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Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed
|Price:||$998.00 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- Focal Length: 55mm, Filter Diameter: 49mm
- Lens Type: Fixed, E-mount Full Frame, Lens not zoomable
- Aperture (Min/Max): 22/1.8
- Magnification: 14x
- Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ALC-SH131|
|Compatible Mountings||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 2.52 x 2.8 inches|
|Item Display Weight||9.91 ounces|
|Item Weight||0.62 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.50 m|
|Material Type||All-metal construction|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||7|
|Number of Groups||5|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Style Name||US Version|
From the Manufacturer
Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Full-frame E-mount Prime Lens
Renowned Carl Zeiss contrast and resolution brings out the best in α7 series full frame E-mount bodies. The T* coating works with an innovative optical design to suppress internal reflections, for sublime contrast from highlights to deep blacks. In keeping with the Sonnar concept, a large F1.8 maximum aperture can produce beautiful full-frame background bokeh, but you also have the option of stopping down for extended depth-of-field. A bright lens like this is also an advantage when shooting indoors or outdoors in low light. Linear motor driven internal focusing is smooth and quiet, and a dust and moisture resistant design ensures consistently reliable performance.
When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.
Aspherical lens elements
Aspherical lens design dramatically reduces spherical aberration while also reducing lens size and weight. Spherical aberration is a slight misalignment of the light rays projected on the image plane. This is caused by differences in refraction at different points on conventional spherical lenses which degrade image quality in large-aperture lenses. Specially shaped “aspherical” elements near the diaphragm restore alignment of light rays at the image plane, maintaining high sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture and can also be used at other points in the optical path to reduce distortion. Well-designed aspherical elements can reduce the total number of elements required in the lens, thus reducing overall size and weight. Advanced Aspherical (AA) elements are an evolved variant, featuring an extremely high thickness ratio between the center and periphery. AA elements are exceedingly difficult to produce, relying on the most advanced molding technology to consistently and precisely achieve the required shape and surface accuracy, resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality.
Carl Zeiss T* (T-star) coating
Coated optics were pioneered by Carl Zeiss - and this superb lens features the Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating that virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection and light scattering that can otherwise occur at glass-to-air surfaces. The T* coating contributes to outstanding image quality, with high contrast and uniformly excellent resolution right out to the image edges. Not simply applied to any lens - the T* symbol only appears on multi-element lenses in which the required performance has been achieved throughout the entire optical path, therefore guaranteeing the highest quality.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient if you’re using a polarizing filter.
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Top Customer Reviews
I just purchased this lens on amazon and it arrived in time for a wedding I shot just yesterday. It performed brilliantly. 95% of my shots were done wide open at f/1.8 and almost 100% of the images were in focus, minus a few that were from user error (accidentally switched off auto iso, resulting in a slower shutter speed indoors).
The lens at 1.8 is so sharp, it's quite refreshing and locks on focus quickly.
I had no problems at all with auto focus though I will say my 5d3 did focus faster indoors. But the a7 and 55 still performed well.
Outdoors at around 4pm with the sun at a beautiful spot, shooting was almost too good.
My primary use for this lens is to get nice bokeh and and I couldn't be happier. In some instances, it has this quality about it that I can't explain but have always read about. I guess its a Zeiss thing (my first and definitely not last).
So I would say, if this is in your budget, you won't be disappointed with the quality of the images produced. Then add the fact that it's weathered sealed, it's definitely worth the price. My 50L is now up for sale.
This lens really release the potential of Sony A7 system camera. Focus under good light is pretty fast, the image rendering is just unbelievable, sharp on focused subject and the bokeh on the background/foreground are just simply stunning.
It is on the expensive side but it is worth every penny. This lens is really a must for all A7 users.
Update: None of the above opinions have changed after using this lens for several weeks. This is a superb lens.
Larger prints seriously make you feel like you could literally reach into them. The clarity and very controllable resolution, perfect color and believable contrast sell enough EXTRA prints that it will have paid for itself in another week or two, so the admittedly sky-high price is, in the end, pretty easy to swallow. The performance, dollar for dollar, is a steal.
It's not cheap by any means, but as much as I hate to constantly repeat myself, you get what you pay for. In this particular case, you get AT LEAST what you pay for, and if you generate income with your camera, this is an unusually solid investment that yields returns very quickly.
If you own the a7R and DON'T have this lens, shame on you.
There is ONE *auguably* sharper lens on the planet, but it isn't autofocus and costs 4-6 times the price of this. Once the sticker shock abates, it really is a no-brainer.
This is one of the highest rated lenses on the market, Sony or otherwise.
Won't get much better with any other lens (as at August 215), and for a similar price (around $US900).
Therefore, if you are going to get just one very good, general purpose, Sony E mount, full frame FF lens for around $US900, this is a very good choice.
Other options, in the full frame series, are the Sony 35mm/2.8 FF (~US$600), and the 35mm/1.4 FF (~US$1600). I got the 55mm/1.8 over the 35mm/2.8 due to the lower fstop, meaning brighter and better pictures in lower light, including a desire for milky way shots with a tripod at night. (and the 35mm/1.4 is also much more expensive).
At 55mm, it's very good for portraits, general street photography, indoor use, and can also be useful for some architecture and landscapes. At fstop 1.8 is also very good for night/astronomy photos, with the help of a tripod.
It’s a full frame (FF) lens, which are designed for full frame Sony A7 series cameras; however you can use it on NEX series Sony cameras but it’s not really worth it, as you pay way more for this lens which won’t give you any better quality on those NEX series cameras than other, cheaper lenses which are specifically made for the NEX cameras.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thankfully, it feels very good to be able to buy good products at low prices.Published 7 days ago by Troy Hoover
Must-have lens. I was reluctant to buy this lens since I had a Nikon 50mm that can be adapted to my A7 mark II. But once I got this lens it becomes my favorite lens. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Khoivu
image quality is generally very good, but there is some distortion that annoys me. I was using a "nifty fifty" on Canon and it had NO distortion at all. Read morePublished 24 days ago by J. Gordon
I really do love this lens. Bought it used here through Amazon. The lens is SHARP, and the auto-focus with this lens is spot on. I'm using it on a Sony A7R ii. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Mah
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