The Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 is one of my favourite lenses to date! Although it is quite expensive it’s worth every dollar and I cannot think of any other lens that compliments the Sony A7 series more than this one!
Built to the typical Zeiss standards, this full frame lens feels very solid, and is small and light! It’s built for E mount cameras so there’s no need for any adapters!
Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Image Quality
I have nothing negative to say about this lens! Shoot wide open at f1/8 and get razor sharp images, with gorgeous bokeh that seems to melt away in the background. The colours have that Zeiss 3d pop that draws you into the picture.
CA is almost non-existent as with any vignette and I find the images are very contrasty! What more can I say! This lens gives beautiful images straight out of the camera,
There are photographers that claim to not like this lens as it’s ‘too clinical’! If that means it produces beautiful, sharp, clean images then yes it is. If you want character, simply add it in post process or perhaps buy an alternate lens like a Minolta. Surely ‘lens character’ are all the things these photographers are pixel peeping against such as CA, lens flare, vignette etc!
Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Autofocus
This is the only lens I like to use in autofocus. Quite simply, it’s fast and very accurate. I didn’t find this on my old Sony A7R, but on the Sony A7R II, it worked flawlessly!
Sony Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 Specs
Length 70.5 mm
Filter Diameter – 49 mm
Weight – 281g
Max. Magnification – 0.14
Number of aperture blades – 9 (circular)
Elements/ Groups – 7 / 5
All images were shot on the Sony a7RII and processed through Adobe Photoshop with slight sharpening, and saved for web in RGB 60% quality jpegs.
As there are already many sites with test charts, I prefer a more hands on review with a selection of images taken from this lens. I am not sponsored in any way for this review and do not request any kind of donation. I have a passion for photography and simply want to share my experiences in the hope of helping others.