105points

Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*

91points

Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

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Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* vs Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
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91
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Why is Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T* better than Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*?

  • Has full-time manual focus
  • Can focus to infinity
  • 0.4m shorter minimum focus distance
    0.1mvs0.5m
  • Is a wide angle lens
  • 31mm shorter minimum focal length
    24mmvs55mm
  • Lens hood is reversible

Why is Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* better than Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*?

  • 0.2f wider aperture at maximum focal length
    1.8fvs2f
  • 10% wider aperture at minimum focal length
    f/1.8 vs2f
  • Front element doesn't rotate
  • 274g lighter
    281gvs555g
  • 31mm longer maximum focal length
    55mmvs24mm
  • Is a normal lens
  • 32° narrower minimum angle of view
    29°vs61°

General info

1.Weather sealed
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.

2.has or is a prime lens
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.

3.Has a metal mount
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.

4.Includes lens hood
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

It comes with a lens hood so that you don’t have to buy it separately. These are used to block strong light sources, such as the sun, from the lens to prevent glare and lens flare.

5.Front element doesn't rotate
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

The front element doesn’t rotate. This is important if you use filters, as some such as polarising or gradient filters have to be orientated a certain way.

6.weight

555g

281g

Best

Canon EF 400mm F/4 DO IS II USM

2.1g

Optics

1.magnification

0.2x

0.14x

A true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.

Best

Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm F2.8-4 ASPH

14x

2.minimum angle of view

61°

29°

At the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).

Best

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD

3.maximum angle of view

84°

29°

At the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).

Best

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH

318°

4.optical zoom

1x

1x

The zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.

Best

Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

22.2x

Aperture

1.widest aperture at maximum focal length

2f

1.8f

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

1.2f

2.widest aperture

f/2

f/1.8

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Samyang XP 50mm f/1.2

f/1.2

3.smallest aperture at maximum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

4.smallest aperture at minimum focal length

22f

22f

A smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.

Best

Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW

45f

5.Has rounded aperture blades
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

6.aperture blades

9

9

The aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.

Best

Lensbaby Velvet 85

12

Focus

1.Has full-time manual focus
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

With full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.

2.Can focus to infinity
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Many lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.

3.minimum focus distance

0.1m

0.5m

This is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.

Best

Zeiss Batis 40mm f/2 CF

0.02m

4.has a silent focus motor built into the lens
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Lenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.

5.Has focus motor
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Distagon T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

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