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

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; 61MP61 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.
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.

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
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania