Automatic or manual? Sony 55 ZA vs Zeiss Loxia 50 (part 2)

So, last time we’ve left each other with a valid reason to buy a Zeiss Loxia 50mm… and even if there were equally as many reasons to choose a Sony/Zeiss 55mm, today I’m gonna try to give you a definitive taste of its strong points.

And obviously, at the end, I’ll summarize the lot into only one picture.

This time we start with the Loxia.

***In the first shot with tea packages I wanted to show how it behaves wide open; at the pure resolution level it had better use f2 only with clean and smooth light, but it got by pretty much well. Bokeh is one of a kind and under this aspect it differentiates itself from the the 55mm. The fans’ enlargements underline how the image appear material and voluminous***

***Here below the red dress’ fold is killing three-dimensional; colors are literally alive and the background’s black looks like painted. In the lamp’s detail (f7.1 and 1000ISO) glass has a rendition to say the least spectacular. Notice also how bokeh is soft and spread out even at medium/small apertures. Metal’s realism in the last enlargement is incredible***

Now let’s dedicate ourselves to the 55mm.

***The details enlarged in this gallery show resolution and incisiveness at f3.5 (the dagger shot). Bokeh at f2.5 (the colored lamps shot) is quite a lot clean and defined, even if it’s less spread out in respect to the Loxia***

Ok, the moment has come: what is the Sony/Zeiss 55mm capable of?

***I think that the image below summarize perfectly all the potentialities of this lens: it’s a little concentrate of goodness with resolution and contrast of a very high level. The photograph has been underexposed by -0,7EV (f3.5 and 800ISO) to avoid burning detail under the incandescent lamp. The knot and the other fabric enlargements show colors, contrast and fine details that look like limitless***

As always, Sony A7RmkII and original JPEG files.

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