Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 vs Voigtlander 50mm f1.5 Nokton on Sony A7S

By raphael too

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before we get to my view of these 2 lenses, just a share of a swirly bokeh shot :) the lens [voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v1] & the model did most of the work

I won’t leave u guessing which is which and will let u know off the bat that the first image shown in each set of two is always the Sony Zeiss 55mm f1.8 and the second image shown is the Nokton 5omm f1.5.

This post came about because I was curious of the performance of the Sony Zeiss [do people really call it Zony? 😉 ] after it received so many rave reviews and was wondering if I should add it to my current lens lineup. However I have the Nokton and it was a question of course if the Sony is better.

I also shot a range of street style photos that it’s not up in this post and the Zeiss doesn’t autofocus (AF) well or fast on the A7S and the weakness is probably more to do with the A7S’ AF capability. It’s no A7R MkII or DSLR AF fast. For street both would not do well with a wide aperture and you have to stop down to 5.6 or more so the speed of the lens is not so important (probably weight and size of it are more important) and if you use a fast shutter eg. 1/125 or 1/200 then you need good high ISO capabilities, which thankfully the Sony A7S has… in spades.

my views on the lenses in the brackets below and conclusions after the pix. these are straight out of camera jpgs with minimal straightening and cropping and the lighting was constant. minor exposure slider tweaks for one of the shots. they weren’t taken one after the other but on 2 rounds of walks. Ok so I couldn’t get a model to do still shoots with right so i improvised abit. say hello to meg, sally, and harry.


Meg – Zeiss [ cooler ]

Meg – Voigtlander [ warmer and other lady is more defocused ]

Meg @ 100% – Zeiss [ cooler ]

Meg @ 100%– Voigtlander [ warmer. both are sharp wide open. one AF one MF ]

Sally – Zeiss [ cooler ]

Sally – Voigtlander [ warmer ]

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