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The unboxing of the Sony SAL-50F14 50mm F/1.4 lens for Sony Alpha digital SLR cameras.
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Minolta 50mm F/1.7
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8
Sony DT 18-70mm F/3.5-5.6
This lens has so many uses. It's such a great little lens. At F/1.4 you can get shots without bumping up the ISO when it's dark. At F/2.0, it's decently sharp and by F/2.8-F/5.6, it's incredibly sharp. This is a classic Minolta-designed lens from the film Maxxum days so it has the characteristic bokeh and color you'd expect from such lenses with the addition of multi-coatings which cut down on flare and CAs.
Despite the plastic body, it feels very solid. It features a metal mount, nice smooth rubber focus ring, and slightly recessed front element. The hood fits well and does a great job reducing flare (a hundred times better than the old Minolta pull-out hood).
The 55mm front filter thread is convenient with the Sony system (kit lens, 100mm macro, etc...).
The AF is fast, a bit noisy, but is spot on. The DOF can be quite small, but that's the beauty of such a lens. I wish it had SSM like the Canon 50mm F/1.4 USM and Nikon 50mm G F/1.4 AF-S, but Sony is still developing and adapting their Minolta line.
The first lens I got was back focusing so I returned it and got this from Amazon. I noticed that my front lens cap on the new lens was solid black with SONY on the front. The previous lens, which I suspect was newer just had the Sony a on the front (which I prefer).
In comparing this lens to the Minolta 50mm F/1.7 lens, I found this to be much sharper and usable (because of the extra 1/3 stop). I originally had the Minolta 50/1.7 but sold it since the Tamron was sharper and got this since it was new, had a brighter aperture, and the updated coatings. It is a little bit sharper than the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8. Against the kit lens, it's miles ahead, obviously.
This is perfect for low light photography, walk around, portraits, and pretty bokeh.
First video ever, enjoy! :)
Pictures of the lens:
Sony SAL-100M28 100mm F/2.8 Macro Unboxing
Sony HVL-F58AM Flash Unboxing