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

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; 61MP61 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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 27
  • sharpness: 4.91
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.78
  • distortion: 4.93
  • flare control: 4.85
  • overall: 4.89 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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