Sony officially announced the new Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA lens. Based on the Zeiss Planar optical concept, this new full frame fast prime lens works with a 12-element in 9-group design that helps to reduce spherical aberration and distortion for a flat image plane. Starting off with the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, photographers and videographers will enjoy exceptional low-light performance along with the ability to create shallow depth-of field effects.
The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July for a retail price of $1,498 US and $1,950 CA.
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Lens Specifications:
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Lens mount||Sony FE|
|Number of diaphragm blades||11|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical + 1 ED element + Zeiss T* coating|
|Minimum focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||778 g (1.72 lb)|
|Diameter||84 mm (3.29″)|
|Length||108 mm (4.25″)|
|Filter thread||72.0 mm|
|Hood product code||ALC-SH143|
Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens
A quintessential wide-aperture 50mm “normal” lens, the new ZEISS® Planar F1.4 offers high resolution, high-contrast and overall exceptional performance
SAN DIEGO, June 27, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z).
This 50mm prime lens features a large F1.4 maximum aperture that offers impressive contrast and outstanding resolution that are hallmarks of the ZEISS® brand. It produces these consistently strong qualities throughout the entirety of the frame – from center to corner – and at all aperture settings, even while shooting wide open at F1.4. The cutting edge optical structure includes high-precision AA (Advanced Aspherical) and ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that reduce spherical and chromatic aberration, as well as a ZEISS® T* Coating that minimizes flare and ghosting creating the classic ZEISS® clarity. Additionally, its Planar design ensures minimal distortion.
The large F1.4 maximum aperture of the FE 50mm F1.4ZA lens provides a level of brightness and speed that are advantageous for dimly lit indoor shots, night scenes, and portraits, while its 11-bladed circular aperture allows for stunning “bokeh”, or background defocus, in images. The lens also features an aperture ring with an adjustable ON/OFF switch, an AF/MF focus mode switch, and a dust and moisture resistant design¹, further increasing its functionality.
The new lens is also equipped with a ring drive SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) system, which allows it to efficiently lock focus with speed, precision and in near silence, making it particularly useful for shooting movies.
Pricing and Availability – FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Lens
The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July for a retail price of $1,500 US and $1,950 CA. The new FE interchangeable lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.
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