poor auto focus function, no image stabilization--but great color & image.
3 weeks ago
Summary: On first blush I find the lens possesses some very good points and some disappointing ones. First, the good news. The lens focus is really sharp and clear. Second, I like the coloration I am getting through this lens. And third, shooting with ND filters at f 1.8 yields a nice blurred background and makes good separation between the background and subject. Now, for the bad news: the auto focus is VERY slow to non-existent.
Summary: I purchased this lens for my Sony A7r. It does exactly what I wanted. It is sharp with wonderful color catch. This lens is a perfect match for the A7r. And I got a great deal on it through Ebay.
Summary: A must buy lens for A7/A7r systems. A bit pricey due to the blue Zeiss logo. Would consider to be expensive for a standard prime at 1.8 speed. (Compared to other 1.8 lenses in other DSLR/mirror less system) However, you would definitely like this lens once you've actually shoot with it. The glass is very sharp and the tone is very lovely (this is very subjective.
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Razor Sharp, Solid Contrast, Strong Construction
I can't begin to go on about how amazing this lens is... if you can afford it, it's a no-brainer
13 April 2014
Summary: This lens has all the great Zeiss hallmarks - wonderful build quality and SUPERB optical performance. At F 1.8, the micro contrast and sharpness is astounding, There is definitely a 3D pop to my subjects I have not experienced before. I came from a Nikon D600 and a Nikon 50 1.4G lens and I believe the combo of the A7 and Zeiss 55 handily beats out the Nikon combo. Since I've had this lens, I haven't really felt the need to mount anything else on my Sony A7.
Summary: Having been a photographer for nearly 30 years, I have had my share of love affairs with glass, and I won't claim to have abandoned every other lens, but I can say that when I want RAZOR sharp focus and detail that actually challenges my a7R sensor, this gem is a beast. It's small, light, VERY fast (don't let the 1.8 fool you; the light throughput on this lens beats most all Canikon 1.4s and gives the 1.2s a run for the money speed wise, and blows them ALL away...