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Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens with Circular Polarizer Kit

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Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens with Circular Polarizer Kit
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
In addition to adding the fast normal prime lens to your camera bag, the Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens with Circular Polarizer Kit from B&H also includes a versatile 49mm circular polarizer.
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Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Overview

By B&H Photo's
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens
Premier Portrait Prime
A perfect pairing for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras, the Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens offers excellent resolution and a bright f/1.8 aperture for photographers looking for a high-performing normal-length prime.
ZEISS Optical Design
  • Based on the ZEISS Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with seven elements in five groups that helps achieve the large maximum aperture of f/1.8 while simultaneously reducing flare and improving contrast.
  • Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture allows users to create images with shallow depth of field and work in low-light conditions with relative ease.
  • Three aspherical elements, including two double-sided, are incorporated in the lens design to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other monochromatic aberrations.
  • ZEISS T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections in order to provide greater image clarity, contrast, and color fidelity.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
Autofocus and Design
  • Linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Hoya 49mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter

The Hoya 49mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.

A circular polarizer only differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.

This filter is non-coated and has approximately 96% average light transmission. It is constructed from optical glass and precision milled aluminum frames.

Helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface.
Polarizing filters arrange, and filter, directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of the light.
Clears up haze in distant landscapes and provides more saturated, vivid colors.
Strongest effect when used at a 90° angle from the sun.
Circular polarizers are ideal for use with digital cameras and autofocus lenses where a linear polarizer will often disrupt auto exposure and focus features.
Non-coated.
Approximately 96% average light transmission.
3 to 4x filter factor reduces exposure by 1.6 to 2 stops.
Constructed from optical glass and precision milled aluminum frames.
Plastic filter case for storage and transport.
UPC: 024066056146

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

Focal Length55mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View43°
Minimum Focus Distance1.64' / 50 cm
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design7 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size49 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.54 x 2.78" / 64.52 x 70.61 mm
Weight9.91 oz / 281 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8 x 4.4 x 4.3"

Hoya 49mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter Specs

Filter TypeCircular Polarizer
Filter Factor3x (1.6-Stop) to 4x (2-Stop)
Circular Size49 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet49 mm
CoatingsNone
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.8 x 3.8 x 3.05"

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

Hard to love/fall in love with

By maxim
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-23

Okay, so I still haven't sold this lens-but every time I shoot with it, I swear that I am going to do so imminently. Here's why: The 55mm focal length is awkward, like dancing with one foot slightly longer than the other. It's always just a bit too tight for normal and not quite tight enough for telephoto. The sharpness/contrast is just unflattering and offensive. It makes people appear old and displeased-looking. And in low light the colors get distorted even more. It's as if they've tweaked the knobs to make an MTF chart look good and let everything else go to pot, with no consideration for whether a human being would ever want to look at it. I bought this strictly off of reviews, and my strong advice is that you should find a way to rent or borrow one before purchasing. I can't rightly explain it, it's Zeiss but tainted in some way...I haven't sold mine yet just because I want to be really sure that it's the lens and not me, but I really think it's the lens. For reference, I have an adapted manual Zeiss 50mm 1.4 Planar ZE, Zeiss 35 f2.8, Zeiss 85 1.8 for my A7RIIIa. I love all those lenses and the 'Zeiss rendering'...but the 55 just ain't got it.

Crazy sharp lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-28

One of the sharpest lenses I've ever owned. It's madness.

Great Lens

By Racheal
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

Great lens. Fast & sharp.

I love this lens.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

I'm surprised to love the lens as much as I do. I expected it to be a tad clinical, precise but no oomph. I was mistaken. It has soul. It renders beautiful color and layered presence. It is sharp from corner to corner, very fast and very accurate AF. Terrific in low light. I've never been a prime devotee cuz I like the flexibility and freedom that a good zoom can provide. But this lens has been on my a7R4a since I received it 3 weeks ago. And, of course, typically flawless B&H customer service and delivery all around. I'm a very happy shutterbug.

Love, love, love this lens...

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-18

And to think I almost returned it. Using a new a7r IVA, I've bought and returned a couple of other lenses, looking for something I can sort of glue on to the camera. I bought a couple of Tamron zooms (17-28mm and 28-70mm) with the thought that these two would cover most of what I do. Street, landscape, general screwing around. I also bought this to try. I was going to send it back, but then I spent a few hours with it and changed my mind. Beautiful: Color, bokeh, focus, sharpness. This lens has the "soul" I've been looking for. I also bought and returned the 25mm Loxia, but had trouble with the manual focus. But that was a premature return, and I may give it another shot. The Zeiss optics really are stunning.

Not your Basic Nifty Fifty

By Ernesto
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

This lens has stood up to the test of time. The Sony Sonnar T 5 f1.8 ZA is as sharp as they come. I have paired this lens with the Sony A7C and it hasn't come off since the day I attached it. This lens is sharp corner to corner and it's a decent size and weight.

An Outstanding Lens, Besides One Critical Flaw

By Jacob
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-13

This lens is amazing, probably one of my favorites - even considering its flaws. It is razor sharp in the center and it's bokeh and chromatic aberration give the photos such character, I always get compliments on them. Not to mention it is one of the highest rated lenses on DXO Mark for Sony E mount cameras. The price is amazing for the quality too, and the autofocus is perfectly fast unlike the 50mm G Master. However - and it is a big however - if you intend on shooting video with this lens, you should reconsider purchasing it. For some wild reason, when your camera is set to continuous autofocus, the lens freaks out. It jumps in and out of focus extremely fast, almost like it's hunting for focus, but more like the motors are having a seizure - that's the best way to describe it unfortunately. It renders footage completely worthless. It is inconsistent too, it is hard to figure out exactly what causes it, but it's always there. It seems to be worse when the aperture is not wide open. And the saddest part is I have tried 3 different copies of the lens (my friends own them too, like I said, they are that good) and on several different cameras. All of them have the same issue. So, if you are looking for an amazing photo lens, look no further! This is it! But if you are hoping to shoot video on this lens, maybe don't.

Hunts for focus

By Andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

I get the cult following on this lens. It's good. However when compared with many of the new e mount lenses out there the autofocus is behind. There's a significant amount of focus breathing and when photographing stills in less than good light it frequently hunts for focus. Using it on an a7c.

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