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Sony - Sonnar T FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens for Most Sony a7-Series Cameras - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 183 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Compact Standard Prime for the A7

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    littlebit92
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    Bought this to go with my brand new A7III as I wanted a standard prime to go on it when I put the camera in my messenger bag. As tempted as I was by its bigger brother the 50mm f/1.4 its a much larger and heavier lens and not as practical for just tossing in your bag and carrying around with you Optically its fantastic, Sharp as a tack and has excellent color and contrast right from the gate at f/1.8 which is very impressive. The Bokeh, while a subjective thing, to me brings to mind my Sigma 50mm "Sigmalux" which has legendarily good bokeh. The more expensive and heavier f/1.4 is better due to the extra aperture blades, but again, its at the cost of significantly more weight and bulk. A lot of reviews have trashed this lens VS its bigger brother but I think its honestly unfair, and in my opportunity to test both of them side by side honestly, there isnt a huge difference between the two of them, especially when you account for the huge price differential. The lens has so far done a marvelous job and delivered multiple shots with fantastic color and sharpness for me, The autofocus is extremely fast and accurate on the A7III and I've had little to complain about. Build wise the lens uses a lot of metal and screams "quality", the lens hood is likewise metal with a slight rubber coating on the end of it where you might knock it against something, a really nice touch. If I had to complain about anything, id say i dislike the minimum focus distance and maximum magnification, but thats pretty much equal for all 50mm lenses across the board, simply put, i wish the lens focused closer and had a bit more in the maximum magnification department. But again, No other 50mm-class lenses that arent macros do either so its not something I see as a big deal. Oh and Sony's rear caps kind of stink compared to well..everyone else ive ever used (Nikon, Canon, Micro 4/3) I dont know what it is about them, but I dont like them very much.. Overall though, those are very tiny complaints and I feel this is probably the best general purpose 50mm-type lens in Sony's lineup right now. Dont hesitate to get one if you're in the market for or want a lens in this class.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing glass and VERY sharp

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    MrShinyCadillackness
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    This fantastic lens and should be in every photographers bag. The sharpness wide-open is stellar. Excellent AF, Eye AF, and IQ. It's light and small and doesn't take up much room. I mainly use it for portraits and shallow DOF video with a gimbal. The attached photo was taken in Newport, OR at the barking Sea Lion docks on a gloomy overcast day (1/1250th at f/1.8). It's a shame that BB is still compressing the images so you can't see the full details. Perhaps one day they will implement a new viewer that actually lets you view the images as uploaded. This one was uploaded well below the 2MB guidelines, but still crushed into oblivion. I'm a firm believer that if you want to have customers review items (especially camera gear and lenses), you don't want to destroy the images that temp your customers into purchasing said items. That said, you can view proper res images from this lens at a myriad of other true photo sites. Lastly, I applaud BB, as they seem to get better and more professional gear in stores each year at very competitive pricing. Having these items available in-store is also huge and lets you see/hold/try before you buy... Finally, I couldn't be happier with this lens. Buy one now!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome film lens! No distortions.

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    HollywoodJ
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    The lens is well constructed with a certified T* rating (T Stop) which means the transmission stop rates out as true to the F Stop with no loss or distortion of image due to the lens. Plus the 55mm lens provides no distortion of people and/or landscapes as this lens sees closest to what our eyes see hence it is the main lens used for portraits and filming. Side note: the 35mm lens greatly distorts people and landscapes (Good for weird photos - Bad for filming). F Stop 1.8 allows for very shallow depth of field providing a true cinematic look. Paired with a Sony 35mm full frame (sensor) camera it delivers stunning cinema quality filming. Side note: Go to EOSHD.com and download their Pro Color settings for said Sony camera thus delivering even more stunning imagery. Also remember to buy a Zeiss 49mm T* UV filter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding glass for lowlight and portraits

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    Cayman2013
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    I was excited to try this lens because I read so many reviews about how sharp it is and the wonderful bokeh it produces. My experience is every bit the same as I have read. The sharpness is fantastic across the full range of apertures, and that is why the price is so high. Cheaper F1.8 lenses have to sacrifice sharpness at the largest and smallest apertures, or they have rougher bokeh, or they are not sharp at the edges of the frame, or they don't render shadows as well, etc. You will be amazed at the quality and range of photos you can take with this lens, but it is especially useful for aquarium shots and indoor settings when you want a fast shutter speed with a low ISO setting. Enjoy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sony A7r2

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    fishinWITHwasabi
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    This is my first Sony camera and it has been awesome! There's so much to like about the camera so I'll name just a few. The image quality is amazing! The pictures you can get from this camera has met my expectations in all situations I have used it in, especially in low light. There's all kinds of good stuff to help it excel in that department such as in-body stabilization and quality lenses with large apertures. The autofocus works great. I mainly AF-Continuous with Eye AF and AF-Continuous Lock-on which locks onto a subject and it will continuously track that subject. One last PRO I want to mention is the very aggressive marketing/R&D by Sony and Zeiss. Zeiss lenses are amazing and they are one of the world leaders in what they do. CONS: - responsiveness is a bit laggy compared to other big brands - short battery life

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great performer though missing some features

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    SamP
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    THE GOOD: Sharp! Great contrast, fast focusing, smooth focusing, lightweight, great build. Minimal chromatic aberration wide open and controls flares fairly well. THE BAD: Price! For a nearly thousand dollar lens that is only an f1.8 I expect lens stabilization and or weather sealing or focus hold. Unfortunately you're paying extra for the Zeiss name. This is a solid $800 lens, not over $900 for the price. This lens would get a solid 5 star if for the price it had stabilization or weather sealing. Or without these features if it was priced lower accordingly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Finest Lens Sony Makes

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    dcisive
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    Sony makes a good number of quality FE lenses now. However of them ALL this one lens is the one that has NO negative characteristics and simply delivers not only the sharpest image a person could possibly ask for on either a A7II or a A7RII. It is a joy to hold as it's build is solid and smooth. Everything on the lens is quality and well executed including the smooth focus ring. The "bokeh" is about the finest one can get from any lens and easy to achieve as well. Focus is nice and quick and accurate. There is nothing but wonderful things to say and experience with this lens. It is in my opinion a MUST HAVE when you have an A series camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Prime Lens!

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    themzman
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    I was debating whether to buy this or the Sony FE 50mm 1.8 ($200). But, decided to drop the cash for the Zeiss lens and am not regretting it. The quality of photos are amazing and the lens is virtually silent, which is great for videos! The build quality is what you expect. The focus ring is smooth as butter. This lens will be my everyday lens for now. I highly recommend this for all A7/A9 owners, although works awesome with the A6000 series too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great walk around lens!

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    Robert
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    Sharpness is on par with it’s pricier sibling, the Sony Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. Except the 55mm is so much lighter. Making it a great walk around lens. Or you can just throw it in your bag and have it with you all the time because it’s so light and small. Only cons are pretty noticeable chromatic aberration, and the bokeh circles are not clean. They have concentric circles from the aspheric element. Overall though, it’s image quality and compactness make it an excellent lens for your bag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome lens

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    PFKS
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    I went in to BestBuy set on buying the 2.8 35mm Zeiss. BUT it was sold out, so I ‘settled’ for this. After getting the 35mm, I have to say, if I could only choose one, I’d get the 55 mm. I love the image quality and 1.8 aperture. I highly recommend it. It’s not too big. Super sharp and fast. Creates smooth bokeh.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazingly Small and Fast Prime for FE Mount Sony

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    Gary
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    This is a great prime that has an incredibly small form factor while still being plenty fast. It's incredibly sharp across the frame and perfectly pairs with the small form factor of my A7R II. My other prime in this relative focal length, a Sigma 50mm ART, is much larger and heavier, although the Sigma does have a closer focusing distance. That is the only downside I have found with this lens, that you have to be backed off from your subject moreso than I have to be with the Sigma. Even so, the compactness of this lens makes this a relatively small issue for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect portrait lens

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    gdbrekke
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    Switched to Sony from Canon and this lens is sharper than all my L glass, and I'm using it on the a6000. Can't wait to get my hands on an A7II to see how it performs on full frame. I've done about a dozen portrait shoots with this lens and it has all the qualities I'd look for in a lens - super sharp, nice out of focus areas, relatively fast focus, natural colors and solid construction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best 55mm in its class

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    skrama
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    I have tried the Sony 50mm, Minolta MD 55mm f1.8 and back in the day my Canon nifty-fifty. Among all the ones I tried this lens outperforms everyone else, of course its the Zeiss and much better build quality. Where it shines in comparison to other 55/50mm lenses is that the contrast is very good. Bokeh is better as well. I will update this review later with images after extensive testing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best prime lens ever!!!

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    Scot
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    Best lines ever especially when combined with the Sony A7R2. But any camera it's mounted to get superior photos. Crispin clean highly detailed accurate . only a very small amount of in the outing far off on the corners but with a backlit sensor and a bright enough subject will look fantastic . Amazing background blur. Incredibly fast auto focus. Focus ring is smooth . Autofocus and lock are incredibly fast and accurate. Standard flower petal lens hood is included and I recommend that you keep it on it at all times to protect it .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very very sharp

    Posted
    Nunyamor

    You can read all the good things about this lens by other reviewers and they are all true. One thing they don't mention is the chromatic aberration. It shows more chromatic aberration compared to the 70-200 F4 G lens. In fact the 70-200 F4 G shows almost no sign of that in almost all pictures I took with it with the A6000. I compare this two lens because these are the only lens I currently own. One size, I don't see any problem with this lens. Two things that would make this lens perfect are OSS and less Chromatic Aberration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best 50mm lens

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    lildavex

    i purchased this lens from best buy about 2 weeks ago to use it for a wedding. I used it with my sony a7,a7s,and sony a6000. this lens is amazing ! super sharp! and the AF is super fast and accurate too! if you have the money dont hesitate to buy this lens! i love it! next is the 16-35 or 70-200 ! ill try to post a pic i took with this lens at the wedding.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was looking for

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    MikeO
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    Beginner here, purchased to replace a7iii kit lens and very happy with the decision. Did a ton of research and boiled it down to the 55 and 85 but chose the 55 since I bought the camera to take photos of newborn. Light weight, smaller size, sharp and bokeh are all as advertised and as others have reviewed. Lens gives the professional look and feel I expect from expensive camera and glass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous close up quality

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    superrgeek

    The details you get when you’re close to someone or something is so crisp and clear, it’s flippin beautiful. And the movie quality is so cinematic. This lens is so so great. Between choosing to use the APS-C and the 2x zoom, it gives you really amazing distance without losing too much quality. Highly recommended. Using on AR7ii

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sharpest Lens I Own

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    PhotoMan
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    I purchased this lens due to its excellent repetition as being extremely sharp to use on my Sony A7Rii and Sony A6000. I have many legacy 50-58mm lens which I love but none are as sharp as the FE 55mm wide open. Some folks think that this lens is too perfect or too technical but I love the uniform sharpness across the width. I also love eye focus on the A7Rii and how fast focus is when using it on the A6000.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great lens very buttery!

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    socal949
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    I like this lens the most as it makes people look very good. it makes the background all buttery therefore people enjoy their pictures and it makes me look like a professional. the quality and design of this unit is great. no complaint. the price on the other hand is horrible. sony will not allow dealers to give any discounts. best buy is still the best place to buy something that has the same price everywhere.

    I would recommend this to a friend