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

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Designed for use with most Sony a7-series full-frame cameras with an E-mount, this Sony SEL55F18Z Sonnar FE ZA lens features a Carl Zeiss T-star coating that enables you to achieve clear, detailed shots with minimal ghosting.

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    What's Included


    • Front and rear lens caps
    • Lens hood (ALC-TBD), lens case
    • Owner's manual
    • Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens for Most Sony a7-Series Cameras

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (158 out of 162)

    Features


    Compatible with most Sony a7-series full-frame cameras with an E-mount

    For use with your existing camera.

    Carl Zeiss T-star coating

    Helps you take photographs with a high level of contrast and uniformity and minimal flare and ghosting.

    55mm fixed focal length

    Allows you to capture a variety of scene types.

    0.14x magnification

    Enables you to bring subjects into clear view.

    f/22 minimum aperture and f/1.8 maximum aperture

    For optimal light gathering, resulting in clear, detailed images.

    5 aspherical lens elements and 1 ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element

    Positioned in an advanced optical design help reduce aberration and distortion for sharp visuals.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 162 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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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

      Posted
      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

      Sony A7r2

      Posted
      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome film lens! No distortions.

      Posted
      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

      Posted
      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

      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!

      Posted
      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best 55mm in its class

      Posted
      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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    • The Imaging Resource!Rating, 4.8 out of 5November 21, 2013
      Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL55F18Z Review
      The new Sony FE 55mm ƒ/1.8 ZA Zeiss Sonnar T* lens is a fantastic fast prime lens for the Sony A7R and A7 full-frame mirrorless E-mount cameras and gives shooters a "normal" focal length perspective that's great for portraits and streetFull Review



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