Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 35mm f2.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 35 mm f/2.8 ZA - Introduction

From Lenstip:


  • compact and solid casing of high quality,
  • good image quality in the frame centre already from the maximum relative aperture,
  • slight longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • very low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of serious spherical aberration issues,
  • accurate, fast and noiseless autofocus.


  • unsatisfactory image quality on the edge of full frame,
  • huge vignetting visible even on the smaller APS-C sensor,
  • a bit too high level of coma.

“Small, handy, solid, with good build quality and outstanding sharpness in the frame centre – for many people these features would be a recommendation good enough to purchase the lens. Providing that its price is right”.

August 2016

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 55mm f1.8 ZA

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55 mm f/1.8 ZA - Introduction

Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55 mm f/1.8 ZA

From Lenstip:


  • compact and solidly sealed casing of high quality,,
  • very good image quality in the frame centre already from the maximum relative aperture,,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • imperceptible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • lack of serious problems connected to spherical aberration,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • blurry areas pleasing to the eye,
  • accurate, fast and silent autofocus.


  • distinct longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • huge vignetting on full frame,
  • too high coma,
  • steep price.

“Compared to all full frame standard f/1.7-1.8 lenses, tested by us so far, the Sonnar 1.8/55 FE has one undeniable advantage: sharp images in the frame centre already from the maximum relative aperture. Only the Tamron 1.8/45 VC can compete with the Zeiss and it is an instrument much bigger and much more optically complex”.

August 2016

Zeiss Batis 18mm 18mm f2.8

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Review Image

Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 Wide Prime: More Zeiss Perfection

The Zeiss Batis 18mm f2.8 wide prime is designed to be used on Sony’s E-mount full frame cameras, so bodies like the Sony A7II & A7RII. A review by Photography Blog UK shows this Batis optic like the others in the range (ie 25mm f2 & 85mm f1.8) is a superb optic and another winner from Zeiss, all be it an expensive one.

From Photography Blog UK:

“The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is simply a superb ultra-wide prime lens. It’s not the smallest optic, but you soon get used to its size, and it’s light enough not to be a burden.

Aside from some minor distortion and more noticeable falloff, image quality as a whole is very good, with sharpness being particularly impressive. Build quality is a match for the lens’ performance, and we welcome the inclusion of full weather sealing, though the intriguing electronic focus distance scale is unlikely to be an essential feature for most shooters.

Competition in this sector is slim though, with the Sony/Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS being the only other full-frame E-mount that’ll go as wide as the Batis 18mm, and it’ll put a similarly large dent in your bank balance. But until a more accessibly-priced ultra-wide FE-mount lens becomes available, you’d better start saving for a Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 if you favour outright sharpness over the Sony FE 16-35mm’s focal length flexibility”.

August 2016

Wow: Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA Prime Lens : As good as it gets


This weeks Amateur Photographer (AP) Magazine had a technical review of the very expensive Sony Planer T* FE 50mm f1.4 ZA prime lens designed to be paired with Sony’s full frame mirrorless A7 cameras like the superb A7R II.

To sum up AP’s verdict “Wow” this lens is as near perfect as its possible to get, hence the “Gold” award , no wonder it costs near £1500.

Here a choice sentence from AP’s verdict that says its all :

“Its always a little difficult to critically assess a lens this good”

August 2016


Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 Art Review

Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 Art Zoom: Yet another winner from Sigma

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From Photohgraphy Blog UK:

The Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art is an interesting proposition. It’s almost like three or four prime lenses in one (50mm, 60mm 85mm and 100mm), but with the added bonus of offering a wide f/1.8 aperture – something which you won’t find in 100mm prime lenses.

While it’s a very large and unwieldy lens, if it saves you from carrying (and having the hassle of changing) three of four prime lenses, there’s an arguable case for it. As you’ll be using it on an APS-C sensor, it’s not quite wide enough to be a good walk around lens as you’ll no doubt find times when you want to go wider.

That said, you could have this and a wider prime lens and you’ll have most mid-range focal lengths covered. Sharpness is good throughout the focal range and across apertures, and although you can see light fall-off at very wide apertures, it’s impressive at f/2.8 and narrower. Out of focus areas are rendered beautifully, while focusing is quick and accurate – and if you’re using manual focus very easy and swift too.

Overall the Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art is a great lens for anybody who wants those prime lengths in a convenient all-in-one package. You certainly won’t be discreet when using this lens, but your favoured focal lengths are in the mid-range, then it could be a good alternative to packing your kit bag full of different lenses.

It’s not a cheap lens by any stretch of the imagination – however again if you consider the potential outlay of three or four prime lenses, the Sigma 50-100mm F/1.8 DC HSM Art begins to look better value for money.

August 2016