Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 – Sonnar Lens Review

The Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens is an incredibly good but somewhat 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 the same enjoyment using it as my Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 lens. It’s a great tool that gets the job done.

This review is incomplete.

At wide open apertures, it’s one of the sharpest lenses for any system. It has a decent colour rendition, it’s contrasty and the bokeh is quite pleasing, in my opinion. I also don’t believe the images it creates are sterile but I do think the handling is a bit sterile compared to a manual focus lens.

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, 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.

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