Sony a6000 and Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens - The best of Sony

While I continue to be critical of the 16-50mm kit lens for the a6000, mounting the Sony Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens onto the camera is another matter entirely. This is Sony at it's best and keeps my interest in what they come up with ongoing. And this combination is one of the reasons why I bought the a6000 and also why I get so frustrated with Sony. Because, when they do deliver a great lens the results are simply superb. It's just that there aren't enough of them.

But credit where it's due. This is a great combination. Incidentally I think I've just invented the washing line AF test! For the last picture above I set a washing line with one peg on it moving fast from side to side to see what happened when I tried to get a shot of the peg. I tried three shots with the camera focusing and me pressing the shutter immediately. I got three out of three like the shot above. And if you don't think that's impressive try it yourself.

Since the 55mm f/1.8 isn't that different to the Fuji 56mm f/1.2 I thought I might compare them. So that will be coming up soon.

Obviously there should be more lenses like this for the Sony e-mount. Either to cover a 35mm sized sensor or APS-C like this one. Incidentally, I just got a whole lot more interested in the A7s after reading that it's going to have a silent electronic shutter. I guess it may sound strange that I'm considering this after these seemingly negative posts about Sony. But then those with long memories will remember I wrote a lot of posts about issues with the Fuji X system. 

There is no doubt that Sony are great innovators, they come up with some amazing sensors and there are many things about the a6000, the A7 and A7r that I really like. All have OLED viewfinders, the shutters are nicely responsive (though noisy) the adjustable screens are useful etc. But I keep plugging away at some of the things that it seems to me are easy to fix and could make the cameras much more useful and user-friendly. The ill-thought out programme modes and the use of AVCHD instead of .MP4 or .MOV files for the highest quality video options are two things that could be easily changed. All it needs is a commitment to making the cameras handling and user options as important as the tech. that's inside them. I just wonder whether Sony give these cameras out to photographers to beta test them and if they do what kind of photographers get to do this. Plus do they listen to what those testers tell them?

It is important I believe to keep writing about how we interact with our gear. Because if issues with handling get posted often enough then it will get back to the manufacturers. Of course whether they choose to do anything about it is up to them. So in the event that anyone from Sony is reading this, you make great cameras and a few great lenses, why not improve our interaction with your cameras by changing a few things that offer us the same options and ease of operation we get with other cameras. Is that really too much to ask?

Another reminder that I've started a new group on Google+. This is for all photographers who use Mirrorless and/or Compact System Cameras. As ever, I have no problems about what you post. Links to your own stuff is fine. So if you have anything you'd like to share from Leica's to Lumix, then please feel free to post.

N.B. to see more on the cameras and lenses featured in this post click on the relevant labels (tags and keywords) at the bottom of this post.

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