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  1. #1
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    Sony SAL-50F14 50mm F/1.4 Review and Unboxing Video


    Video Unboxing:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCPXoHSw14c

    Review:

    sharpness: 5
    color: 5
    build: 4
    distortion: 5
    flare control: 5
    OVERALL: 4.8

    Compared to:
    Minolta 50mm F/1.7
    Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8
    Sony DT 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6
    This lens has so many uses. It's such a great little lens. At F/1.4 you can get shots without bumping up the ISO when it's dark. At F/2.0, it's decently sharp and by F/2.8-F/5.6, it's incredibly sharp. This is a classic Minolta-designed lens from the film Maxxum days so it has the characteristic bokeh and color you'd expect from such lenses with the addition of multi-coatings which cut down on flare and CAs.

    Despite the plastic body, it feels very solid. It features a metal mount, nice smooth rubber focus ring, and slightly recessed front element. The hood fits well and does a great job reducing flare (a hundred times better than the old Minolta pull-out hood).

    The 55mm front filter thread is convenient with the Sony system (kit lens, 100mm macro, etc...).

    The AF is fast, a bit noisy, but is spot on. The DOF can be quite small, but that's the beauty of such a lens. I wish it had SSM like the Canon 50mm F/1.4 USM and Nikon 50mm G F/1.4 AF-S, but Sony is still developing and adapting their Minolta line.

    The first lens I got was back focusing so I returned it and got this from Amazon. I noticed that my front lens cap on the new lens was solid black with SONY on the front. The previous lens, which I suspect was newer just had the Sony a on the front (which I prefer).

    In comparing this lens to the Minolta 50mm F/1.7 lens, I found this to be much sharper and usable (because of the extra 1/3 stop). I originally had the Minolta 50/1.7 but sold it since the Tamron was sharper and got this since it was new, had a brighter aperture, and the updated coatings. It is a little bit sharper than the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8. Against the kit lens, it's miles ahead, obviously.

    This is perfect for low light photography, walk around, portraits, and pretty bokeh.

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  2. #2
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    Congrats! Looks like a real beauty.
    Jason Hamilton
    Selective Frame

    EOS 5D - Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 35 f/2, EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II, EF 70-210 f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 (with EOS adapter), 430EX, Canon S90
    Nikon FE - Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI'd, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, Nikkor 105mm f/2.5 AI, F to EF adapter, 2xVivitar 285, other lighting stuff
    Mamiya C220 - 80mm f/2.8

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  3. #3
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    Probably one of the most useful in the line-up ... short of the 35mm f/1.4 G (would like to have one of these, too)

    f/1.4 shots are notoriously shallow DOF, so be careful. It's around 6 inches deep at 10 feet and only 2 inches at 5 feet.

    Have fun with it ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 03-13-2009 at 09:01 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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