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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
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
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonySonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 41 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Nice bokeh (27)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (23)
    • Strong construction (22)
    • Consistent output (19)
    • Lightweight (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Low light (22)
      • Weddings (15)
      • Night photography (13)
      • Landscape/scenery (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (10)
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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              5.0

              SUPERB LENS !

              By SAILINGTENNISBUM

              from Virginia Beach

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

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

                    VERY SHARP !

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                    5.0

                    Terrific lens

                    By Mochilero

                    from Mammoth Lakes, California

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        This is a surprisingly great lens. I essentially use only Canon L glass and am thrilled with the IQ from this little lens. Size/weight matches the A7r quite well; autofocus is fast and accurate.

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens

                        By Deepers

                        from NYC Area

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Not The Easiest To Swap

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Let start by saying that I've only used this camera with the lens a few times, so there's a lot more to be said when I truly test it out over the next few months.

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic lens!!

                        By Gav

                        from NZ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              This is a seriously good lens. Super sharp even wide open. Don't hesitate...

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                              (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Sharp, but is it worth it?

                              By Neal

                              from Evanston, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I compared this lens on an a7 with my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G on a D600. This lens, the 55, is slightly sharper in the center, and is pretty much sharp edge-to-edge. It is a bit soft at f/1.8, good at f/2.8, and excellent at f/5.6 and f/8. There is not much CA to speak of, which is my favorite part of this lens. The Nikon, by comparison, is never all that sharp in the edges, and has bad CA even at f/8. Since I am frequently using the lens for landscapes, this 55 is a better choice for me.

                              Autofocus is extremely quiet and fairly fast, and what I would consider "good" for a mirrorless system. It's basically a wash between this Sony kit and the Nikon kit, since the Sony does do some things better. It does not focus very close, and manual focus is "fly-by-wire".

                              The lens feels very solid, and the cap and hood both snap on nicely. There is no hood wobble.

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                              5.0

                              very happy I made this purchase

                              By pann

                              from seattle,WA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

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

                                this lens is so outstanding,If you like sharp images, this lens is a must have,great walk around lens

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                                5.0

                                What a great lens

                                By Frank A

                                from Nj

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

                                I wanted to get a zoom lens for this camera... But then i read reviews on how insane it is and i am so happy i bought it . So sharp !!!

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                                4.0

                                Yes, but...

                                By behyer

                                from Atlanta

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Yes, it's the sharpest lens you'll probably ever buy. Yes, it handles well, has great color reproduction and a nice bokeh. Absolutely fabulous. The but... is focus speed in low-light situations. Maybe I'm spoiled because I have a NEX-7 with the 24/1.8 Zeiss and the focus on it is practically instantaneous. And maybe the FE 55 is faster on the A7 (I have an A7R). So to sum up, great lens, must-buy, if you have an A7R expect the AF to be a little iffy at times.

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                                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Sharpest lens I've ever used.

                                    By Mfophoto

                                    from Charlotte, NC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Art Documentation
                                      • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                      I purchased this lens a couple of months after buying the A7r, what excited me at first was the camera's amazing resolution combined with the fact that it would be compatible with my Canon EF lenses using the Metabones Adapter. I decided to purchase this lens after seeing the review on DXOMark, and I have been very impressed with both the autofocus and the incredible resolution of this lens. I use it for quite a few different purposes, from stitching high resolution panoramas with my Gigapan Epic Pro, to fashion and art documentation. I have yet to see any flaws in the lens, aside from the fact that it is so sharp that sometimes the 100% zoom on portraits can be downright scary, I've never seen this kind of resolution from a 35mm full frame sensor. This combination holds up really well against the Phase One P40+ with the 80mm Schneider L/S that I use at work. It's the sharpest lens I've ever used....

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                                      5.0

                                      GREAT LENS ON A GREAT PLATFORM

                                      By onthehhokphoto

                                      from Eastham, MA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Night Photography

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

                                        Just got the lens and have used it once thus far for some street shooting. Very sharp images with a creamy bokeh. I especially like that it is so lightweight without compromising on the quality of the elements used. I've moved from a D300 with a 17-55 2.8 which by comparison felt like I was carrying around a cinder block all day and often times made me very noticeable on the street. Now with the a7 and complimentary lenses, I have a smaller, lighter, faster, full frame replacement with many more features. What could be better?!

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome!

                                        By Rick

                                        from Seymour, TN

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Nice Bokeh
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            I'm no pro! But with this lens and the A7R I sure take photos like one!

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                                            5.0

                                            Outstanding Image Quality.

                                            By Paul3nt

                                            from Rancho Santa Fe, CA

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Easy Af In Poor Light
                                            • Fantastic Corner Iq
                                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                            • Good Af In Low Light
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Strong Construction
                                            • Superb Corner Iq

                                            Cons

                                            • Slight vignetting

                                            Best Uses

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

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

                                            Wow! The image quality produced by the FE 55 at F/2.8 on the Sony A7r is too good. Why too good? Because it forces you to focus very very carefully to take full advantage of the superb resolution obtainable from this lens. Have used it for portraits and now I prefer it to the all-time best portrait lens, the Sony Zeiss 85mm F/1.4 (Alpha mount, Sal 85F14z.) The FE 55 incorporates a modern ultra-sonic focussing motor, which may be a first for a Zeiss lens, whereas the "Carl Senior" 85F14z, circa 2002? has no focussing motor and must be focussed manually. On the fantastic A7r where accurate focussing is a MUST, the FE 55 is simply is easier to use while producing comparable images. The focal length difference 55 c.f. 85 is no big deal, with the FE55 - A7r combination simply digitally enlarge the image in your post-processor.

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                                            5.0

                                            Perfectly compliments my A7R

                                            By Bal DEO

                                            from Vancouver Canada

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

                                            I never thought there would be another lense that could replace my canon 50mm 1.2L. Sharpen even at f1.8. Love the classic Zeiss design with black metal construction, a buttery smooth focus ring, and great optical results.

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                                            5.0

                                            The Best I've Ever Had

                                            By Andrzej Kyn

                                            from Framingham, MA

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Reviewer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Nice Bokeh

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

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

                                                Thanks to Sony A7r APS-C Size Capture, I have two high performance F1.8 prime lenses (55mm and 83mm) for the price of one.

                                                The Morning Frost photo was taken with APS-C Size Capture (15MP) for better telephoto coverage and perspective. I didn't notice any loss of image quality at all. The lens is fantastic.

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                                                5.0

                                                Great lens

                                                By RenoSlim

                                                from Sierra Nevada's

                                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                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 love this glass.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    A high quality standard fixed zoom

                                                    By Devid

                                                    from New York, NY

                                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Consistent Output
                                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                                    • Lightweight

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                                      This standard fixed zoom lens is very sharp even with full aperture f/1.8. The optical quality is consistently supreme from f/1.8 to f/22, which most of other 50mm lens can not beat. I own a Canon 50mm f/1.2L, but that is not comparable even with aperture goes down to f/1.8. Except the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4, so far this is the second best standard fixed zoom lens I have seen. Given its price and weight, Zeiss has done an amazing job!

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Outstanding Value

                                                      By Jim

                                                      from Texas

                                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

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

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • A Good All Around Lens
                                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                                        Used for portraits and travel.
                                                        Extremely clear and fast auto focus.
                                                        Light weight. An outstanding value for the price. Great bokeh at f/1.8.

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