Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

Premium Carl Zeiss® Planar T* "normal" lens for Sony Alpha-mount cameras

  • Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens


  • Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    Left side view

  • Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    Sample image that emphasizes this lens's narrow depth-of-field when aperture is wide-open

  • Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    Shown mounted on the Sony Alpha A99 (not included)

  • Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

    Top view


Our take on the Sony SAL50F14Z 50mm f/1.4 Lens

by Woody Sherman

Zeiss speaks for itself

The Zeiss logo on this handsome, "normal" fixed focal-length lens will tell you what you need to know. On full-frame cameras, this lens will capture the world about you with the same field of view as your naked eye, and on APS-C cameras it's the perfect focal length for razor-sharp portraits with creamy-smooth backgrounds. Optical innovation and painstaking attention to detail have spawned a lens that is likely to be more than up to your critical standards. Even at its fastest f/1.4 aperture, this lens will reward your artistic eye by rendering every photo opportunity with crystal clarity, precision, and style.

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Because of that generous f/1.4 aperture, great low-light performance is a given. For the same reason, you'll also be able to manipulate space and depth in your photos and videos for spectacular results. And that background will be even more smoothly and pleasingly defocused thanks to the nine-bladed, near-circular aperture design.


  • 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* lens by Carl Zeiss®
  • effective focal length:
    • 50mm on Sony Alpha full-frame cameras like the Alpha A99
    • 75mm on Sony Alpha APS-C cameras
  • Super Sonic wave motor enables smooth, rapid and quiet autofocus
  • direct manual focus overrides autofocus; manual focusing can occur after AF lock-on without the need for any switching
  • two aspherical lens elements for excellent sharpness with minimal chromatic aberration and exceptionally even response across the frame
  • high-rigidity, weather-sealed aluminum construction features dust and moisture resistance
  • magnification: x0.14
  • minimum focus distance: 17.72"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 8 elements in 5 groups
  • filter/attachment size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-1/4" in diameter, 2-7/8" long
  • weight: 18.3 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • lens hood

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Features and Specs
Brand Compatibility Sony
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Weight 18.3 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

  • Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM (SAL50F14Z)
  • 72mm Front lens cap
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH126 Lens hood
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Warranty sheet
  • Warning about lens contacts
  • Serial Number card

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Overview: The Sony SAL50F14Z (50mm F1.4 ZA SSM) is a fast, high-quality prime lens. This Carl Zeiss Planar lens has a large aperture (F1.4) for capturing brilliant high-resolution images in low-light conditions regarding fully-open aperture. The T* (T-Star) coating virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering.

Compatibility: The SAL50F14Z lens is equipped with a Sony A-mount, and is designed for use with Sony α (alpha) Interchangeable Lens Digital Cameras. With an optional LA-EA1 mount adapter, this lens can be used on Sony α (alpha) NEX-series hybrid cameras and camcorders with the E-mount.

Auto/Manual Focus: You can switch between AF (auto focus) and MF (manual focus) on the lens. To shoot in AF mode, you will need to set the focus mode to AF on the camera and the lens. To shoot in MF mode, you can set the lens or the camera to MF, or both. The focusing ring can be rotated until the subject is in focus. For Direct Manual Focus (DMF), you can rotate the focusing ring after the focus is set in AF-A (automatic auto focus) or AF-S (single-shot automatic focus) modes.

Lens Hood: The lens includes the SLC-SH126 lens hood to reduce flare and ensure maximum image quality. When not in use, the lens hood can be inverted and stored on the lens backwards.


  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Equivalent 35mm-format focal length: 75mm
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 5 groups (including 2 aspheric elements)
  • Angle of View: 47° (full frame cameras); 32° (cameras with APS-C sensor)
  • Minimum Focus: 1.48'
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.14x
  • Maximum f-stop: f/1.4
  • Minimum f-stop: f/22
  • Aperture Design: 9-blades, rounded
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.25, Length=2.875"
  • Weight: 18.3 ounces
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