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Sony SEL55F18Z FE 55mm f/1.8 Lens

Standard prime lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras

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Our take on the Sony SEL55F18Z FE 55mm f/1.8 Lens

One of the big advantages of having a camera that uses Sony's E-mount system is the continued addition of premium lenses from Zeiss. This legendary manufacturer, in partnership with Sony, has introduced yet another "must-have" lens optimized for full-frame cameras like the Sony A7 and A7R. This "normal" prime lens, with its superb sharpness and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, is sure to be on a lot of photographer's wish lists.

An ideal match for your compact Sony full-frame format E-mount camera

One of the big advantages of having a camera that uses Sony's E-mount system is the continued addition of premium lenses from Zeiss. This legendary manufacturer, in partnership with Sony, has introduced yet another "must-have" lens optimized for full-frame cameras like the Sony A7 and A7R. This "normal" prime lens, with its superb sharpness and bright f/1.8 maximum aperture, is sure to be on a lot of photographer's wish lists.

The lens's large f/1.8 maximum aperture gathers lots of light so you can use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. It's also ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash. Nine rounded aperture blades create a nearly perfect circular opening that allows you to softly defocus background details for crisply focused subjects that pop. The 55mm focal length makes it a great choice for dramatic portraits, landscapes, and all-around picture taking.

Product Highlights:

  • lens type: E-mount full frame [FE]
  • compatible with Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 55mm with full-frame sensor cameras
    • 82.5mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating reduces lens flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color
  • dust- and moisture-resistant design for shooting in adverse environmental conditions
  • 3 aspherical lens elements to provide better image sharpness and contrast, and reduce spherical aberrations
  • internal focusing design maintains overall lens length during focusing for greater consistency and faster performance
  • minimum focus distance: 19.7"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 7 elements in 5 groups
  • 9 rounded aperture blades for smooth background defocusing
  • filter/attachment size: 49mm
  • lens is 2-9/16" in diameter and 3" long
  • weight: 10 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, front and rear lens caps, soft storage pouch

What's in the Box:

  • SEL55F18Z 55mm F1.8 lens
  • 49mm Front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap (installed)
  • ALC-SH131 Lens hood
  • Lens pouch
  • Operating Instructions
  • Precautions Before Using
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • Carl Zeiss Serial No and inspection certificate

One of the sharpest lenses for the A7 series cameras...a must for any Sony owner.

William, Brookline, MA

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Sony SEL55F18Z FE 55mm f/1.8 Lens Reviews

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(5 Reviews)

Sony SEL55F18Z FE 55mm f/1.8 Lens

William from Brookline, MA on 5/27/2018

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One of the sharpest lenses for the A7 series cameras...a must for any Sony owner.

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Great lens on the Sony A7rIII

Allen from Atlanta, GA on 2/11/2018

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Very sharp (one of the sharpest for E-Mount cameras)! Compact for traveling! Nice colors! Just a great all-purpose lens on the Sony A7rIII.

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Sony 55mm 1.8 Sharp lens!

David G from Philadelphia, PA on 4/30/2016

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Best Sony lens I own Sharp at 1.8 Very well might. You need to buy this lens and leave on your camera. Use your feet to zoom.

Pros: Zeiss lens ,sharp,accurate , great colors. My favorite prime lens

Cons: No image stabilization

A good lens

John M from Pennsylvania on 12/31/2015

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This is a good lens. Lightweight, very sharp and great color reproduction. This is a good lens to pair with your mirrorless A7 series camera. Its not very big or heavy and the 49mm filter size will not break the bank if you shoot with filters. The only drawback to this lens is the onion ring bokeh it sometimes produces I shot several pictures at wide apertures with Christmas lights in the background. On several, the onion ring highlights were very noticeable. Other than that, I have no complaints and if I need to shoot something like this in the future, Ill probably opt for another lens. In photography, bokeh (Originally /'bo?k?/, /'bo?ke?/ BOH-kay - also sometimes pronounced as /'bo?k?/ BOH-k?, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

Pros: Lightweight, sharp, color reproduction.

Cons: Onion ring bokeh, price

Great lens

Dennis from Phila., PA on 5/8/2014

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Great lens. Im not a techie, so I cant give you a review in tech terms, just a hobby photography guy. Sharp lens, used with my Sony A7. Never needed a flash even for indoor museum and cathedral pics on a recent visit to Paris.

Pros: light, sharp, F2.8

Cons: not cheap

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Features

Optics: The Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* (T-Star) FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (SEL55F18Z) standard prime lens is compatible with the Sony α interchangeable lens cameras with the E-mount. It cannot be used on a camera with the Sony A-mount. The lens has a focal length of 55mm with 35mm full frame cameras like the new A7 (ILCE7 and 7R), and 82.5mm on NEX-series cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. It comes with the ALC-SH131 lens hood, front and rear lens caps, and a lens storage pouch.

Carl Zeiss T* Coating: The SEL55F18Z lens was developed jointly by Carl Zeiss and Sony, and is produced under the strict standards and quality assurance of Carl Zeiss. The Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) coating virtually eliminates the lens flare, internal reflection, and light scattering that can occur at glass-to-air surfaces.

Dust/Moisture Resistant: While the SEL55F18Z isn't waterproof, critical areas of the lens exterior have dust- and moisture-resistant seals to help ensure professional reliability in tough environments.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu. In Direct Manual focus, you can fine-tune the focus by turning the focusing ring after initially auto-focusing. Manual focusing is performed with the focusing ring as well.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the ALC-SH131 lens hood which helps prevent lens flare. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 2" to the overall length of the lens. The hood can be stored on the lens by installing it backwards.

Specifications:

Lens Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
Focal Length (35mm) 55mm
APS-C Equivalent 82.5mm
Lens Construction 7 elements in 5 groups (including 5 aspherical elements and one ED glass element for superior image quality)
Maximum Magnification 0.14x
Angle of View 43° (35mm)
29° (APS-C)
Minimum Focus 1.64' (19.68")
Filter Diameter 49mm
f-stop f/1.8 maximum
f/22 minimum
Aperture 9-blade circular
Weight 10 ounces
Dimensions Diameter=2.536"
Length=3" (3.455" with lens caps)

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Excellent sharp lens [ William  May 12, 2018 ]
I have seen some photos of this lens and I think it fits my photography style. [ Seyed Ahmad  Nov 10, 2017 ]
Based purchase decision based on site reviews and other third party reviews. [ Kerry  Jun 27, 2017 ]
Very high quality prime lens to kickstart my new Sony kit. [ Amber  Jan 11, 2017 ]
awesome sharp lens. [ TWIMON  Dec 22, 2016 ]
Amazing quality and build. [ Derick  Sep 14, 2016 ]
This lens has a great reputation for being incredibly sharp. [ John  Dec 16, 2015 ]
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