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Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed
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- Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
- Focal Length: 55mm, Filter Diameter: 49mm
- Minimum Focus Distance: 19-11/16 inches (.50m)
- Lens Type: Fixed, E-mount Full Frame, Lens not zoomable
- Aperture (Min/Max): 22/1.8
- Magnification: 14x
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Sony E (NEX)||Sony FE||—||ALC-SH150||Sony E (NEX)||Sony E (NEX)|
|Focus Type||Stepper motor||auto-focus||Auto/Manual||auto-focus||Stepper motor||Piezoelectric|
|Item Dimensions||2.8 x 2.52 x 2.52 in||4.09 x 3.43 x 4.69 in||8.3 x 5 x 5.5 in||4.49 x 3.82 x 4.69 in||2.36 x 2.52 x 2.52 in||4.41 x 3.11 x 3.11 in|
|Item Weight||0.62 lb||6.56 ounces||2.9 lbs||1.19 lbs||7.05 ounces||1.39 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Prime lens||standard-zoom||medium-telephoto||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||85||28 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||0.8||28 millimeters||35 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||49 millimeters||49 millimeters||—||67 millimeters||49 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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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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The build-quality is sublime, as expected from a Zeiss-branded lens. Focusing movements are precise and smooth. The f/1.8 is bright, and provides bokeh often described as “creamy.” Given the small-ish size, the lens sits well on the A7R iii camera body. It also feels well-balanced on the smaller and lighter a6500; however using this lens on a crop-senor camera like the a6xxx series you will have a 35mm equivalent focal length of about 78mm, which is more appropriate for portraitures than using it as a standard 55mm lens (which is pretty close to what our eye sees). The quality is great either way, just be mindfull this is an FE mount and therefore optimized for Sony’s Full-frame line of cameras.
One noticible omission is a lack of optical image stabilization (OSS) built into the lens. Not an issue per-say as Sony’s A7 and A9 series have built-in 5-axis stabilization, which is what this lens was built for, thus negating the need for additional in-lens OSS. Even the a6500 has built-in stabilization, but if one intends to use this on an a6000 or a6300 for portraits you may be disappointed by the omitted OSS.
Attached image: A7R iii 1/80 second, f/8.0, 12,800 ISO. Original JPEG straight from the camera with the other being a 100% crop. Please note, the high HSO of the image will soften the image to a degree. Most people will not shoot at 12,800 ISO.
Most importantly to me, I am an avid hiker and when I do take pictures of models/subjects I do so at remote locations. Before I moved to a mirrorless full-frame, I was lugging my heavy 50/1.4 and my mirrored full-frame camera for 12(+) miles per hike up and down mountains. That got old and painful quickly and not to mention that the general bulk of what I was carrying was inconvenient for my packs and inconvenient for climbing. I believe this lens is the perfect size for a small mirrorless professional system and has 99% of the image quality needed for all but the very 0.1% of studio shoots or where the extra subject isolation of a F/1.4 (or less) lense is absolutely needed.
This lens is a must for any FE-mount Sony Owners out there.
In the past, the prime lenses I used the most were the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, and the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 (which is actually 90mm and the depth-of-field is actually about f/3.6 in 35mm equivalent).
What I love about using the 55mm f/1.8 with the a7RII, is that besides the great performance of the optics (image quality, accurate/speedy autofocus), I can also put the a7RII in Super 35 mode and use the lens as a 82.5mm f/2.6, which doubles the usefulness of this already wonderful lens. I don't even feel like I need to get the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 anymore, since that will add another lens I need to carry around, not to mention the extra cost. Of course, shooting in Super 35 mode will get you only about 18 MP, but that's plenty enough for most people's needs.