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

reviewer#45701 date: May-10-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.7
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:Samyang 45/1.8
Sony 35/1.8 OSS (on APS-C)
Canon EF 50/1.8 II
price paid:€499,-
positive:Colour and rendering.
negative:The metal lens body is fine but lacks any controls.
comment:This lens is really nice. I always thought I would buy this lens when I wanted a normal prime lens in E-mount. But I bought the Samyang 45/1.8 and was disappointed. So, I bought this one. Nice colours, great bokeh. It is a pleasure to use. I feel it is not the sharpest lens I own, but it is more then sharp enough, hence, 4.5.

AF is silent and quick.

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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