50mm F1.4 vs 55mm F1.8

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Landshark, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. Landshark

    Landshark TalkEmount Rookie

    Jun 26, 2016
    Just handled the two lenses, I do not really need the extra half stop and I am concerned that the 50 is almost three times the size, how do they compare optically.

    This is not a focal length I would use a lot, so I am leaning towards the 55 but if the 50 is that much better, I will rethink.
  2. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
  3. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Feb 14, 2016
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    I think you have answered your own dilemma, "You don't really need the extra half stop" so why pay a huge premium for a much bigger lens that you don't need the extra speed of, then you say "This is not a focal length I would use a lot" so it seems to me you need to really think if it's worth getting either. Spend your money on something you will use enough to justify getting. I think you are having a bout of GAS :D:wink:
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  4. Landshark

    Landshark TalkEmount Rookie

    Jun 26, 2016
    Even though the "normal" focal length is not my favorite or most used I can see an occasional need, so that is why I asked the question as to whether the 1.4 was really worth all the downsides of the lens. I can suffer from GAS as much as anybody, so that is the other reason for the question will I regret buying the 55. Thanks for comments, I think I will just pick up a 55.
  5. ddavi78

    ddavi78 TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 28, 2013
    You could buy a vintage 50 1.4 if you don't mind manual focus and the 55.

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  6. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

    May 10, 2013
    Yannis Marigo
    Frankly speaking I did not test the 50 but I own the 55. I don't use that much. Still, it's a keeper and it's a beast of sharpness. Recently coupled it with my A7R for a landscape photo and was simply amazed by how much details I got. It may not be stabilized but it's small, light, reliable and provides splendid images.
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  7. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Both are great lenses, so I don't believe you will find many complaints from their owners or professional reviewers. In addition, I have no doubt the SEL50F14Z outperforms the SEL55F18Z if pixel peeping. Sony already had the 55Z as a model of excellence. The 50Z couldn't just be a little faster to justify the 50% increase in price; it had to be better. That said, it basically boils down to you answering a question. Is maximum performance @50 worth nearly 3X the weight, 2X the size and 1.5X the price?
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