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Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens - SEL55F18Z

Abt Model: SEL55F18Z | UPC Code: 027242868175
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14x Magnification/ 49mm Filter Size/ E-Mount Full Frame Lens Type/ f/1.8 Aperture Max/ 55mm Focal Length/ Black Finish
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Sony Black Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens - SEL55F18Z

Get the extra speed and brightness of a large F1.8 maximum aperture in a conveniently compact design, plus high performance 55mm full frame format. This Carl Zeiss® Sonnar T* mid-range zoom lens provides the perfect pair for Alpha a7 Series full frame cameras.

Specifications:

  • Optics/Lens Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)
  • Magnification: .14x
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Lens Type: E-mount Full Frame
  • Aperture (Max.): f/1.8
  • Aperture (Min.): f.22
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 55mm

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 2 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Limited Parts And Labor
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Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens
 
4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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    (22)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (4)
  • Consistent output (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easily interchangeable (3)
  • Nice bokeh (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Seamlessly functioning lens with the Sony a7R body

All systems are go with this perfect full frame lens for the a7R body. Every electronic setting of the a7R can be adjusted to work the optics of this lens. Focus is spot...Read complete review

All systems are go with this perfect full frame lens for the a7R body. Every electronic setting of the a7R can be adjusted to work the optics of this lens. Focus is spot on; apochromatic images are a7R-perfected; and, as a result, they have depth, extremely high resolution, and clarity. The results are far superior to my medium format film camera. All automated functions of the a7R integrate seamlessly with this lens. For example, Clear Image Zoom makes this prime lens into a video zoom lens; e. g., Clear Image Zoom 2X through the Sony FE 55 mm F/1.8-F/22 Carl Zeiss prime lens, takes it up to 110 mm telephoto. Thereby, this lens can take portraits with spectacular F/1.8 bokeh or close ups with exquisitely detailed F/22 razor-sharp compositions. In a manner of speaking, just as our brains compensate for optical illusions, the A7R compensates for my brain not wanting to carry a weighty macro- or zoom lens everywhere. Of course, there are technical tradeoffs, but the point is that advanced electronic-optical hybridization in this system introduces flexibility. A large lens hood comes in the box with the lens. The hood twists on a bayonet mount and compactly reversibly mounts. Always use the hood out of doors, but it needs to be removed when using flash during macrophotography. I recommend a 49 mm Sony Zeiss Skylight & protector filter, invisible because of compatible lens coatings. Also, a 49 mm polarizing filter is useful. If you use a filter, get a new one because scratches and smudges on old filters may cause flares and this lens is unforgiving. The body and lens is so lightweight that I have them with me all the time. As a result, all of my pictures are so remarkably distinctive that everybody wants them.

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great lense, just dirty inside

I purchased this lense, had to return it because its dirty inside from manufacturing(chromatic aborations everywhere). I received the second lense to replace the first one, that lense was even dirtier...Read complete review

I purchased this lense, had to return it because its dirty inside from manufacturing(chromatic aborations everywhere). I received the second lense to replace the first one, that lense was even dirtier inside. Not happy and not sure what to do anymore. waiting back for response from the place I purchased it from as to what I can do. if sony had more choices for lenses, i would just get something else. but the selection of lenses is pathetic.

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5.0

must have

By 

from Forest Hills, New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

    Excellent lightweight, Great Image Quality, Very good in Low Light, Bokeh

    Service and delivery comments:

    Fast Delivery and well Packaged

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    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome Lens

    By 

    from Niles, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        This is my first full frame camera and my first full frame lens. That said I think this lens is as good as all of the reviews describe it. 55mm on a full frame is a bit "tight" but it works well for candid family portraits. It also seems to work fairly well with small group photos as long as you are willing to move around. My biggest adjustment coming from "zoom" lenses is that all of the "zooming" is done by me. Overall I am very impressed with this lens and would buy again.

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        5.0

        In comparison to the 50mm 1.4 Zeiss.

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        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        Well, I had to scratch that itch folks. I own the 50mm 1.4 Sony Zeiss and bought an A7. Couldn't resist the need to compare. What can I say? This lens is sharp- stupid sharp. At 1.8 compared to the 50mm 1.4 at wide open...the 55 is sharper in the center and less CA. Almost non-existent CA. Side by side they are negligible at F2 and down, but the 55 comes out ahead in terms of corner sharpness. I see it as a preference. It's a bigon design where the 50mm is a planar. For portraits I personally find the 50mm more pleasing in how it renders bokeh. But really, the differences are splitting hairs. For the price, I think it's safe to say that the 55 is pretty much a steal and a system mover lens. It's also really small and light- I was caught off guard by this. Differences between 1.4 and 1.8 are almost non existent. The 55 was an excercise in what could be done when optimal conditions were met in terms of focal length and speed. Zero complaints- how could you? Great job Sony.

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        1.0

        great lense, just dirty inside

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        from 58801

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        I purchased this lense, had to return it because its dirty inside from manufacturing(chromatic aborations everywhere). I received the second lense to replace the first one, that lense was even dirtier inside. Not happy and not sure what to do anymore. waiting back for response from the place I purchased it from as to what I can do. if sony had more choices for lenses, i would just get something else. but the selection of lenses is pathetic.

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        5.0

        Absolute best obtainable lens you can buy.

        By 

        from Pensacola FL

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        The single most Must-have lens out of all the Nikon/Canon/Sony bodies I've had. Currently the only FE lens I have for my A7ii.....and I'm still ok with that.

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        5.0

        Guest 55 mm lens

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        from Renton, WA 98056, USA

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        Bought this as a standard lens for my A7R. Razor sharp with great color accuracy.

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        5.0

        Super Sharp little GEM!

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        from Orange, CA

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        This is one of the sharpest 50mm lens I've ever used. It's also silent and fast so what else could you ask for. I just don't understand why some people buy a third party manual 50mm lenses such as Voigtlander, Leica, etc... plus adapters when this lens is "native" and can perform at the same level or better not to mention that you can use it in auto as well. Some may argue that the a F1.2 or f1.4 is the reason to get a third party expensive lens, however, until you see the sharpness and silky butter feel bokeh on this lens, you'll never know how good it is. All A7, A7R, and A7S owners should have one of these lenses in their photo bags. I know mine doesn't leave my camera.

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        5.0

        Best native lens yet for A7!

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        from 95658

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        The FE 55 1.8 is flat out a great lens. Edge to edge a top performer. Have used it for landscapes, with a close focus tube for macro shots and portraits. Probably the best overall lens I've ever used. Hopefully more lenses in the FE line will live up to this.

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        5.0

        As "advertised" - Tack sharp

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        from 94087

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        Really sharp (as others have commented). Great focal length for portrait or general use. I've used it a bit for landscape, and photo merge multiple shots when I need a wider field of view. Works OK, but 35 mm is also very sharp, and perhaps better for some landscape shots.

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        5.0

        Superb Lens

        By 

        from los angeles

        Comments about Sony Sonnar T FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Camera Lens:

        This is one of the very finest lenses I've ever owned or tried. Using with the 36mp a7r which will show up any weakness. Superior resolution, color rendering, and contrast. It's very good even wide open. Has excellent bokeh. Focuses accurately.

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