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

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; 61MP61 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.

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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