Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

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LBJ2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,158
Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r)  !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

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NumberOne Senior Member • Posts: 2,912
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Thank you for the link and info!

Best regards,
Pedro

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DonSantos Senior Member • Posts: 1,145
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Incredible sharpness profile at 1.8

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Martin Muehlemann Senior Member • Posts: 1,152
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Makes the other vendors 50mm look really bad.

canon 50L has 17p and the Nikon 50 1.4g with 15p

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TrojMacReady Veteran Member • Posts: 8,683
Wow....Baby Otus almost doesn't do it justice...
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LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Calling it a baby Otus (with baby price compared to the Otus...) almost doesn't do its performance justice. Even actual transmission values appear close to identical.

stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,371
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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Martin Muehlemann wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Makes the other vendors 50mm look really bad.

canon 50L has 17p and the Nikon 50 1.4g with 15p

This just keeps proving my point when people complain about the price of the ZA lenses. They're a bargain when you consider what you have to spend to equal them.

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j0sh
j0sh Regular Member • Posts: 354
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

That's because the a7r is 36mp...

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anagram4wander2 Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

Wow... re-thinking a purchase on this one...

Now, how do i sell this to my wife ?

Thanks for posting this.

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LTZ470
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Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

Thats excellent and very good news, I am impressed, but Nikon beats it by a small margin...and it's only a $216 lens at B&H....

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Nikon/Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-50mm-F18G-mounted-on-Nikon-D800__792

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Tim Devine
Tim Devine Senior Member • Posts: 1,191
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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In what universe does it beat it?

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18-on-Sony-A7R-versus-Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-50mm-F18G-on-Nikon-D800___1252_917_435_792

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LTZ470 wrote:

Thats excellent and very good news, I am impressed, but Nikon beats it by a small margin...and it's only a $216 lens at B&H....

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Nikon/Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-50mm-F18G-mounted-on-Nikon-D800__792

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Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Makes the other vendors 50mm look really bad.

canon 50L has 17p and the Nikon 50 1.4g with 15p

To be fair, I bought the 50L and I bought it for the wide open f/1.2 bokeh, not the sharpness. I also found the 50L sharp enough at f/1.2 (e.g., eyelashes). I suppose someone shooting landscape with the 50L might be disappointed using that lens, though.

I did sell the 50L because I preferred shooting at 35 and I used the 50 and my 35 for the same types of shots.

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robert614 Senior Member • Posts: 1,322
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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Thanks for the link LBJ2.

The results mirror my experience with this lens.It is extremely sharp.

Unfortunately 55mm isn't one of my preferred focal lengths.I usually like wider or longer focal lengths.

But if you like shooting with 50mm lenses,you can't go wrong with this lens.

Personally,I'm waiting for a Zeiss FE 85mm f1.8.

Robert

EinsteinsGhost
EinsteinsGhost Forum Pro • Posts: 11,977
I noticed that!

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Calling it a baby Otus (with baby price compared to the Otus...) almost doesn't do its performance justice. Even actual transmission values appear close to identical.

Nikon 58/1.4: t1.7
Sony 55/1.8: t1.8

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Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

That's because the a7r is 36mp...

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And d800 is?

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tn1krr Senior Member • Posts: 1,072
So that too slow Sony with bought Zeiss logo is good?

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Or what? Too slow, too expensive, too sharp, too awesome and nearly equals 4 x more expensive and 3 x more heavy MF lens. And makes pretty much Canikon lenses look really, really bad.

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EthanP99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,420
Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

That's because the a7r is 36mp...

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And d800 is?

we all know d800 is only 2mp

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Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42
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Martin Muehlemann wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Makes the other vendors 50mm look really bad.

canon 50L has 17p and the Nikon 50 1.4g with 15p

It makes the $1700 Nikon 58mm f/1.4G look like crud.

Better at f/1.8 then the Nikon is at f/5.6.  $700 cheaper too.

Eric

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Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f1.8 ZA DxOMark Score of 42

j0sh wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

That's because the a7r is 36mp...

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The D800 with the Nikon 58mm f/1.4 doesn't do much better (18 MP). The Sony 55mm f/1.8 does good because it isn't an overpriced crappy lens.  To be fair people like the Nikon 58mm f/1.4, because it has character.  People are welcome to like character all they want.  I like MTF

Eric

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Other 50s

Martin Muehlemann wrote:

LBJ2 wrote:

Sharpness comes in at 29P-mpix (tested with A7r) !

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sony/Sony-FE-Carl-Zeiss-Sonnar-T-STAR-55mm-F18

Makes the other vendors 50mm look really bad.

canon 50L has 17p and the Nikon 50 1.4g with 15p

The FE 55 "only" gets 15 on the Nex 7 (the Sony 50 1.4 gets 16 on the A850).

I do not think you can say then the other lenses are bad....edit..or look very bad.

The thing would be what the Canon and Nikon lenses score ON the A7R.....though it (FE 55) is CLEARLY a very good lens.

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leo9 Regular Member • Posts: 205
Re: Other 50s

neil holmes wrote:

The FE 55 "only" gets 15 on the Nex 7 (the Sony 50 1.4 gets 16 on the A850).

I do not think you can say then the other lenses are bad....edit..or look very bad.

The thing would be what the Canon and Nikon lenses score ON the A7R.....though it (FE 55) is CLEARLY a very good lens.

The 50mm E f1.8 OSS isn't far behind either on NEX-7:

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