Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens, very Close to Otus 55mm per DXO« on: February 23, 2014, 11:15:03 PM »
Again, for an f/1.8 aperture prime, the Sony FE 55mm seems very expensive for what it is. I believe the main reason it is so expensive is because it has a captive market with no other native prime at that focal length available. (
I agree Sony pricing is wacky, e.g. behold the RX1R and accessory pricing. I probably would not have bought the FE 55 mm, or the A7R, if it werent' for the great deal at Focus Camera. I have owned Canon 50 f/1.8II, Canon 50 f/1.4, Canon FL 55 mm f/1.2 (converted to EOS), Canon 50L, and I have used the Sigma 50 f/1.4 (non-ART). I have sold them off one by one and am left with only the 50L, which I would have sold except it works great with 5D III AF system despite its issues. Heck, the 50 mm range of my Canon 24-70 II probably is the sharpest of all of them.
Unlike many who find the 50 mm range boring, I love that focal length, and I blame Canon for not coming up with a truly great fast 50 mm for so long, too busy putting IS on their wide angles The FL 55mm f/1.2 was fun, but manual focusing at wide apertures just took too long to be useful in real life for events, people, kids, etc.
The FE55 mm should hopefully fill my 50 mm void until Canon puts out a worthy one, a simple 50 mm f1.8 or f1.4 with good sharpness wide open and rounded blades/better bokeh would be sufficient. I fear Canon will price it $8-900 even for non-L, if it ever comes out, though. Just hope it will not be a 50 f/2.0 IS for $1000