Sony E-Mount Full-Frame FE Sonnar T 55mm f/1.8 ZEISS Prime Lens

Model Number: SEL55F18Z
Web Code: 10289466

Sony E-Mount Full-Frame FE Sonnar T 55mm f/1.8 ZEISS Prime Lens

Overview

Develop some serious street cred with this 55mm Sony Sonnar T* lens. Ideal for street photography, portraits, and close-ups, this fixed focal length prime lens boasts a large f/1.8 aperture so you get sharp detailed photos even in low light. Combine that with the circular 9-blades and you get incredible shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh.
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Overview

Develop some serious street cred with this 55mm Sony Sonnar T* lens. Ideal for street photography, portraits, and close-ups, this fixed focal length prime lens boasts a large f/1.8 aperture so you get sharp detailed photos even in low light. Combine that with the circular 9-blades and you get incredible shallow depth of field with beautiful bokeh.

The Nifty Fifty(-Five)

  • This full-frame 55mm (82.5mm on an APS-C sensor) lens gives you the ideal focal length for a day out. Ideal for street photography, portraits, and close-up photography, this fixed focal length prime lens works great in low-light conditions thanks to its f/.8 maximum aperture. So, the photos of your late night dai pai dong (outdoor food vendor) feast in a seedy alley in the heart of Hong Kong will come out in sharp detail.
  • But Mother Nature isn't always kind to you when you're out and about. Thankfully, the lens exterior features dust- and moisture-resistant seals. So whether you're trying to get that perfect shot of the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island as a storm rolls in or you're taking shelter from a wind storm at the Stanley Market you have peace of mind that your lens is protected in tough environmental conditions.

Keep your focus

  • Whether you're trying to photograph the horses at the finish line at Happy Valley race track or a monkey leaping from branch to branch at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, quick autofocusing is crucial when you're trying to capture action. The lens' internal focusing system achieves fast autofocusing with a short minimum focusing distance so you get sharp, detailed photos.
  • Unleash your artistic side with the 9-blade circular aperture. When defocusing the background to create a bokeh effect, the circular aperture creates round blurred defocused points of light instead of the usual and less appealing polygonal shape. Plus the maximum f/1.8 aperture offers smooth, natural defocusing and a very shallow depth of field.

Quality optics

  • The Carl Zeiss T-Star (T*) coating virtually eliminates lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering. So your photographs of the Noon Day Gun at Causeway Bay on a bright, sunny Hong Kong afternoon come out with high contrast and high resolution.
  • The aspherical lens design reduces spherical aberrations delivering high sharpness and contrast resulting in significantly improved image accuracy and quality. The design also reduces the overall number of elements needed so you get a more compact, lightweight prime lens.
  • This E-mount lens is ideal for basic portrait work, capturing sports, or wildlife photography. It's compatible with E-mount mirroless cameras and pairs perfectly with the Sony a7 lineup of full frame cameras.

Optics

Lens Type
Standard Prime
Lens Mount
Sony E
Apparent Focal Length with APS-C/DX Sensor
82.5 mm
Horizontal Angle of View with 35 mm Sensor
42.9°
Fixed/Prime Focal Length
55 mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Closest Focusing Distance
50 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.14x

Mechanics

Manual Focusing
Yes
Construction (Elements/Groups)
7/5
Diaphragm Blades
9 (Circular)

Physical Features

Colour
Black
Filter Size
49 mm
Maximum Diameter
64.4 mm
Maximum Length
70.5 mm
Weight
281 g

Camera Compatibility

Compatible Brand
Sony
Sony
ILCE7KB; ILCE7B; ILCE7R

Warranty

Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts
1 Year
Manufacturer's Warranty - Labour
1 Year
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Reviewer Recommendation

97%

Of the 362 reviewers who responded, 352 would recommend this product.

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  • Great image quality but with loud aperture noise !
    Reviewed by ctanir - January 3, 2019

    I just bought this lens after seeing so many good reviews, comments and also watching many test videos. Everything is fine except for one thing. The aperture blades are chattering, making noise every time I change them. After a bit of search on internet I found out that many people had this issue as well. I'm still not sure if my lens is faulty or is it just the way this lens is. I'm kind of disappointed because even my kit lens with Sony a7 iii didn't make such noises. Considering many people say it's an almost silence lens I doubt mine, then again there are many people facing the same issue. Hope someone could give some information on this.

    Review originally posted on sony.com


  • Great Prime Lens
    Verified BuyerReviewed by chriscamera - October 7, 2014

    I wanted a lens to put on my A7R as a general purpose high end lens. In conjunction the photos are excellent, with clear focus, no apparent chromatic aberrations or distortions across the photos. Light capture appears excellent for its small 49mm diameter. The lens is very well made, looks and feels solid. The fit to camera is sound with no movement and the manual focus, when used works well. I have used a slim polaroid circular filter on the lens which is difficult to operate with the slight recess on the front, almost impossible with the excellent lens hood provided, but what's new. High end fantastic lens as you should expect from Zeiss.

    Review originally posted on sony.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

  • The Finest Lens Sony Makes
    Reviewed by dcisive - January 30, 2016

    Sony makes a good number of quality FE lenses now. However of them ALL this one lens is the one that has NO negative characteristics and simply delivers not only the sharpest image a person could possibly ask for on either a A7II or a A7RII. It is a joy to hold as it's build is solid and smooth. Everything on the lens is quality and well executed including the smooth focus ring. The "bokeh" is about the finest one can get from any lens and easy to achieve as well. Focus is nice and quick and accurate. There is nothing but wonderful things to say and experience with this lens. It is in my opinion a MUST HAVE when you have an A series camera.

    Review originally posted on bestbuy.com

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.


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