Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA review

The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA works well for portraiture on both full-frame and APS-C format bodies

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The focal length and aperture rating of this lens makes it ideal for general and environmental portraiture on full-frame cameras, and for tighter portraits on APS-C format bodies, where it has an effective focal length of 82.5mm. Based on classic Zeiss Sonnar design principles and featuring Zeiss’s legendary T* coating, image quality is gorgeous but the lens is pricey for an f/1.8 standard prime.


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    Good sharpness and contrast

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    Smooth bokeh

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    Pricey for an f/1.8 standard prime

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The Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA has a fairly modest aperture rating compared with f/1.4 and f/1.2 standard primes. Even so, it has pro-grade build quality and excellent all-round performance, as reflected in the up-market purchase price. It’s also surprisingly lightweight at just 281g, making it a good match for both full-frame and APS-C format Sony mirrorless cameras.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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