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Rated 5 out of 5
by Atwj The most exciting lens ever
Fantastic colours, Bokeh andost of all very sharp to detail. One of the most adorable 50s to own. Every image is mesmerizing.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by TheCreativeAI Seamlessly functioning lens with the Sony a7R body
All systems are go with this perfect full frame lens for the a7R body. Every electronic setting of the a7R can be adjusted to work the optics of this lens. Focus is spot on; apochromatic images are a7R-perfected; and, as a result, they have depth, extremely high resolution, and clarity. The results are far superior to my medium format film camera. All automated functions of the a7R integrate seamlessly with this lens. For example, Clear Image Zoom makes this prime lens into a video zoom lens; e. g., Clear Image Zoom 2X through the Sony FE 55 mm F/1.8-F/22 Carl Zeiss prime lens, takes it up to 110 mm telephoto. Thereby, this lens can take portraits with spectacular F/1.8 bokeh or close ups with exquisitely detailed F/22 razor-sharp compositions. In a manner of speaking, just as our brains compensate for optical illusions, the A7R compensates for my brain not wanting to carry a weighty macro- or zoom lens everywhere. Of course, there are technical tradeoffs, but the point is that advanced electronic-optical hybridization in this system introduces flexibility. A large lens hood comes in the box with the lens. The hood twists on a bayonet mount and compactly reversibly mounts. Always use the hood out of doors, but it needs to be removed when using flash during macrophotography. I recommend a 49 mm Sony Zeiss Skylight & protector filter, invisible because of compatible lens coatings. Also, a 49 mm polarizing filter is useful. If you use a filter, get a new one because scratches and smudges on old filters may cause flares and this lens is unforgiving. The body and lens is so lightweight that I have them with me all the time. As a result, all of my pictures are so remarkably distinctive that everybody wants them.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Thkpic1 Superb.
This is a fantastic lens....absolutely stellar in every right. It's sharp as a tac with great contrast and pleasing bokeh. To my eyes anyway, I can' tell the difference from 1.4-1.8....the lack of speed is absolutely non-essential. In fact, its probably the reason Sony was able to nail the performance on this lens throughout it's aperture range.
One thing though, the sample picture in the ad on this page of the girl is driving me nuts. Yes, you can see how much shallow DOF you can get with this lens doing portraits. However, her left eye is completely out of focus....not a professional shot in any way. Could have picked a better example IMO.
Back to the lens. Yeah, its awesome.
July 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Samm1000 Excellent Prime lens
High quality prime lens that allows full usage of the 36 mp alpha 7r. Has decent bokeah when wide opened. Only wish is that it was an f1.4 instead of a 1.8. For the price charged, that would have been a reasonable expectation. Right now FE mount lenses offer few choices but I'm sure this will change. Still the first lens I would choose in the FE offerings.
May 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoeFotosiamo Super sharp lens! Zeiss-worthy
This lens definitely lived up to its Zeiss name! Superbly sharp across all aperture and from center to edges. The bokeh is very nice and smooth as a 55mm lens and the colors look great.
I actually bought this lens instead of the 35mm and have not regretted it yet.
March 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by shawnroller amazing lens
I really love this lens. It is the lens that is always on my A7. I rarely use any other lens. It is extremely crisp.
May 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SteveT Great Prime Lens!!
This is a great lens, might be a little pricey for some. I own a Nex-7 and it’s ridiculously sharp. I'm happy with the results. This lens is a must have with great depth of field too. You will be happy with your purchase.
September 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Esperance Outstanding Lens
The portraits produced by this lens and my Sony Nex-7 digital camera are, quite simply, outstanding. I would rate this product with 6 stars (though Sony only made 5 available).
September 14, 2014