Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA lens review: Exemplary performance

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday January 29 2014

Lens Review
Introduction | Sony FE Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA mounted on Sony A7R | Sony FE Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA vs Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon | Conclusion
Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA lens review: Exemplary performance

Debuted alongside the Sony Alpha A7 and A7R, the Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 may sound rather conventional and unexciting on paper, but with a Zeiss badge and at close to $1,000, is it capable of offering extraordinary image quality? Read on to find out.

The Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA was one of five new lenses launched alongside Sony’s full-frame mirrorless 36-Mpix Alpha 7R and 24-Mpix Alpha 7. It’s a premium model weighing 9.9 oz (281g) and adopting a dust and moisture resistant construction and metal outer shell.

However the optical construction consisting of 7 elements arranged in 5 groups is relatively simple and in keeping with the Zeiss Sonnar lens design. With no distance markings or depth of field scale and a minimum focusing distance of 1.6 ft. (0.5m), it all seems rather modest for a shade under $1,000. However, the Zeiss badge on the side shows great promise with regard to image quality, especially when paired with A7R that, with its 36-Mpix sensor sans AA filter, is practically identical to imaging device found on the Nikon D800E

Sony FE Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA mounted on Sony A7R

Sony FE Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 55mm F1.8 ZA vs Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon

Conclusion