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

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; 61MP61 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.

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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