Lens Review: Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA

Sony a7R camera with FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA ($998 from B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama) offers nearly flawless optical performance nearly equal to the $4,000 Zeiss Otus 55mm/F1.4 which makes it a huge bargain at a quarter the price.

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Sony a7R + FE 55mm F1.8 ZA • 1/4000 • F2.2 • ISO 200

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Sony a7R + FE 55mm F1.8 ZA • 1/80 • F2.2 • ISO 200

SIZE:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA measures 2.54 x 2.78″ / 64.52 x 70.61 mm (diameter x length)

WEIGHT:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA tips the scales at 9.91 oz / 281 g.

FILTER SIZE:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 has a 49mm front filter thread.

PHYSICAL DESIGN:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 has a smooth lens barrel that does not include focus hold button, AF/M Focus switch or aperture ring.

OPTICAL DESIGN:

Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens optical construction diagram

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA has 7 Elements in 5 Groups with three aspherical elements, including two double-sided, to reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma and other monochromatic aberrations

LENS CHARTS

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA MTF lens chart

WEATHER SEALING:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA is dust- and moisture-sealed for working in inclement weather.

IMAGE STABILIZATION:

There is no optical stabilization on this lens. Many Sony camera bodies have built-in sensor-shift stabilization.

AUTO FOCUS:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA features linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick and precise autofocus performance and enables accurate and silent focusing while recording videos

APERTURE:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA has 9 rounded aperture blades for smooth, rounded bokeh

FORMAT:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA covers Fullframe FX and smaller.

PRICE:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA has a street price of $998 USD

IN THE BOX:

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA comes with front & rear lens caps and lens hood.

IN CONCLUSION

Superb optical performance at a sub-$1,000 price makes FE 55mm F1.8 ZA an great choice for street photography and portraits.

• F1.8 maximum aperture allows shallow depth of field and low-light shooting.
• Based on the Zeiss Sonnar optical concept, this lens uses a design with seven elements in five groups.
• Wide-angle prime designed for street photography, environmental portraits and general shooting.
• Zeiss T* anti-reflective coatings have been applied to each lens surface to help minimize reflections.
• Three aspherical elements (2 double-sided) reduce astigmatism, field curvature, coma and aberrations.
• A linear autofocus motor and internal focus design provide quick, precise and silent autofocus.
• Dust- and moisture-sealed design permits working in inclement conditions.
• Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh.

Order Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA from B&H Photo | Amazon | Adorama

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