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    Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    Im toying with the idea of getting one (I keep checking ebay every 1 hour heheh), so it would be great to see a compilation of all the talent that has been using this lens that already has such great reviews. I hope to be posting here soon too, so let the games begin

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    No toying allowed just buy it. LOL

    It really is a great lens
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Hehehe. Its really hard to ague with your statement with all the "off the charts" reviews. I might end up being the first to post here

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    I pride myself in being off the charts. LOL
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    I'd like to see it bundled as a kit lens deal, for say $300 off the thousand they are asking. Most users will buy one anyway, and the lens and a7r are quite likely to have been made for each other. They sure work well together.

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    What did I tell you guys...just pulled the trigger on this babe Hope to be posting here soon.

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8



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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    Don't worry. I'll fix that soon enough

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    A few photos to make this post worth while.

    These are all with the A7 but of note, the lens focuses wicked fast on the A6000.





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    Showperformance, thanks for the very nice shots. They will help me get by while I wait for mine to arrive.

    If you've read my posts you will know this is not something I say very often...I love your treatment!

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    Showperformance, thanks for the very nice shots. They will help me get by while I wait for mine to arrive.

    If you've read my posts you will know this is not something I say very often...I love your treatment!
    Thank you sir.

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    The 55 1.8 is probably the nicest AF lens i've used for 35mm FF. Here'a a few from Spring skiing in New England...
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    I heard a comment that this lens may not be as terrific at landscape distances as it is up close and more personal. The far ridge in this photo is several kilometres away. This is a pic that needed all the DR it could get, and my word the FE55 does snow a treat, just nails it.

    Excuse any blurred detail in the 100% crop, the shot had to be done road side in five seconds handheld. No post for this one apart from capture sharpening. ISO 100 - f9 - 1/800s - a7r.

    Corner performance is what puts this one above the other 50s - there is a great 'blur index' chart at this link giving you a good read on IQ by aperture setting:

    Sony Lens: Primes - Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* SEL55F18Z (Tested) - SLRgear.com!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    What did I tell you guys...just pulled the trigger on this babe Hope to be posting here soon.
    Congratulations You are going to love it, trust me.

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    Very very quick tests. JUST got the lens and I'm off to work.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawfa View Post
    Very very quick tests. JUST got the lens and I'm off to work.
    Great first shots.

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    Still haven't had much time for proper testing, so here are some more quick self portraits. In 2 weeks I will have a gig and I will use the 55mm for sure.

    P.S - The images didn't look this gritty when I was treating them on PS...I think there might be something wrong with my monitor.








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    Had some fun with my 55/1.8 today. What a lens. Turning out to be my favorite 50 of all time.


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    Happy Mother's Day















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    The FE55 actually has some well-developed character in it's images. It is close to my favourite normal lens of all I have used, a bokeh machine wide open with really wonderful (a7r) landscapes at f11, very good close up with creamy fade, and just devastating at long distance.

    I've never quite loved any Planar, but I think the six or seven Sonnars I have are special, especially the short telephotos (85mm - 135mm), which the FE55 so resembles.

    This is an interesting short interview with Naoki Miyagawa - the intense young guy on the right - who is only 30 years old and already has both FE primes and the E 35/1.8 (and more earlier on) to his credit. His favourite lens is the 135STF, the article has its convincing MTF :

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    Why Sonnar?

    "naturally redirects stray light towards the outside of the lens, which provides a better micro-contrast and better definition of the Sonnar"
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    Carter, A7, Snapseed adjusted...

    What rain can do...:-)
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    Chad, great second shot!!

    Rawfa, your mom looks great!! There is an underwater housing available for the a6000 that I may pick up if I get the a6000 and the 55/1.8

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    That's odd, but DXO now has the 55 mm 1.8 FE lens as #10 on their ratings. Not long ago it was the #2 lens, almost scoring as high as the Otus. Even more strange is that it now placed behind many other lenses that it previously scored above!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    That's odd, but DXO now has the 55 mm 1.8 FE lens as #10 on their ratings. Not long ago it was the #2 lens, almost scoring as high as the Otus. Even more strange is that it now placed behind many other lenses that it previously scored above!?
    The way the FE lenses are put together it doesn't surprise me at all ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    That's odd, but DXO now has the 55 mm 1.8 FE lens as #10 on their ratings. Not long ago it was the #2 lens, almost scoring as high as the Otus. Even more strange is that it now placed behind many other lenses that it previously scored above!?
    Maybe this is some kind of error on the DXO site but to be honest, I don't care if it's 500th on their list. This lens is spectacular!
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    I don't really care either, bottom line its a excellent lens.
    Photography is all about experimentation and without it you will never learn art.

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    Re: Fun with FE 55mm 1.8

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    That's odd, but DXO now has the 55 mm 1.8 FE lens as #10 on their ratings. Not long ago it was the #2 lens, almost scoring as high as the Otus. Even more strange is that it now placed behind many other lenses that it previously scored above!?
    The ranking may be different depending upon the sensor on which it was tested. So did you take notice of the sensor/lens pairs ?

    May be that there are some new great lenses or great sensors issued since the karst time you looked at the ranking ?

    Edit :

    Is that the page at which you were looking ? http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Best-...pness-rankings

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    I agree it's a great lens - the best FF lens i've used in this FL.

    AnnaT, i just went on the lens ratings tab like i've done so many times before. When it rated #2, it was paired with the A7r. With that combo it beat many other's too like the D800/Sigma 35mm 1.4 (which is also an insanely good lens), and the 85mm 1.4 G. Regardless, i'm getting a little frustrated by the lack of good wide FE primes. I'm not against adapters, but it negates the compact FF idea.

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    Guys, maybe I need some help here. I tried the 55FE, wanting to love it, and was disappointed, so I didn't buy. I held out for 4 months and caved in. Now I own it, and can't find a way to love it. Sure, it is pleasant to sue, very sharp and all that. My issue is weak colour differentiation/discrimination. Meaning, when I shoot a scene with small color variations, like multiple buildings with different shadings of the same colour, the FE55 just doesn't give me the whole gamut the way my FE35 does. I found this on the 3 I tested, so it can't be a case of single bad lens. What are your findings? Do you cure this in PP?

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    I personally haven't noticed any issues with "color differentiation" when shooting with my 55/1.8 so I didn't do any extensive checks/comparisons. When you notice this are you comparing SOOC JPGs or you are developing RAWs? Only thing I noticed is that 35/2.8 seems to be having more aggressive "lens correction".

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    I shoot RAWs. I developped some of them in LightRoom and some in Capture One, and get the same "issue", or lack of performance, rather, with both

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    Hmmm... is there a way you could show us example of it? Based on that I could try to reproduce it with my 55/1.8 and 35/2.8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philber View Post
    My issue is weak colour differentiation/discrimination. Meaning, when I shoot a scene with small color variations, like multiple buildings with different shadings of the same colour, the FE55 just doesn't give me the whole gamut the way my FE35 does. I found this on the 3 I tested, so it can't be a case of single bad lens. What are your findings? Do you cure this in PP?
    I am not the expert here, but what you are describing sounds like the effect that Sean Reid was talking about regarding high contrast lenses like Zeiss.

    According to Sean, if I remember correctly, high contrast lenses essentially pre-process the image. They tend to crush the shadows and yield a much snappier image right off the bat. Medium contrast lenses do less up-front processing, allowing a more "complete" pallet, but a more flat image.

    I don't know if this is "the truth" but it seems to resonate with what you are experiencing.

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