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ctanir

Great image quality but with loud aperture noise !

January 03, 2019
I just bought this lens after seeing so many good reviews, comments and also watching many test videos. Everything is fine except for one thing. The aperture blades are chattering, making noise every time I change them. After a bit of search on internet I found out that many people had this issue as well. I'm still not sure if my lens is faulty or is it just the way this lens is. I'm kind of disappointed because even my kit lens with Sony a7 iii didn't make such noises. Considering many people say it's an almost silence lens I doubt mine, then again there are many people facing the same issue. Hope someone could give some information on this.... Read More  Hide
JoeFotosiamo
From: Los Angeles, CA

Super sharp lens! Zeiss-worthy

March 29, 2014
This lens definitely lived up to its Zeiss name! Superbly sharp across all aperture and from center to edges. The bokeh is very nice and smooth as a 55mm lens and the colors look great. I actually bought this lens instead of the 35mm and have not regretted it yet.... Read More  Hide
Thkpic1
From: CT

Superb.

July 28, 2014
This is a fantastic lens....absolutely stellar in every right. It's sharp as a tac with great contrast and pleasing bokeh. To my eyes anyway, I can' tell the difference from 1.4-1.8....the lack of speed is absolutely non-essential. In fact, its probably the reason Sony was able to nail the performance on this lens throughout it's aperture range. One thing though, the sample picture in the ad on this page of the girl is driving me nuts. Yes, you can see how much shallow DOF you can get with this lens doing portraits. However, her left eye is completely out of focus....not a professional shot in any way. Could have picked a better example IMO. Back to the lens. Yeah, its awesome.... Read More  Hide
Lacroix
From: Orange, CA

Super Sharp little GEM!

October 11, 2014
This is one of the sharpest 50mm lens I've ever used. It's also silent and fast so what else could you ask for. I just don't understand why some people buy a third party manual 50mm lenses such as Voigtlander, Leica, etc... plus adapters when this lens is "native" and can perform at the same level or better not to mention that you can use it in auto as well. Some may argue that the a F1.2 or f1.4 is the reason to get a third party expensive lens, however, until you see the sharpness and silky butter feel bokeh on this lens, you'll never know how good it is. All A7, A7R, and A7S owners should have one of these lenses in their photo bags. I know mine doesn't leave my camera.... Read More  Hide
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