish, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a super lens with awesome light gathering and great Bokeh from the round (as opposed to hex) aperture. This lens extends capabilities way beyond the usual 3.5 or 2.8 of other lenses. The Seller packaged the lens well, shipped the lens promptly, and it arrived right away in excellent condition.


This is a good lens, very easy to use.


from Arcadia, CA  -  Casual Photographer

This lens is very easy to blurry the background. Most times no need to use the flush light when take pictures inside.


Fantacstic lens


from Clarks Summit, Pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

Use it with Sony alpha 100, 550 and 55. Outstanding resolution. Smal and light. f1.4 with only 55mm filter size. Use it mostly at indoors sport events with ISO 800 and 1/500s shutter speed. Great portrait lens with APS size sensor and macro with extension tubes.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This is a good lens for portray.


from Arcadia, CA  -  Casual Photographer

I used this lens to take my grand daughter's pictures. It blurry the background. Make the portray looks good.


Big performance in small package


from Bedford, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I don't have any negative feedback to offer on this lens. As close to negative as I can get is there's no SSM focusing, but that would cost more anyway so it seems to be a fair trade off. For the price it's an excellent piece of equipment that is necessary for anyone wanting to take their photography to the next level. f1.4... I love you! It's wonderful to be able to hand hold action shots all the way till dusk without cranking the ISO up. A must have for low light shooting.




from Myrtle Beach, SC  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is great for walk around and low light. Use your feet more instead of standing in one spot. It's light weight and a pleasure to use with my Sony a850 My copy of this lens is sharp at all f/stops. I love it. Buy it if you can.


A Great Little Lens


from Havertown, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

the fast lens is great for shooting children who are rarely still. The bright lens reduces the need for flash in many instances. The fixed lens takes a little getting used to after using zooms. The lens is very well made and I'm happy to add it to my collection of camera equipment.


Great for low light


from Parrish, Alabama  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The lens you need for those existing light photos.


It is getting good picture upper F2.0


from Florence, KY  -  Casual user

When I take a picture for Portrait and Snap, I use this lens.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice lens for low light conditions


from Morgan Hill, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use an 18-250mm, f3.5-6.3 zoom lens for most situations. For indoor sports, this 50mm f1.4 lens is a great addition.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CONSTANCE R  Love this lens! The bokah is amazing. My portrait images are sharp and beautiful.
Roger W  Would you consider this lens for an all around first lens with the a99 ?
ANTHONY B  The 50mm length is ea "normal" Lens and the perspective is similar to the human eye as opposed to a wide or telephoto. If you are looking for a prime lens this is a good place to start. The lens is sharp, focuses quickly on my A850 and has little to no distortion. If I were recommend a lens for a beginning photographer to shoot with it would be the 50.
Shopper  Is this lens compatible with the a550? I didn't see it on the list....
KATHERINE P  I would check with sony. I bought it for the a850
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