Sony A7 - Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

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So you need a fast 50mm standard lens for your Sony A7 or A7r? Well you could buy the 55mm f/1.8 native lens for £939. Or a Leica 50mm Summicron f/2 for £1600 or thereabouts (assuming there's no vignetting or magenta cast). I guess you could even buy a Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus for £3,000 and some change. 

However, I've gone a different route. I'm using a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 (£269) plus a Metabones adapter (£95) and I'm just amazed by how good it is. These were taken today on my A7 and (as I hoped it would) has rid me of the desire to buy the Sony 55mm. 

It is invariably true that you get what you pay for, but it's also true that if you buy a lens that is cheaper than it should (could) be because the manufacturer makes and sells an awful lot of them, then you could end up with a bargain. You could also end up with one of the best standard lenses ever made and get to use it on one of the best sensors. And you don't have to sell a kidney to do it either.

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