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Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar
Sony / Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA

Shootout vs Zeiss Loxia 50/2: Lee Vining Creek Meadow (Sony A7R II)

A far distance comparison is extremely demanding of any lens, with infinity focus tending to reveal any latent lens asymmetries as well as field curvature effects and across-the-frame performance. As it turns out, this comparison hits the nail on the head in all these areas.

This effort confirms the findings in Shootout vs Zeiss Loxia 50/2: Spuller Lake View to Mt Conness. To see similar results and come to similar conclusions in two different scenes is important when comparing lenses. As discussed in that comparison, the Sony 50mm f1.4 ZA has a skew problem of the same character as seen with two samples of its 35mm f/1.4 ZA sibling.

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