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

  • mfr: SEL55F18Z
  • SKU: SEL55F18Z
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  • Focal length: 55mm
  • Aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Sony E-mount lens
  • 35mm full frame format
  • Three aspherical elements
  • Carl Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective coating
  • Dust and moisture-resistant construction
  • Linear motor driven internal focusing
  • Reduced flare and ghosting
  • 9-blade circular aperture

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

Sony's Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens is a standard focal length prime lens that features a fast aperture in a compact, streamlined design. Offering a 82.5mm comparable APS-C focal length, its f/1.8 aperture is bright and quick, which allows you to capture more light and confidently shoot in dimly lit or tough lighting conditions. Sony applied a Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating. This works to combat the effects of ghosting and flares and leads to greater contrast and color fidelity.  This lens creates a 42.9 degree angle of view, a 1.64-feet focal length and accepts 49mm filters. 

The T* coating works with an innovative optical design to suppress internal reflections, for sublime contrast from highlights to deep blacks. In keeping with the Sonnar concept, a large F1.8 maximum aperture can produce beautiful full-frame background bokeh, but you also have the option of stopping down for extended depth-of-field. Linear motor driven internal focusing is smooth and quiet, and a dust and moisture resistant design ensures consistently reliable performance.

Fast F1.8 for Broad Creative Control

Renowned ZEISS contrast and resolution bring out the best in full frame image sensors such as those in the Sony α7 series, and a large F1.8 maximum aperture can produce beautiful full-frame background bokeh. You can also stop down for extended depth-of-field. A bright lens like this is also an advantage when shooting in low light.

Smooth Bokeh Enhances Depth and Dimension

A nine-blade circular aperture works with this lens’s optics to create beautifully smooth bokeh in out-of-focus background areas when desired, with natural-looking highlights that won’t distract from the important foreground subject and details.

Better Image Quality

Advanced technology from ZEISS and Sony combines in a precision optical design with three aspherical elements, two double-sided that effectively reduce all forms of aberration while achieving outstanding image-wide sharpness and contrast. The ZEISS T* coating suppresses internal reflections, for sublime contrast from highlights to deep blacks.

Shoot with Confidence Anywhere

Some of the most exciting images are captured in challenging environments. A dust and moisture resistant design means that the lens will continue to perform reliably in moderately wet or dusty conditions, so you can shoot with confidence wherever those great shots are found.

Outstanding Color and Contrast

The ZEISS T* coating is an important contributing factor, effectively suppressing spurious reflections that can degrade overall image quality. Flare and ghosting are reduced for enhanced color and contrast that give images a deep, three-dimensional feel.


Weight 10oz (281g)
Color Black
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Focal Length 55mm
Maximum Magnification 0.14x
Angle of view 42.9 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64 feet (50 cm)
Focus Type Auto
Diaphragm Blades 9
Fixed Focal Length 55mm
Lens Format Full Frame Sensors
Lens Type Standard
Special Designs Macro


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Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Camera Lens

Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens SKU: SEL55F18Z

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the light weight and great sharpness I’m not a professional photographer. I do display my work, however. Occasionally, I need to restrict my lens choice so I can travel lightly. This is a superb all around choice for that purpose.
Date published: 2024-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lenst This 55 mm has an excellent focal length, a fast and very sharp focus
Date published: 2024-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sharp, lovely bokeh This lens justifies the price. Mates perfectly with a7c to maintain a compact but very powerful combo. The evf on the camera had me wondering a bit about how the photos would translate, but once uploaded, I’m blown away by the sharpness and bokeh. Low light performance is excellent- I’ve yet to wish for a flash for any indoor shot with any light available. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2022-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but wonderful Perfect lense. Wide angle, portrait or fashion shoot this lense is a gem. F1.8 gives a besutiful bokeh. Beautiful color rendering. Super light weight to carry along travel. Perfect match with a7rIV.
Date published: 2021-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little lens, big performer This lens is lightning fast and easy on the wrists while delivering IQ expected of Zeiss. I mainly use this lens for poorly lighted indoor/outdoor portraits. Even at high ISO (up to 6400), IQ is still good.
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Prime for Sony I bought this lens 4 years ago when I purchased my a7r2. Now that I’m on the a7riv, It is still my “go to” lens when traveling a new city or only have the chance to carry a single lens on the camera. While in Boston I happened to be snapping away at the skyline in Boston Common. A squirrel caught my eye. Had to be 10 meters away. I clicked over to continuous focus and caught several images of these guys. This is cropped in at 100%. This is such a fast lens, it keeps autofocus and gorgeous bokeh. Just buy it!!!
Date published: 2019-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why buy the 50mm? I bought this lens after reading comparisons between this one, and the Zeiss 50mm. Needless to say I'm very happy I saved some extra cash and went with this one. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most versatile lens! This lens can do it all, from micro to macro. A must have!
Date published: 2019-08-20
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