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Sony-sel55f18z.34072785
9.3 out of 10

Sony SEL55F18Z

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Ease of use 4
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Picture quality 4
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Durability 4
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Very Unsharp!

Fiddler, Bestbuy
2 weeks ago
  • Summary: The lens that was sent to me was a used lens. Some others had tried it and found that it was not sharp, and it was passed on to me, hoping that it...
  • Pros: Auto Only
  • Cons: Very Unsharp
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Overall 10
10

This Lens is awesome!

Wichita Lensman, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
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Overall 10
10

Perfect

Brian, B&H Photo
4 weeks ago
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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Overall 10
10

Buy It

Joe, B&H Photo
14 August 2014
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL55F18Z review by Prime Minister

Prime Minister, slrgear.com
12 August 2014
  • Summary: I like the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, but I absolutely love this Zeiss 55mm f/1.8. The build quality is good. The lens is lightweight, compact and it feels sturdy. I like the understated clean minimalistic design. Personally, I have no need for bells and whistles like an aperture ring, a lot of rubber and fancy coloured decoration rings. The included plastic lens hood is relatively large and it shields the front element of the lens from stray light perfectly.
  • Pros: Compact, lightweight, silent, fast, sharpness, contrast, bokeh
  • Cons: I like the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8, but I absolutely love this Zeiss 55mm f/1.8. The build quality is good. The lens is lightweight, compact and it feels sturdy. I like the understated clean minimalistic design. Personally, I have no need for bells and whistles like an aperture ring, a lot of rubber and fancy coloured decoration rings.
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Overall 10
10

So far so sharp

Noe, B&H Photo
11 August 2014
  • Excerpt: 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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Overall 10
10

"Zeiss through and through."

journeyswiththemessiah., B&H Photo
10 August 2014
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL55F18Z review by louisjaffe

louisjaffe, slrgear.com
31 July 2014
  • Summary: This is a superb lens optically. I compared it with the Sony (non Zeiss) E-mount 50mm f1.8 OSS on a Sony Alpha a6000 in various shooting situations. The Sony lens is 1/3 the price of the Zeiss, or less. Surprisingly the Sony (with rev 02 firmware) focused quicker in low light than the Zeiss, and could lock focus in some situations where the Zeiss only hunted.
  • Pros: Optically excellent
  • Cons: Not the best focuser on Sony a6000
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Overall 10
10

Awesome Bokeh

Jack, B&H Photo
30 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Great Bokeh, good portrait lens
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
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Overall 10
10

Oh my g.., this lens is amazing!

Eric, B&H Photo
27 July 2014
  • Excerpt: 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.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
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