Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
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Top 17%

Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*: 22 facts and highlights

1. widest aperture at maximum focal length

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.

2. has or is a prime lens

A prime lens has a fixed focal length. In general, these are sharper, with a wider aperture.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
48% have it

3. minimum focus distance

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.

4. Weather sealed

Device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures due to any kind of weather.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
29% have it

5. Front element doesn't rotate

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.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
62% have it

7. smallest aperture at maximum focal length

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.

8. smallest aperture at minimum focal length

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.

9. aperture blades

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.

10. magnification

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.

11. maximum angle of view

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).

12. widest aperture

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.

13. Has rounded aperture blades

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.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
74% have it

14. has a silent focus motor built into the lens

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.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
39% have it

15. Has focus motor

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
91% have it

16. Has a metal mount

A metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
94% have it

17. minimum focal length

A shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.

18. optical zoom

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

19. maximum focal length

A longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.

20. Includes lens hood

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.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
57% have it

21. Is a normal lens

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
27% have it

22. minimum angle of view

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).

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