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Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar T* : Specifications and Opinions

Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar T*

The Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar T* is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2013. The focus is done by Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 777 €;
90 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless fullframe and APS-C Sony.

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 Focal lenght   55 mm
 Angle of view   43°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.8
 Aperture blades   9
 Lenses/Groups   7 elements in 5 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.14x

 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   49 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   281 g
 Dimensions   64 x 70 mm
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sent on March 09, 2020

Pros: Light, good image quality, construction, colors

Cons: It doesn't make me cry "to the miracle" but I don't see any flaws

Opinion: I decided to sell my 85mm GM because I wanted something a shorter focal and especially smaller and lighter than the 85mm. In this I have achieved my purpose. I move much better doing street with a 55mm that weighs less than 300g compared to before with an 85mm of almost 900g. So I don't regret making that choice. For everything else, however, this 55mm has not thrilled me yet and maybe never will. Speaking of what I do not like I would say that even the size could be even smaller. At the end of the day it's a 55mm f1.8! The first impressions, of the first months of use, were not exciting. I felt it inferior to everything I had read about him until that day. Then, after taking him out of the car for a few weeks, I gave him a new opportunity. In the meantime I changed the setting of my af and now it's like I have a new lens in my hand. Now it gives me satisfaction. I still do not consider it a phenomenon but, now that we have become friends, I have finally started to rejoice and receive images that I like and that give me satisfaction. Before, using it on the A7rII in AF-S I had a good percentage of photos not perfectly in focus and therefore it was also fallacious the perception of its intrinsic sharpness. Now it is very good even at ta and enhances even more something that I liked right away. The colors. I don't know how much of Zeiss there is in this lens but the colors, for sure, are much more Zeiss than Sony! Beautiful indeed. Speaking of blurry and "magic" after having the 85GM........ I get a little sick. However this 55 has character and "stamp" and this is what I have always looked for in a lens. So now I feel good and I get what I want. I'm satisfied. As usual some who reviewed it have counted among the flaws silly things as the price is aesthetics. The flaw, by definition, is an unexpected thing that one was unaware of. The price is high but you know it before you buy it. The aesthetics....... we are talking about a pair of shoes to wear on Sunday or a lens to be mounted on the machine with which to take pictures????? My current kit consists of 28mm (fabulous) and this 55. In two they weigh less than half a kg and I keep them in my pocket. For my kind of photography these are things to be counted in the merits. Recommended. Vote 9 MS

sent on February 15, 2020

Pros: compact, light and crisp

Cons: Price

Opinion: Purchased from about a month I have to say that I am very satisfied:used on the 7RIII behaves really very well, pleasant the out of focus. Fast firing and precise diaphragm. The sharpness seemed to me decidedly good,likely next purchase other optical series zeiss. Really a nice 55, to consider if, like me, you do not own an 85 mm!

sent on January 14, 2020

Pros: Construction, size, weight, yield

Cons: Minimum focus distance, price

Opinion: Great lens: crisp, precise, quiet and fast. The price is quite expensive for a 1.8, but the yield is very good. I chose it as small and light, otherwise I would have opted for the 50 1.4 ZA, which has an extra gear but is a bulky boulder. I use it on A7III and overall I am very satisfied with the purchase.

sent on January 04, 2020

Pros: bokeh, sharpness, colors, fast and precise af, construction, compactness

Cons: price, minimum focus distance

Opinion: A lens that At first I underestimated, using it little (I'm not one from 50ini but more from 85mm) but then I re-evaluated in an extremely positive way. Sharp already at full opening, very light but built very well, it is a fantastic handyman, if I had to go out with a single lens would be this. The color yield is fantastic, it suffers a thread of full-open aberrations but nothing unsolvable, and the full-opening sharpness is slightly lower than the Samyang 50mm F1.4 or Sigma, but there is always talk of excellent sharpness and it is a compromise to which you have to go meeting given the size practically halved compared to the little brothers. the minimum distance of focus is unfortunately a distant thread, but here it is the quality of the bokeh that dominates: it is a poetic, modern optics and that for portraits or for the street is perfect, has character and a great detachment of the floors despite being a 1.8 does not make me regret most of the 1.4. I read that some people were disappointed by the construction, but I don't see how: it's all metal, the lampshade is also partly metal and partly rubber to absorb the bumps, the focus dial is precise and the design on my own is excellent. A lens that is not "perfect" but that you can fall in love with, absolutely recommended

sent on September 11, 2019

Pros: Sharpness, blurry, colors, af, light and compact, construction...

Cons: Price?

Opinion: A lens that you love or hate. I personally, left the initial skeptics and trying it on the field, I'm adoring it so much that the 85 FE for the kind of shots I prefer stays locked in the backpack since I bought this 55 :D Focal in my opinion ideal for portraits set or semi-set, whole bodies and half busts with excellent sharpness already at 1.8 that closing slightly (and here I steal the term used in another review because I particularly liked) becomes 'moving'. Excellent rendering of colors and backlight but graphics and technicalities I leave them to the most experienced. I really like the blurring and the "detachment" although it clearly depends on light and background. Af fast and silent. I preferred it to that boulder of Sigma Art despite the price lined up (except offers) because of the small size and the reduced weight sacrificing a little brightness. Let's talk about the price: it's true, 800-900 euros are quite especially if you think it's "only" a 1.8 and maybe I would never have spent them but I found on Amazon an attractive and including cashback offer cost me in total about 540 euros, clearly new. In my opinion even if the quality there is all the "right" price is between 500/600 but I would have been satisfied even if I had bought it in full :)

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