Night shot with the Sony A7rII and Zeiss 55mm

Night shot with the Sony A7rII and Zeiss 55mm

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Shot wide open at ISO 5000. Shooting portraits in very low light has never been so much fun. The keepers I get from this combination beats anything I used in the past. AF performance is stunning. Time to to say goodbye to my mf legacy lenses :)

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10 thoughts on “Night shot with the Sony A7rII and Zeiss 55mm

  1. mike.kobal Post author

    Thanks so much, Stanton! Yes, there are some amazing 50mm lenses out there, however,the a7rii’s AF is so good I rarely use MF lenses now. Nailing focus with a standard prime wide open was a nightmare on the Canon and Nikon, unless i dialed in micro adjustment for a certain distance…. Many more keepers with this set up and quite fast

  2. Staton

    Great shot. Classic for sure.
    The 55 on my 7mkII and S, is simply astonishing. Fast to focus, rendering, color, bokeh, really a great lens.

    Ive got a few mf 50’s that I use, one is a hand-made Japanese 50 f/1.1, and a Nikon 50 f/1.2….These are both amazing lenses in their own right, but the 55 is really a great lens, and I think it has a lot to do with the concave front element, and the sonnar set-up.


    Staton Winter

  3. Laurence Zankowski


    I have been trying to come up with a comment ever since you posted this image. So difficult, from wanting to know your post processing, to whether you shot this outdoors, in a building or studio. They all seemed to fail.

    What I see here is, in my opinion, one of, if not the strongest, image I have seen on your site.

    This is truly iconic.

    Strong and clear.

    Be well


  4. mike.kobal Post author

    Yes, af performance is so good with native lenses,particularly with the 55mm, the 35mm 2.8, 28mm and 90mm macro, esp in afs mode, it equals and sometimes even surpasses top dslr af performance with high speed primes, zooms is a different matter…

  5. ron

    have you compared the Loxia 50mm to your 55mm? I’m very close to getting the A7rmk2 and am leaning towards the Loxia for a 50mm.

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