Alpha on Amazon

Subscribe to Cameracraft

Cameracraft is one of the highest quality photo enthusiast magazines you'll find - worldwide. Our Photoclubalpha subscription deal is £4.80 less (UK) than the current discounted offer - it's the lowest cost you can get. The cost will be held for three years and you can cancel at any time. Visit our web pages to see the regular deals, or subscribe below.

Postal Region

Photoclubalpha Forum

Join our free Forum for a wealth of info, great company and some fantastic photo sharing threads! Registration on the Forum is separate from Registration on the website, but you are allowed to register using the same name and password.
  • Private FS posts • Older levitra online taught arthritis vague, apply. January 22, 2020
    Readers iwh.brsa.photoclubalpha.com.gcm.jh path polycythaemia, babbling, cialis commercials levitra online generic orlistat online propecia 5mg nephropathy pubis, complexes generic canadian cialis cheap levitra prices for orlistat propecia buy fibres //timtheme.com/cialis-store-online/#cialis-turkeji pharmaceutical manufacturer of cialis //elegantearthatthearbor.com/#vardenafil vardenafil generic //friendsofcalarchives.org/orlista ... ew-profile generic orlistat online //alanhawkshaw.net/propecia-online ... inasteride propecia buy beneficial pump, alternating accreta.Statistics: Posted by Guest — […]
    guest
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: New Orleans, LA, USA January 22, 2020
    Thanks for taking a shot. I guess I should have connected those dots about who was using the kitchen. That said, I think you have gone too dark. Some of the iron pots are almost invisible. My request was based on what I thought was a good tonal range that would lend itself to B&W. […]
    jbtaylor
  • Private FS posts • helsldvsegififlannerciafmyr January 22, 2020
    unsecured loans cash advance network 1 hour cash advance pay day one bad credit personal loansStatistics: Posted by Guest — Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:31 am
    guest
  • Private FS posts • hstkgljtreglsjdsHuppyjv January 22, 2020
    low interest personal loans national cash advance same day cash cash loan online faxless loansStatistics: Posted by Guest — Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:07 am
    guest
  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: New Orleans, LA, USA January 21, 2020
    jbtaylor wrote:Any chance for a B&W version of the kitchen shot?Love the gator shot at the top of he page.JTHow does this look like? I tried a more "underexposed" value for conversion (atypical for me)thinking of the sordid narratives I heard about the times and practices of the day. Not judging,but an attempt at reflecting […]
    sury

Past Article Calendar

July 2016
M T W T F S S
« Jun   Aug »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

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

Sony today introduced a new full-frame lens for their E-mount camera system, the Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA (model SEL50F14Z). (Press release 2pm UK time)

“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 centre 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 minimises flare and ghosting, creating the classic ZEISS® clarity. Additionally, its Planar design ensures minimal distortion.

The large f/1.4 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-blade circular aperture allows for stunning ‘bokeh’, or background defocus, in images. The lens also features an aperture ring with de-click option, an AF/MF switch, and a dust and moisture resistant design[i], further increasing its functionality.”

(PR blurb slightly edited but leaving in all the garbage, Registered Trade Mark symbols and stuff including the gratuitous capitalisation of Zeiss)

Editor’s comments: AA elements have no orange-peel microstructure, and thus reduce the granular appearance of bokeh circles created by point sources out of focus – they resemble traditionally ground and polished elements, even though they are moulded aspherical. Those who say ‘I love this lens in the A-mount version’ or Canon or Nikon or Contax are misguided, as although this is a Planar, it’s not the same 50mm f/1.4 Planar in any way as a traditional design.

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

The new FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens will ship this July and will be available across Europe for approximately €1,800 (this price given by Sony). US price from B&H for pre-order is $1498 which is considerably less, possibly because Europe has VAT tax generally between 20% and 25%.

Although the design is dust and moisture resistant, absolute protection from dust and moisture is not guaranteed.

Comments are closed.