Sony recently announced the full-frame FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Prime Lens. Designed for Sony’s full-frame systems, the newly launched lens has a large f/1.4 aperture. It thus, promises excellent out of focus backgrounds while giving you really narrow depth of field. The 11-blade aperture diaphragm helps in that regard for all your wide aperture shots.
In addition to that with a large f/1.4 aperture you are likely also going to get extremely good low light imagery with the additional amount of light that is capable of being captured by the lens. The lens has high-precision Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements as well as Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements. This ensures both spherical and chromatic aberrations are suppressed. To counter lens flares and ghosting, a problem that most wide angle and wide aperture lenses tend to suffer from, this lens has Zeiss T* coating. The lens also features a Planar design that minimizes distortion.
Not much can be said about the build quality of the lens just as yet. Some aspects of the barrel design, however, can be estimated from the specs shared. The FE 50mm F1.4 ZA has an aperture ring. Pro-togs will love this feature on their go to 50mm prime. It saves a considerable amount of time switching to the desired aperture ring without having to toggle the command dial.
The barrel also has an on / off switch and an AF/MF switchover button. The AF/MF switchover button allows you to quickly switch between auto to manual focusing with a single touch. Auto-focusing is powered by ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) Sony’s version of auto-focusing motor. The AF motor is quick when auto-focusing and is super quiet too.
Shipping in July the FE 50mm F1.4 ZA is priced at US$1500.