The FE 55mm F1.8 ZA is a premium 'normal' prime for Sony's full frame E-mount cameras, the A7 and A7R. It can also be used on APS-C NEX models, on which it will offer an 83mm-equivalent angle of view - ideal for 'head and shoulders' portraits. It uses a linear motor for silent autofocus, has a 9-blade circular aperture, and a dust and moisture resistant design.
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens (Full Frame E-Mount)
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|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||55 mm|
|Lens mount||Sony E (NEX)|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Special elements / coatings||3 aspherical elements|
|Minimum focus||0.50 m (19.69″)|
|Motor type||Stepper motor|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Weight||281 g (0.62 lb)|
|Diameter||64 mm (2.52″)|
|Length||71 mm (2.8″)|
|Zoom method||Rotary (internal)|
|Filter thread||49 mm|
|Hood product code||ALC-SH131|
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I have 3 Zeiss lenses for the NEX APS-C (12 2.8 touit, 24 1.8 and 16-70 F4) and now the 35 FE2.8 and the FE5 1.8 for my A7r. Others than that I used several older manual Zeiss lenses on the NEX-7 and experimented with some on the A7r as well. To make it short: This lens is nothing short of amazing! It's the best Zeiss lens I have used so far! All the pictures I took with this and the A7r I made wide open have such a high level of crispness, detail, colour and contrast, I don't know how a ...
FE 55mm diaphragm noise when focusing.
I got my Fe 55mm yesterday, I have tested it on my old nex5 (a7r is coming). When I focus (autofocus), the diaphragm opens and closes more or less and make a relative loud noise I have never heard with other lenses on the nex5 or with an other lens. Is it normal or should I return it for an exchange ?
like my sel 50...it sounds like you described...it's happening, when the aperture is very small, like F8 - F11....during AF, lens goes to F1.8 to collect more light, during this change, you hear it..however, if you're at F2.0-F2.8, which is close to F1.8, you cant hear it...try it and let me know :) Continue Reading
yes it is like you described, when focusing in A mode with aperture set to f2 there is no noise but at f11 the noise gets loud and annoying. I wonder that this happens with a so expensive lens. Continue Reading
Are the new Sony full frame FE lenses compatible with existing NEX cameras?
I'm in the market for a premium lens for my NEX-6, and so am interested in whether I should be buying FE lenses instead now, so that if I ever decide to upgrade to full frame Sony mirrorless in the future (which I think I probably would like to do), I wouldn't have to buy (as many) new lenses again.
Yes, FE E-Mount lenses are backwards-compatible with NEX E-Mount cameras. Continue Reading