If I prefer to manually focus, should I still get the FE 55?

Started Nov 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
tn1krr Senior Member • Posts: 1,170
Re: If I prefer to manually focus, should I still get the FE 55?

turnstyle wrote:

Hi all,

I'm thinking ahead to A7 or A7r with a fast 'normal' prime.

I generally prefer to manually focus. And the FE 55 does look like it's going to be a great lens.

But I'm wondering if I should still skip the FE 55, and abandon the option to use autofocus -- and instead go for a physically focused lens, rather than always have to use focus-by-wire.

Anybody wrestling with a similar decision?

I pondered on whether or not to get the  FE55 despite having a very good manual 50, the Zf.2 Makro Planar 50/2. After considering for a sec I decided to get the FE55 because

- it is similar effective Fl as my 35/1.8 and I use that lens quite a lot with AF for casual indoor shots

- I want to be able to test/use the Eye AF

- Zeiss badged Sonys are quite ok for MF, much nicer MF feel than the normal SEL lenses so MF experience should be decent too

- the FE55 is much smaller/lighter than a Makro Planar + adapter

 tn1krr's gear list:tn1krr's gear list
Sony Alpha a7R II Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Sony FE 55mm F1.8 +5 more
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