Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 – Sonnar Lens Review

The Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens is an incredibly strange lens, in my opinion. It’s lightweight but long enough to get a good grip, and it’s perhaps the most comfortable lens I’ve used. I never dislike using it, but I also don’t have great enjoyment from using it either. It’s a great tool that gets the job done.

At wide open apertures, it’s one of the sharpest lenses for any system. It has decent colour rendition, it’s contrasty and the bokeh is quite pleasing, in my opinion.

My complaints are with the focus breathing; the focal length varies by roughly 10% and in contrast to the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 it’s quite noticeable. The colours are good but not as good, and from a purist point of view, excluding bokeh, the Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 is a better lens if you can live without autofocus. In my opinion though, they are both very different even if they’re paradoxically very similar, and it is why I own both.

This lens is a safe buy because there’s nothing particularly terrible about it and for that reason I can see why a lot of people say it’s a must have lens.

I’ve attached some photographs above. They’ve been edited and they’re small JPGs. You will not be able to judge sharpness from them but they do give you a rough idea as to how the lens renders.

For this price, I believe it should have sealing. It might not seem like an expensive lens when we compare it to a Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 GM lens, but it’s still a reasonable amount of money, and there are cheaper Canon zoom lenses which have sealing.

Please note, this review is not finished.