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Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

You Pay: $998.00
Product Highlights
  • Sony E Mount Full-Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction

The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is a prime, normal focal length lens featuring a very fast and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture to support working in dimly-lit conditions and for greater control over focus for shallow depth of field imagery. The sophisticated Sonnar optical design enables high resolution and sharpness with optimized low-light shooting capabilities. A Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity.

Additionally, a dust- and moisture-resistant construction ensures this lens' use in tough environmental conditions.

This prime normal-length lens features a bright f/1.8 maximum aperture to benefit working in low-light conditions and for greater control over the plane of focus.
Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating lessens lens flare and ghosting for contrast-rich imagery with sustained color neutrality.
Dust- and moisture-resistant design enables ensured performance when working in inclement environmental conditions.
Nine-blade circular diaphragm enables a smooth out-of-focus quality that is well-suited to shallow depth of field imagery.
Performance
Focal Length 55mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony E (Full-Frame)
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 42.9°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' (50 cm)
Magnification 0.14x
Elements/Groups 7/5
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Autofocus Yes
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.54 x 2.78" (64.4 x 70.5 mm)
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
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  • Lens Hood
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  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonySonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
     
    4.9

    (based on 58 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (39)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (33)
    • Consistent output (31)
    • Strong construction (29)
    • Lightweight (28)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (31)
    • Night photography (22)
    • Weddings (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (14)
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    24-70mm is not a substitute!

    By Sony convert from Nikon

    from .

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

      I love my 24-70mm Sony lens! I wondered if I really needed the 55mm but have noticed since I've been shooting it that it really helps in low light. If you can swing it, GET BOTH!

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gem

      By Egill Bjarki

      from Hong Kong

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

          This little lens delivers image quality I have only seen in medium format until now. Initially, I though it was a bit over prized, especially compared to a 50mm f1.8 for a Nikon or Canon DSLR. You really should rather be comparing this beast of a lens to the new Zeiss Otus monster. I consider this lens to be a must have, it will unlock the full potential of the Sony A7R.

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          5.0

          Top Quality Prime

          By Scott

          from Saint Louis, MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

            I had heard good things about this lens before I bought it and I don't think anyone will be disappointed. It's a rather large 55mm, a bit longer than one might expect, but otherwise preforms excellently both wide-open and stopped down. Bokeh is very creamy and the lens will meet your isolation needs every time. It's clearly the top performer of the early Sony FE lenses and probably deserves to be in nearly every A7 series owner's bag. 55mm makes a classic street lens or walkabout prime. Highly recommended.

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            5.0

            Zeiss 55mm FE lens

            By Al

            from Green Lane, PA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

              As an artist in landscape, portrait and street photography.
              Extremely sharp lens, almost unreal.
              Honestly I can't say one bad thing about this lens.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This Lens is awesome!

              By Wichita Lensman

              from Wichita, KS

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                I bought the Sony a7S with the 55mm f1.8 10 days ago. The lens is tack sharp. The focus is quick as shown by the action shot below. I love the depth of field options as shown by the detail of the children in the foreground and the blurred crowd in the background in the second shot.

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                5.0

                Perfect

                By Brian

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Photography

                  Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                  I have this on my a7. AF is fast and images are incredibly sharp. Great for portraits and streetphotography. Lens is light and feels well balanced on the a7.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Buy It

                  By Joe

                  from Western North Carolina

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                      Bought it as starter for A7, even though I hated spending the money and was worried it would be too big (seemed large compared to DSLR 1.8 50 primes). Once I got it, though, it didn't seem large at all. About the same width as old manual glass. Length is a little longer, but if you put a DSLR 50 prime with an adapter on an A7/R, it'd probably be about the same length. Now that I've got it, I love it. Fantastic sharpness, quick AF, comfortable size for handling. Seems pricey compared to cheap 50 primes from competitors, but has fantastic build quality and optics. Every bit as good as my other pro glass; plan on having it and using it for years. Highly recommend. Note: takes 49 mm filter; they're cheap, so be sure to get one to protect your investment.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      So far so sharp

                      By Noe

                      from Queens, NY

                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                      I've only had the lens for a few weeks now but so far it has lived up to the hype. I was using some older Nikon lenses on my a7R and they worked great. The problem I was having with those lense was the chromatic aberration. I was also getting a lot of color shift from shot to shot but with this 55 1.8 I have seemed to solve those issues. As far sharpness, you already know the thing is arguably the sharpest lense on the market.

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                      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      "Zeiss through and through."

                      By journeyswiththemessiah.

                      from Alpharetta, GA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Great For Everything

                        Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                        After testing both the a7 and a7r, I tested the Zeiss 55, 35 and 24-70. Although I will add the 35/2.8 to my a7 system, the 55/1.8 reminded me of my earlier days of using Leica M Rangefinders and superior primes. This is an amazing lens, delivering edge to edge sharpness even wide open. The color is outstanding and the bokeh is creamy and perfect for portraiture...just as we have come to expect of Zeiss lenses. The build is solid.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Bokeh

                        By Jack

                        from Placentia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                          Great Bokeh, good portrait lens

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                          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Oh my g.., this lens is amazing!

                          By Eric

                          from San Francisco, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Night Photography
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                            I just got this lens for my A7S. I'd say it hasn't left the body, but that would be a little disingenuous since it's the only lens I have for the A7S. But WOW, the pics that I've been taking! The level of sharpness and wide open is incredible. All of my photographic dreams are coming true with this combination. I've attached a couple of OOC photos that I've taken lately. I wish I could attach more, the lens is that good.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Money well spent!

                            By rmzNYC

                            from New York

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                            Love this lens, the best lens so far made by Sony-Zeiss. I bought this lens for my A7. IMHO this is better than the 24mm 1.8 that I'm using for my NEX 7. A must for the A7.

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                            5.0

                            Best fast 50 for Sony FE mount.

                            By viktas

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                              I have been using my copy on a a7r and can easily use it on my a6000 also with a crop factor of course. Crispest, cleanest colors even in low light I have even seen. Comming from a 5D3 and a host of lenses. Drop Canon for this form factor and loving it. Will love it even more when I get all my lenses but for now using sel10118, 55 FE f1.8, Sigma 150 f2.8 macro with adaptor of course and want a lighter macro set up later. Also a6000 with 16-50 for my youtube videos and 55-210 for some tele. Build is great and even lovelier at a weight saving plus the great form factor. Although others say can be faster a f1.8 on FF is much better then a f1.4 on a crop. This is the go to lens for the a7r.

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                              5.0

                              Beutiful color rendition

                              By RmzNYC

                              from NYC

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                    I have Zeiss 24 1.8 for my nex 7 that I loved dearly. Now that I have A7, I decided to get this one. I wasn't disappointed by this lens. The pictures are tact sharp. It looks like a 3d sometimes. This lens is a true keeper.

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                                    5.0

                                    "Mini Otus"

                                    By Carbon111

                                    from Mukilteo

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Image quality
                                    • Nice Bokeh
                                    • Sharpness

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                      For its size it's reasonably fast at f/1.8 but what really makes it a winner is the image quality! This is easily one of the sharpest normal primes I've ever shot, hence my "Mini Otus" title for this review.Compared to Canon L and Leica M glass, this little beauty holds its own, especially for the price.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Auto focus lens!

                                      By L Fong

                                      from New York. NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                      Cons

                                      • Expensive

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                      Probably the best autofocus lens they make for the Sony A7/R.

                                      The lens is super sharp even at Maximum aperture.

                                      Super expensive for a 1.8! Wished Sony made this a 50mm .

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                                      5.0

                                      Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens by Sony

                                      By Tina

                                      from salem oregon

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Night Photography
                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                        Loved everything about this lens

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                                        5.0

                                        A GREAT PIECE OF GLASS

                                        By OL HASBEEN

                                        from Illinois

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                            I'm a retired, or tired, professional photographer. In my working life, before the "L" lenses I saw only 3 super sharp lenses, one in a thousand kind of lenses; one was a screw-in 50mm f 1.8 Super Takumar (?), a Canon 50mm f 1.4 and a Rolli Planar f2.8. Every other lens I've owned for 4x5, 21/4x31/4 35mm were just lenses; good but not great. Now comes the 55mm Sonnar T FE f1.8! This thing is scary sharp! It is probably the sharpest 35mm normal lens I've every shot. Period! Using this lens on an alpha 7r is amazing. If all of them are like mine, I'd say, get it-you'll love it! It sure would be nice if it was possible to make zoom lens that approached this sharpness.

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                                            4.0

                                            new FE 55mm F1.8 for my A7

                                            By Ahuang

                                            from Elmhurst, NY

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Nice Bokeh
                                            • Rugged
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Indoors/Low Light
                                              • Night Photography
                                              • Weddings/Events

                                              Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                              I got A7 with kit lens from HK, the kit lens is average, I use mainly for video.
                                              Sonnar T FE 55 mm is my first prime lens for my A7, it's light, handy and responsive.
                                              The image is sharp. Before FE 55mm, I used nikon 50.1.4, The FE55mm is sharper than Nikon 50mm,

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                                              5.0

                                              Hate to admit it, but it was worth the $

                                              By pmrphoto

                                              from Knoxville, TN

                                              About Me Pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Consistent Output
                                              • Durable
                                              • Easily Interchangeable
                                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                              • Nice Bokeh
                                              • Razor Sharp
                                              • Solid Contrast
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Environmental Portraits
                                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                                • Night Photography
                                                • Portrait photography
                                                • Video
                                                • Weddings/Events

                                                Comments about Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens:

                                                I'm an old school photojournalist guy that back in the 80's would never have been caught dead with a 50mm lens of any kind. As I learned to do environmental portraits, especially in tight spaces later on doing corporate work, I discovered the 50 as a great lens for medium portraits and even for sports coverage. I really struggled pulling the trigger on a $1000 50mm lens but I did it and have not regretted the purchase. The 55 Sonnar constantly produces breathtakingly sharp images that even my clients notice. Hitting the zoom button on my A7 and A6000 is a pleasure as it's always shocking to see what kind of resolution you get even at 400%, on a preview image. The lens is not only sharp but also has excellent contrast and makes it easier in post to get the snappy images I like to make. combined with Sony's recent sensors, which are really great, the 55 combo on my A7 is a really nice way to work. I find myself reaching for the 55 on jobs when maybe I shouldn't--finding excuses to use it when another lens might be more appropriate. In short, it's worth the cash and I have no regrets...

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