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Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar Arrived

Get the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar for A7R / A7 at B&H Photo.

Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar for Sony A7R / A7

The Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar has arrived. Nice lens. And IN STOCK as I write this.

Update: I shot the 55/1.8 today. Very nice handling lightweight lens.

The results are, in context, stunning. More than ever, the idea of designing lenses with a clean slate for the sensor offers an incredible result.

One wonders what a $2000 lens could do (the 55/1.8 is about $1000). And what the point is of a Fujifilm X or Sony NEX mirrorless system or Pentax K or Nikon or Canon clunky DSLR APS-C system (other than a lower starting price* or certain specified shooting challenges), with lenses differing in size and weight hardly at all, or smaller and lighter. When you can have 24 or 36 megapixels on full frame.

Though there is one very serious issue with the A7R, very disheartening: shutter vibration. And it’s not just about telephoto lenses. Ouch.

For any serious shooter (sports and specialty uses excepted), looks to me like Sony has driven a big fat spike through the heart of the APS-C zombie.

The future has arrived, and Nikon and Canon should be changing their underwear right now, or stocking up on diapers. As in the stuff has hit the fan and stuff is in pants.

Saw two mountain lions today, one juvenile and one adult. They skedaddle quick.

* I was a slow learner: the most expensive gear you can buy are the 3 or 4 pretty good systems you buy and sell first.

Sony A7R + Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar @ f/11

Ummm... isn’t wide open supposed to suck, at least a little?

Sony A7R + Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar @ f/1.8
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