Real world shooting with the Sony 50mm FE f/1.4 lens - Samples

This week I had a chance to really use the new 50mm f/1.4 Sony FE lens. What can I say, it's a quality 50mm f/1.4 lens. Performance wise and optically, I'm very happy with it. I'd even say it's the best 50mm lens I've ever used - that includes Canon's 50mm f/1.2L, Canon's other 50mm f/1.8 variants, Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2, Zeiss Otus (the Otus IS better, but costs a ton, no autofocus, and isn't that practical for me), Zeiss Milvus 50mm, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D, Nikon f/1.4G, Sony 55mm f/1.8 FE).

Images were shot raw and edited in Capture One 9 (some are cropped too).

Sony 50mm f/1.4 FE Samples

These shots are straight raw conversions from Capture One Pro 9 - absolutely no edits. I've only had the chance to play around with the lens, but so far it's quite nice. Of course, I had to include a cat pic.

I originally had a used copy of the 55mm f/1.8 FE lens that I bought when I purchased my Used A7R II. It's a decent lens, but never really excited me, but it was the best Sony had to offer at the time. Before the return period expired, the 50mm f/1.4 ZE lens was announced.

I called B&H, and explained that I would rather have the 50mm f/1.4 lens and asked if they would allow me to return the 55mm f/1.8 that I had bought from their used department. Since I was spending more, they had absolutely no issue with it and were very nice about the exchange.

When I received the 50mm f/1.4 on Monday, I was all excited about it until I realized the following morning that there was a spec/dust/bubble/imperfection or something behind the front element. Wide open, it wasn't an issue, but stopped down - especially when shooting the sky, you would notice the spec in the image (I checked, it wasn't on the sensor). I called B&H about it, and they were nice enough to send me a new one, and a return label for the one with the defect.

I'm happy to say that the new one I received today has no such defect. I shone a bright LED light into the lens and checked for the slightest imperfection - nothing. It seems fine. Really, that's the way every new lens I have ever bought has been. I think the last one was just an anomaly.

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I've been a Fuji fan for a couple of years now (here's some of my previous articles on the Fuji system). Rather than focus completely on Fuji for this article, I'm going to talk about Leica lenses. Why? Well Fuji actually piqued my interest in the Leica M mount lenses because Fuji makes a Leica M to Fuji adapter. I figure if Fuji is making and promoting the ability to use other lenses on their system, then they are worth taking a look at. 

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