Sony Carl Zeiss FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Sonnar T* E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 23   
reviewer#44030 date: Mar-16-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:K/M 75-300 Big Beercan
K/M 35-70 4
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
K/M 50 1.4
K/M 50 1.4 N
K/M 50 1.7
K/M 85 1.4
K/M 85 1.4 G D
K/M 70-210 4.5-5.6
K/M 70-210 3.5-4.5
K/M 70-210 4 Beercan
K/M 20 2.8
K/M 24 2.8
K/M 28 2.0
K/M 28 2.8
K/M 35 1.4
K/M 35 2.0
K/M 100 2.0
K/M 135 2.8
K/M 300 4.0
K/M 17-35 2.8-4
K/M 28-80xi
K/M 28-135 4-4.5
K/M 35-70 3.5-4.5
K/M 80-200 2.8 G
K/M 80-200 2.8
K/M 75-300 4.5-5.6 NEW
K/M 50 3.5 Macro
K/M 35-105 3.5-4.5
K/M 100-200 4.5
K/M 24-105 3.5-4.5
K/M 100-400 4.5-6.7
K/M 24-85 3.5-4.5
K/M 28-85 3.5-4.5
K/M 28-105 3.5-4.5 RS
Sigma 18 3.5
Sigma 18-35 1.8
Sigma 28 1.8
Sigma 24 1.8
Sigma 500 4.5 APO
Sigma 800 5.6 APO
Sigma 75-200 2.8-3.5
Sigma 15-30 3.5-4.5
Sigma 24-70 2.8 HSM
Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 OS
Sigma 10-20 4.5-5.6
Sigma 18-50 2.8-4.5 OS
Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 OS
Sigma 55-200 4-5.6 OS
Sony 16-80 3.5-4.5 ZA
Sony 24 2 SSM ZA
Sony 50 1.4 SSM ZA
Sony 85 1.4 ZA
Sony 135 1.8 ZA
Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
Sony 18-55 II
Sony 70-400 4-5.6 G
Sony FE 28 2.0
Sony FE 35 2.8 ZA
Sony FE 55 1.8 ZA
Sony FE 90 2.8 MACRO
Sony E 16 2.8
Sony E 18-55 3.5-5.6
Sony E 16-50 3.5-5.6
Sony E 18-105 4.0
Tamron 90 2.8
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Tamron 200-400 5.6 LD NEW
Tamron 35-105 2.8
Tamron 20-35 3.5-4.5
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Tamron 28-300 3.5-6.3
Tamron 20-40 2.7-3.5
Tokina 35-200 4-5.6
Deitz 28-200
More, I just can't remember
price paid:698 USD
positive:Sharpness
Colors
Build
sub $1000 price
negative:none
comment: Superbly sharp lenses. Great size for the body. Great performance for the price. I didn't think I'd use this focal length this much.
reviewer#43028 date: Mar-7-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony Zeiss 24mm
Sony 50 1.8 (APS)
Sony 85 1.8

price paid:~1200 AUD
positive:Solid lens, superbly sharp
negative:Focus distance
comment:Having been spoiled by the SEL24ZA and it's close focus the only quibble I have is the focusing distance! Otherwise it's crazy sharp and solidly built
reviewer#42992 date: Jan-21-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Manual Zeiss CY 50/1.7 with Novoflex adapter. Which is very sharp
price paid:EURO 900
positive:Ueber sharp like hell
Flare resistance
negative:The blue Zeiss logo attracts the wrong people. Black gaffer tape did the job
Dangerously sharp
comment:Did I already mention that it is very sharp?
reviewer#36829 date: Apr-12-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:* Sigma ART HSM 35/1.4 via LA-EA3
* Sigma EX DG HSM 85/1.4 via LA-EA3
* Zhong Yi Mitakon Speed Master 50/0.95
price paid:$515 USD
positive:* Super light
* AF on A7II is snappy
* Very compact
* Sharp
* Great colors
negative:* Not as "fast" as a 1.4 but also not nearly as heavy.
* Well balanced on the A7II (less so on the A6000)
comment:This is a very nice lens. Very nice. It's a full frame lens, so it's 50mm on the A7 line and about 75mm on the A6000 line. It is a dense piece of metal and glass, but it isn't heavy like the Sigma ART 50mm/1.4. It is a bit heavier than the screw driven Sony A-mount 50mm/1.4.

The weight is less than the Speedmaster 50/0.95.

AF is good and SILENT. EyeAF and lock-on works with this lens on the A7II. While I don't normally use a 50mm because of the 35mm, I can see this being a good walk around lens.

The MFD does present a bit of an issue at 50mm in a close indoor space. For that, 35mm is a better choice.

When you have this lens on the A7* cameras, it feels GREAT.

Manual AF with this lens is... ok. Because of the fly by wire, it's not nearly as nice as the A-mount lenses or the fully many lenses.
reviewer#36800 date: Mar-26-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:World class lens!
negative:Nothing.
comment:The only competition is OTUS for a price that is X4
reviewer#32714 date: Nov-29-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:any sony sony lens
price paid:670 euro new
positive:small, sharp, fast, color
negative:price :)
comment:best lens for a7 series
reviewer#24483 date: Feb-3-2016
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:ZA50/1.4 Planar. I'd say both are on par, with slight advantages on the Planar.
price paid:749 € new
positive:Built quality, haptic, colors, contrast
negative:Bokeh fringing can be disturbing. Heavy vignetting. Both easy to correct in post.
Drop of sharpness up to f4
comment:The Sonnar is a very good lens, and it has no big issues. The real and only downside is the drop of sharpness towards the borders on the 42MP sensor if your image requires sharpness end to end.
reviewer#24472 date: Jan-20-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony A-mount 50mm f/1.4
price paid:$750
positive:Sharp wide open. Beautiful bokeh. Small and light.
negative:Price, but you get what you pay for. Tiny filter size (if this is indeed a negative).
comment:This is the finest f/1.8 50-ish lens I have ever used. Paying $1K retail (I bought this grey market) for a 1.8 50-ish lens is insane. Then again, I am blown away by the rendering. 3D effects are easy. Shooting this wide open is an experience unlike any I have had with a 50mm. It blows the A mount 1.4 out of the water.
reviewer#19381 date: Oct-15-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY FE28f2.Sigma A 35f1.4. Sigma A 50f1.4. Zeiss FE55f1.8. SONY FE85f1.8. Zeiss 135f1.8. SONY SAL 70-200f2.8G
price paid:£508.00
positive:Very sharp. Well made. Compact, light and fast to focus.
negative:Looks a bit skinny on the camera.
comment:A truly good lens that makes images with a look all their own. A must have lens with the A7r3.
reviewer#14236 date: May-2-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50/1.4 A mount
Sony 50/1.7 A mount
18-55 E mount
55-210 E mount
price paid:600€ used
positive:very sharp
build quality
negative:size
weight
hood size
comment:This lens is just wonderfull
82.5 mm equiv it is wonderfull on APS-C for portrait

I love it and would like to try it on A7 or A7R (when I can afford one)

edit : wonderfulll to use with an Alpha 7. Bokeh is great and the transition from focus zone to out of focus is exceptionnal
reviewer#12184 date: Mar-14-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Loxia 50
Sony 50/1.4 ZA
Sony 85/1.4 ZA
price paid:1000USD
positive:Extremely sharp
Nice bokeh
negative:No aperture ring
Fly-by-wire focus
No distance scale
Lens hood too big
A bit long for a "50mm"
comment:Optically superb but AF with the A7R is not so great
reviewer#12150 date: Feb-26-2015
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50 1.7
Minolta 50 2.8 macro
price paid:998.00 US
positive:Really sharp
fast focus
Great colors and contrast
Balances well on the a7II and a7R
negative:None at this time.
comment:You can tell that this lens was made for the A7 series cameras, it balances well on the cameras, and just feels right. The images are awesome, really nice Zeiss color that pops off the screen. My first use with the lens was on a rainy gray day and the first shots really turned out well with lots of contrast. The lens focuses really fast even in low light I have not had any issues, compared to my Minolta 50 1.7 and marco 2.8, with the sony LA-EA4 adaptor. The macro I know always hunts in a/f in good light, but the 1.7 usually does a decent job, this lens blows them away for focusing. Sharpness it still wins, my copy of the 50 1.7 is sharp for the most part from 3.2 on the macro is sharp at 2.8 on but I am no pixel peeper, the Zeiss is even sharper I believe, will do some more shooting and give an up date later. Yes it cost a lot, but it gives back a lot so in my opinion it is worth the money.
reviewer#12009 date: Oct-24-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A mount Sony 300 2.8 MK2
A mount Minolta 400 4.5
price paid:£600 a pakage deal
positive:Sharp
Great colour.
Solid build.
negative:No IS, not an issue with me.
comment:I'm a kingfisher photographer. I use long lenses with the A99.
I used the RX100 MK2 as a pocket camera, for general photography, but it lacked something, so I tried the A7R with the FE 55 1.8 and just loved it.In sharpness it compliments my 300mm & 400mm primes.
My future is to use the A99 above 300mm and the FE lenses with the A7R from wide up to 200MM.
reviewer#11878 date: Jun-24-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:cron 50/2
cz 50/1,4 za
minolta 50/1,4
price paid:6590 hkd
positive:lightweight
terrific sharpness
it pops up
negative:missing oss
comment:it really delivers all promises
tested side by side with a m9+cron 50/2 it won hands down
no contest with the elder brother a-mount
what else to say?
reviewer#11838 date: May-21-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I had it side to side with the Otus , and its very very close .

I've had the 50ZA for A-mount and I would say this lens is much better , and way much better for CA

it stands up perfectly with the 135 ZA for color and IQ .

price paid:
missing
positive:sharpens, IQ ,
negative:nothing at the moment
comment:an excellent lens, I am really surprised how this lens performs on the A7r. It's true that 50mm is my favorite focal so its a perfect lens for me , and is now always on the camera . I have the feeling that I would be fine only with this lens .

Perfect with extension tubes for macro too .
reviewer#11817 date: May-7-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/3.5
Sony 50/1.4
Minolta 50/1.4
Tamron 90/2.8 Di
CZ Planar 50/1.4
price paid:998
positive:Sharpness
Color
Contrast
Small
Light
negative:Serial number is on a sticker
comment:This is my favorite lens ever made. I love the 50mm focal length, and this lens alone was worthwhile for me to switch from a-mount to e-mount. This lens is really the brass ring. It has the superior sharpness, color, and contrast that Zeiss manual focus lenses are known for. The SSM is a tremendous asset. It is a very bright f/1.8 lens, due to the transmission being t/1.8. I cannot get this lens to flare as much as I try. The hood is really superfluous.

The micro-contrast makes boring images pop. AF is nicely quick and pretty accurate.

If you are a 50mm shooter, this lens is worth switching for. Sharp corner to corner from f/5.6. At f/1.8, the lens is sharp over the center 80% of the frame.

I never thought I would find a lens sharper wide open than the Minolta 80-200 HS G, but I have.

This lens, while not as dainty as the 35/2.8, is wonderfully small and balances extremely well on the a7. When coupled with the 24-70/4, it is an amazing kit.

My only gripe is that the serial number for the lens is on a stupid sticker. What happened, Sony? Do a bit of C-N-C on the barrel before assembly and do it right. Not good for a $1k lens.
reviewer#11731 date: Mar-18-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 50mm f/1.7
- Minolta 50mm f/1.4
- Sony Zeiss 16-80 f/3.5-4.5
- Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.4
- Sony Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 (FE)
price paid:1200 USD (new)
positive:- Small and light weight
- VERY sharp in center already from f/1.8
- VERY sharp in corners already from f/2.8
- Nice Zeiss-contrasts and colors
- Beautiful and smooth bokeh
- Relatively low chromatic aberration at f/1.8; issue disappears entirely from f/2.8 and onwards
negative:- Mild tendency to vignetting at f/1.8; disappears gradually and is not visible from f/2.8 and onwards.
- No SSM
- No OSS
comment:Tested on Alpha 7R and NEX 6N.
This is probably the ultimate 50mm for the Sony FE-platform (and E-mount in general). It's very, very sharp and delivers the well-known Zeiss-quality contrast curves, with naturally punchy colors.

The build quality is below that of my Zeiss 135mm f/1.8, but that's not a bad thing; it makes the 55mm much more portable in terms of weight, and whether it's sitting on either the NEX 6N or the Alpha 7R, it feels RIGHT.

I also have the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 for FE, and the "grand plan of Sony" can definitely be felt when walking around with only these two primes. Both are incredible in quality and fast to work with, and even with the A7R, you're very lightly packed.

When compared to both of the Minolta 50mm primes, the Zeiss easily wins. Even the better Minolta 50mm f/1.4 doesn't stand a chance in ANY discipline, and visually, the Zeiss 55mm wins in a manner that everyone can appreciate - even people who doesn't pixel peep.

The bokeh quality of the Zeiss is SO MUCH BETTER than on my old Minolta 50mm f/1.4, but please not that my Minolta isn't the RS-version with rounded aperture blades. Since the Zeiss has rounded aperture blades, it's hardly a battle between these two in this discipline.

Compared to the Zeiss 16-80, it's pleasing to see that the 55mm delivers higher quality output overall. The color rendition and contrasts are very Zess-ish for both, but the 55mm wins everytime a comparison can be made. The most obvious is the vignetting tendency; as the 16-80 is really bad in this respect, but sharpness gets a big knotch up too.

Compared to the Zeiss 135mm for A-mount, the 55mm wins in terms of lower chromatic aberration; which is the achilles heel of the 135mm. But sharpness is pretty much on par between these two lenses, and the same can be said for colors, contrasts and bokeh. Of course the 135mm can deliver even creamier bokeh thanks to its longer focal length coupled with the large f/1.8 aperture, but the quality itself is very comparable, which is an admiring trait for the 55mm, as it costs less than half the price of the Zeiss 135mm.

I'll recommend the 55mm for:
- Specialized portrait and model shoots
- General purpose shots in general

The autofocus is fairly fast, but as both of my E-/FE-mount cameras only features contrast detection, this obviously becomes an achilles heel of the 55mm, and it actually loses to the 135mm, as the LA-EA4-adapter transforms the Alpha 7R into an SLT-performing phase detection autofocus.
reviewer#11722 date: Mar-11-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss Planar 50/2 ZM
Sony E 50/1.8
price paid:1300 USD
positive:IQ, contrast, microcontrast, flare control, distortion, build quality.
negative:price
comment:The lens that is worth enough to enter a new system. It is great, with plenty of revies over the internet.
But, if any of the dedicated labs (DXO and others) would test this lens against other legacy 50mm primes (such as Planar 50/2 ZM or the Leica options) I would be very interrested if this lens has anything else to offer, except AF. The Zeiss Planar 50/2 ZM that I have give me similar results all over the F stops.
reviewer#11709 date: Feb-28-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony A-mount CZ 50mm f1.4
price paid:abt 750 EUR
positive:Reference lens
negative:Pricey (at list price)
comment:This lens is just awesome. It's on par with CZ 50 for A-mount, and fits perfectly on A7R
reviewer#11699 date: Feb-17-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Canon 50L, Sigma 50mm f/1.4N, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
price paid:$999
positive:Razor sharp, nice combination of size, weight, balance, love the lens shade which is also the nicest design I've ever seen. Gobs of contrast.
negative:As much as I hate to admit it, it was really worth the money but more than I thought I'd ever spend on a relatively slow 50. All of my reservations were put to bed once I saw the first few frames from just testing in our kitchen.
comment:As much as I hate to admit it, it was worth the money. The lens really delivers on sharpness, contrast (loads of it), and the fit and finish overall is over the top. You can shoot directly into pointed light sources even wide open and there is little to no flare--very impressive.
reviewer#11606 date: Jan-14-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony FE 35/2.8
Sony Nex 50/1.8
Sony Nex Carl Zeiss 24/1.8
Leica M 50/2
price paid:1100 USD new
positive:Superb sharpness & contrast. Great colours too.
Excellent build, yet relatively light.
Quiet and quick focus action.
negative:Filter size: Outer rim must not be "oversize" otherwise the hood will not go on. Some B&W filters are a little bigger and have this issue. Just test with hood before buying.
comment:Great companion to the 35/2.8. Highly recommended.
reviewer#11591 date: Jan-7-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Summicron-M 50/2
Zeiss ZM Planar 50/2
Zeiss ZM C-Sonnar 50/1.5
SEL50F18
SAL50F18
Canon EF 50/1.8 II
Contax G 45/2
Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.1
Many many more...
price paid:799€
positive:-Fully usable wide open
-Extreme resolution, even wide open from extremly sharp
-Compared to other fast 50mm lenses low vignetting
-Zero visible distortion when shooting JPEG
-Very good bokeh
-3D Pop
-Low weight
-Extreme contast
-Very fast and virtually noiseless AF (only aperture makes sounds)
-Optically nearly as good as much more expensive Zeiss Otus or Apo-Summicron-M 50/2
-Good resistance to flare
-Damn it's simpy awesome :)
negative:-A little distortion in RAW files
-Slight vignetting wide open on FF
-Price
-Bokeh (see comment)
-Size (especially with hood) could be smaller
-Front element is quite unprotected
-No OSS
comment:The best ~50mm I've ever had (and I had really many!).
A word about the bokeh:
The bokeh is not perfectly smooth wide open, it reminds a bit of older Sonnars like the 50/1.5 (aswell as Jupiter-3), but like the older Sonnars it get's smoother stopped down. Even if it's not perfect, on potrait distance the bokeh is usually very pleasent for my taste wide open; it adds a little character.
reviewer#11542 date: Dec-13-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50Z
price paid:1100 (new)
positive:Sharpness, weight, metal build, lenshood with metal parts, fast AF, silent af
negative:No DMF
comment:What a nice tiny lens. Feels really solid in hand. Has metal parts and the best, in opposite to the plastic hood of the SAL-50Z, this lens got a partial metal lens hood back. Congrats Sony!!

reviews found: 23   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 23
  • sharpness: 4.98
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.83
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.83
  • overall: 4.92

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