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Saw that one. Your NEX 6 has (better) phase detect AF then the contrast only NEX 7.
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And from the review it seemed he used some kind of "wide" AF setting since it focussed on the background rather than the subject. Low light can indeed be a problem but if you use the center spot and put that on the subject it's nearly impossible for the camera/lens to focus on the background. So it's also a question to know your camera and optimise the settings for your specific use case.

I can't test it for you anymore, I gave the lens away to a cousin of my wife after I got the the CZ 55/1.8 but I mainly use that on FF while my NEX6 and A6000 are mainly used with my WA zoom (10-18).
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Very pleased with the three Viltrox lenses I bought a while ago.

56mm f/1.4
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Usefull for both video and stills on my NEX-6, NEX-7 and NEX-VG.
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My E-mount lineup isn't very big.

Camera is an A7R.

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FE 20mm F1.8 G
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Sonnar FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
FE 24105 mm F4 G OSS
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hello forum, can I ask a question here about the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8? I see it shows up in a some line ups.

I read here and there the construction is weak, something with the gears inside. Is this true or exaggerated?

I just sold some MF lenses and now a used 55mm f/1.8 is getting into reach. I will use it on APS-C and maybe the lens will not fully deliver. If the gears are weak it might not be the best choice.

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The FE 55mm F1.8 ZA was the first lens I bought when I bought the A7R. As far as I'm concerned, the build is very good, nice a solid. I haven't had any issues with any of mechanics of the lens. It focuses quickly and quietly on my A7R.
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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

hello forum, can I ask a question here about the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8? I see it shows up in a some line ups.

I read here and there the construction is weak, something with the gears inside. Is this true or exaggerated?

I just sold some MF lenses and now a used 55mm f/1.8 is getting into reach. I will use it on APS-C and maybe the lens will not fully deliver. If the gears are weak it might not be the best choice.


There are no gears in it, but the linear AF mechanism is glued together and is known to fail. There is an article at Lens Rentals discussing this. The first copy I bought was badly decentered, which may stem from manufacturing that glued connection. Many older Sony FE lenses used similar construction.

The plastic gearbox in the cheaper 1.8/50 is likely more robust--I've taken that lens apart, and put it back together.

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Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

hello forum, can I ask a question here about the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8? I see it shows up in a some line ups.
I read here and there the construction is weak, something with the gears inside. Is this true or exaggerated?


Anything and everything can break! And nothing is perfect! Don't spend too much time reading those posts online. That can result in too much "brain damage"! Mine is 10 years old and going strong, but I don't have time to take photos of brick walls and such! Just make sure if you are buying a used lens that the seller will guarantee it if there is a problem. Buying new has the advantage of a manufactures warranty but of course, probably at a higher price, and the FE 55 1.8 ZA is not one of Sony's lower priced lenses.
Also if you are buying used, always check here on Dyxum for members selling gear. That's probably safer than buying used else where, unless you have a local camera store that is selling used gear and can guarantee your purchase. In any case I've never heard of the FE 55mm f1.8 ZAA being a "dog"! Of course it is true that Sony has greatly improved manufacturing and design and performance of their newer lens since the 55mm f1.8 was first introduced.

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Originally posted by AudioDoc AudioDoc wrote:


Anything and everything can break! And nothing is perfect! Don't spend too much time reading those posts online. That can result in too much "brain damage"! Mine is 10 years old and going strong, but I don't have time to take photos of brick walls and such! Just make sure if you are buying a used lens that the seller will guarantee it if there is a problem. Buying new has the advantage of a manufactures warranty but of course, probably at a higher price, and the FE 55 1.8 ZA is not one of Sony's lower priced lenses.
Also if you are buying used, always check here on Dyxum for members selling gear. That's probably safer than buying used else where, unless you have a local camera store that is selling used gear and can guarantee your purchase. In any case I've never heard of the FE 55mm f1.8 ZAA being a "dog"! Of course it is true that Sony has greatly improved manufacturing and design and performance of their newer lens since the 55mm f1.8 was first introduced.



Okay, thanks all for the advice. I have seen a used (mint) 55 f/1.8 lens in a camera shop with waranty and a good price. So I think a little bit more about it, might do it to make my transition form A mount to E mount complete (if that ever would be possible, haha...).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 January 2024 at 09:59
Originally posted by Raabje Raabje wrote:

Okay, thanks all for the advice. I have seen a used (mint) 55 f/1.8 lens in a camera shop with waranty and a good price. So I think a little bit more about it, might do it to make my transition form A mount to E mount complete (if that ever would be possible, haha...).
There are several Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8 lenses in Dutch shops at the moment - Cameranu.nl has one for 499,- with one year warranty, it is not mint but very good. I paid 499,- for mine as well.

Mine works fine, it is really nice on full frame. It probably is as nice on crop (as I said elsewhere I use a Sony 50/1.8 OSS on crop). You will enjoy it!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raabje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2024 at 17:31
One more question. I think I am gonna stay on APS-C for a long time, no need to go full frame. I see there is a Sigma 56mm f/1.4 too. So how does this lens compare to the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 for APS-C? A new Sigma has the same price as a used Sony Zeiss.Is there someone with experience with these two?
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The Sigma 56/1.4 is highly regarded. You might want to read this comparison between the Sigma 56/1.4, Sony 50/1.8 and Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/e-mount-lenses/sony-e-50mm-f-1-8-vs-sigma-56mm-f-1-4-vs-sony-fe-55mm-f-1-8/

If you're open for third party lenses, the Viltrox 56/1.4 might be an option as well.
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

The Sigma 56/1.4 is highly regarded. You might want to read this comparison between the Sigma 56/1.4, Sony 50/1.8 and Sony/Zeiss 55/1.8: https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/e-mount-lenses/sony-e-50mm-f-1-8-vs-sigma-56mm-f-1-4-vs-sony-fe-55mm-f-1-8/

If you're open for third party lenses, the Viltrox 56/1.4 might be an option as well.


Thanks for that review, that was a great read.

The Sigma is a no-brainer, but my heart still wants the Zeiss. But I cannot go wrong with either. I can always switch later if I feel the need.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Raabje Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 February 2024 at 20:16
The update is that I just ordered a used Sigma 56mm. When it is delivered in a few days, my line up with Nex-6 will be Sony Zeiss 24mm f/1.8, Samyang 35mm f/2.8 and the Sigma 56mm f/1.4. There is some room for improvement or expansion but I think I have a solid base here. The Sigma 17mm looks interesting.

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