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Shootout: Sony FE 50/2.5G vs Sony 50/1.4 ZA vs Voigtlander FE 50/2 APO-Lanthar — Teak Bench

Shot with the 50-megapixel Sony A1.

Sometimes the simplest subjects are most instructive, and this is one such case.

This 3-way comparison pits the Sony FE 50mm f/2.5G against the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA and Voigtlander FE 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar on a static target at about 7 feet / 1.7m distance. It evaluates sharpness across the field, focus shift, distortion, field of view, and bokeh.

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Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 G
Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA
Voigtlander FE 50mm f/2 APO-Lanthar

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