Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSSSony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
Top 84%111 points
Top 84%
Top 81%134 points
Top 81%
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
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Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS vs Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*: 25 facts in comparison

1. Has full-time manual focus

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
61% have it

2. widest aperture at maximum focal length

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
5.6
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R APD: 1.2
1.4

3. has or is a prime lens

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
48% have it

4. widest aperture

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
f/3.5
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 Pro: f/1.2
f/1.4

5. has built-in optical image stabilization

Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
37% have it

6. minimum focus distance

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
0.25m
Samsung NX 10mm F3.5 Fisheye: 0.09m
0.4m

7. Front element doesn't rotate

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
62% have it

8. Can focus to infinity

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
62% have it

9. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
36
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
22

10. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
29% have it

11. Has rounded aperture blades

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
74% have it

12. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
50mm
Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM: 800mm
50mm

13. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
16mm
Canon EF 35mm F/2 IS USM: 0.24mm
50mm

14. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
94% have it

15. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
39% have it

16. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
91% have it

17. Is a normal lens

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
27% have it

18. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
22
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW: 45
22

19. maximum angle of view

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
83°
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH: 318°
47°

20. optical zoom

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
3.1x
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD: 22.2x
1x

21. Lens hood is reversible

The lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
22% have it

22. Includes lens hood

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.
Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Planar T*
57% have it

23. minimum angle of view

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
32°
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD: 2°
32°

24. aperture blades

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
7
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA: 11
9

25. weight

402g lighter.
116g
Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM: 2.1g
518g

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