Sony Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Review

June 24, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


If you can afford it, the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM is a fantastic standard prime lens for Sony full-frame users, delivering imperious image quality with the minimum of fuss. The name Carl Zeiss has long been a by-word for high-quality, and the new Planar T* 50mm certainly continues in that tradition. It delivers stellar results almost throughout its extensive aperture range, even performing well wide-open at f/1.4 and at both the centre and edges of the frame. Offering fast auto-focusing, intuitive manual focusing and outstanding build quality that's weather-tight too, this lens is a perfect partner to the flagship A99 camera. Only the eye-watering price prevents us from awarding the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM lens our highest award, but if you can afford it, you won't want to buy anything else...

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 5
Image quality 5
Value for money 4