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Sony SEL55F18Z Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Alpha NEX Lens

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  • Focal Length: 55mm, Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Lens Type: Fixed, E-mount Full Frame
  • Aperture (Min/Max): 22/1.8
  • Magnification: 14x
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)
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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SEL55F18Z
  • Lens Type: fixed-zoom
  • Minimum focal length: 10
  • Maximum focal length: 30
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.3 x 8.1 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00FSB799Q
  • Item model number: SEL55F18Z
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2013

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Sony Camera Lenses SEL55F18Z

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The performance, dollar for dollar, is a steal.
Huckleberry
This lens has all the great Zeiss hallmarks - wonderful build quality and SUPERB optical performance.
Islander77
At 1.8 the lens is still razor sharp with good bokeh.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Michael Catacutan on December 23, 2013
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One thing I see often in comments from reviews are people complaining about a price for a 55mm f/1.8 lens. Oddly enough they complain with zero experience with the lens.

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.
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I didn't believe in the so called Zeiss 3D quality on IQ till I purchased this lens. I have the Sony A7 and had been using the kit 28-70 lens for a while. I was very disappointing with the image quality from the lens. I almost wanted to return the camera with the kit lens because the picture quality I got from Sony's setup is not even close to the Fujifilm X series ILC.

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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W on January 16, 2014
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I have had this lens for less than 24 hours, but have taken quite few photos with it in that time. I can report that this lens is better than good, and better than excellent. It is tack sharp throughout its f-stop range, has little or no flare, and no chromatic aberration that I can detect. The IQ of the lens is pleasant and realistic, with good and clear rendering of colors and detail. Contrast is excellent. The autofocus works well and works quickly on my Sony A7R body under all but the dimmest of light conditions. There is, unfortunately, no hard stop for the lens at infinity (the lens focus ring will go past infinity when manually focusing). I like this lens more than the Sony 35mm 2.8 Zeiss lens. Bokeh at f/1.8 is surprisingly good and smooth for isolating subjects. I also have a Leica M camera and lenses, including the latest version of the 50mm Summilux f/1.4 lens. In comparison to that lens, the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 is not nearly as well built, and does not render as nicely. But at one-fifth of the cost, the Sony/Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens comes surprisingly close to the mark in terms of the images it produces, and is an outstanding lens in its own right. Also, and unlike the Summilux, it's an autofocus lens that focuses quickly and accurately. I would definitely buy this lens again. For $1,000 this is a whole lot of lens. I would even go so far as to say that this lens is a steal at $1,000.

Update: None of the above opinions have changed after using this lens for several weeks. This is a superb lens.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Justin Holt on January 17, 2014
i have been tremendously happy with my sony rx100 but recently decided to upgrade to the a7r for the interchangeable lens capability. this is a full frame monster of a camera, but what makes it shine are lenses like this 55mm full frame 1.8. it is an absolute dream to shoot with. every photo is tack sharp even wide open (just make sure your shutter speed is 1/100 or faster when handheld). its a wonderful portrait lens and i cannot stress enough how sharp and crisp the quality of the photos are when using this lens. its shocking. and the fact that its built specifically for this e mount camera, i would definitely say it is a must have in the bag.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wat on January 7, 2014
I was a bit hesitant to pay the high asking price, but all the "pro" reviews were glowing so I took a chance and very glad I did.

This lens is sharp wide open right from f/1.8. The focus is fast and the build quality feels top notch.

I've only had the lens for about two weeks, but so far it has never left my a7. I've used the kit 28-75mm lens and a variety of Nikon lenses adapted with the metabones adapter. The kit lens is quite nice for general purposes and adapted lenses are cool to make use of what you already have, but you have to deal with manual focus which is not ideal for fast moving subjects like kids (it can be done, just not convenient).

If you like the 55mm focal length, this is a no brainer and must have.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on January 2, 2014
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I love this lens, I also own the 28-70 Kit lens with my A7. (As well as many canon lenses I use with my metabones adapter.)

This lens seems to render everything perfectly. Contrast is perfect, backgrounds are tastefully blurred, bokeh is pleasing to look at... I just cannot say enough good things about this lens. My only gripe is the price, but its more than well worth it.
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