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

Review Date: Jan 6, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, wonderful rendering, great build quality, compact (in FF terms, though fairly large for a NEX system lens)
'only' f/1.8, price,

I've only been shooting with the 55/1.8 for a few weeks, but it's quickly becoming a favourite on the A7r. It balances nicely, it's very sharp even wide open, and only improves stopped down. The OOF rendering is very smooth and pleasing.

Some will complain about the price (I got lucky with the pricing, but would pay list for this lens based on the quality), and that it's not f/1.8, or not stabilised. But what you get is a high quality, compact lens with Zeiss optics, that's lighter and about the same size as an adapted contax lens on NEX, with autofocus.