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

reviewer#36829 date: Apr-12-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:* Sigma ART HSM 35/1.4 via LA-EA3
* Sigma EX DG HSM 85/1.4 via LA-EA3
* Zhong Yi Mitakon Speed Master 50/0.95
price paid:$515 USD
positive:* Super light
* AF on A7II is snappy
* Very compact
* Sharp
* Great colors
negative:* Not as "fast" as a 1.4 but also not nearly as heavy.
* Well balanced on the A7II (less so on the A6000)
comment:This is a very nice lens. Very nice. It's a full frame lens, so it's 50mm on the A7 line and about 75mm on the A6000 line. It is a dense piece of metal and glass, but it isn't heavy like the Sigma ART 50mm/1.4. It is a bit heavier than the screw driven Sony A-mount 50mm/1.4.

The weight is less than the Speedmaster 50/0.95.

AF is good and SILENT. EyeAF and lock-on works with this lens on the A7II. While I don't normally use a 50mm because of the 35mm, I can see this being a good walk around lens.

The MFD does present a bit of an issue at 50mm in a close indoor space. For that, 35mm is a better choice.

When you have this lens on the A7* cameras, it feels GREAT.

Manual AF with this lens is... ok. Because of the fly by wire, it's not nearly as nice as the A-mount lenses or the fully many lenses.

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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