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Sony Alpha SAL85F28 85mm f/2.8 A-mount Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens (Black)

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  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: SAL85F28
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 85 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 85 millimeters
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Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF APS-C / DX APS-C / DX 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F1.8 F1.8 F1.4
Minimum Aperture 22 32 22 22
Photo Filter Thread Size 55 millimeters 49 millimeters 55 millimeters 72 millimeters
Minimum Focus Distance 0.6 meters 0.34 meters 0.23 meters 0.85 meters
Weight 0.4 pounds 0.4 pounds 0.4 pounds 1.2 pounds
Dimension 52.0 x 70.0 x 4.0 inches 45.0 x 70.0 x 4.1 inches 52.0 x 70.0 x 4.0 inches 73.0 x 82.0 x 3.5 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 52 x 70 x 4 inches ; 6.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0042GFYHW
  • Item model number: SAL85F28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2010

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

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85mm F2.8 SAM Prime Lens

This lightweight, compact lens offers an 85mm medium telephoto focal length on 35 mm full-frame cameras, and a 127.5 mm equivalent telephoto focal length on APS-C format Interchangeable-lens digital cameras. Color aberration is minimal, and contrast and resolution are excellent even at maximum F2.8 aperture.

85mm F2.8 SAM Prime Lens

Technology

Circular Aperture
Distance encoder
SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor)

Circular Aperture

When changing your aperture to defocus the background, the light sources appear blurred. This ‘bokeh’ effect of the blurred background can be enhanced with circular aperture blades used in this lens. Conventional aperture blades have flat sides creating unappealing polygonal shaped defocussed points of light. α lenses overcome this problem through a unique design that keeps the aperture almost perfectly circular from its wide-open setting to when it is closed by 2 stops. Smoother, more natural defocusing can be obtained as a result.

Distance encoder

The distance encoder plays an integral part in ADI flash metering, which delivers high precision flash metering that is unaffected by the reflectance of subjects or backgrounds. The distance encoder is a lens component that directly detects the position of the focusing mechanism, and sends a signal to the CPU in order to measure distance to the subject. During flash photography, this data is very useful in calculating how much flash output is appropriate to the scene.

SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor)

Rather than using the focus drive motor in the camera body, SAM lenses feature an autofocus motor built into to the lens itself that directly drives the focusing element group. Since the built-in motor directly rotates the focus mechanism, operation is significantly smoother and quieter than conventional coupled autofocus drive systems.

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Product Description


The SAL-85F28 standard to medium telephoto lens is perfect for getting tight on your subject and capturing flawless details. It includes an SH111 solid-circular lens hood, front and rear lens caps, plus a handy carrying case.

FEATURES:
  • Excellent Contrast Reproduction - Precision optical design to provide high contrast from image center to periphery.
  • Smooth Backgrounds - The combination of large F2.8 aperture and circular aperture design delivers smooth, natural defocusing effects.
  • SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) - Autofocus signals received from the camera body control a motor built into the lens. The internal motor directly drives the focusing group for smooth autofocus operation.

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Very sharp, and gives great bokeh!
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It was a solid performer but the plastic lens mount hardly instilled confidence.
Michael Porterfield
I am really impressed with the image quality of this lens.
Z. Xu

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy S. Lezin on December 2, 2011
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I read all of the reviews, then went out and bought Sony's 35mm and 85mm lenses (SAM). Yes, they're cheap Chinese plastic and they may not make my estate list for my kids. Who cares? The optics are outstanding, the focus is reasonably fast and the images are tack sharp and contrasty. In my lifetime I've had Leicas, Hasselblads, Nikons, full frame Canons, Lumix (4:3), Linhof Technicas . . . .the list goes on. None of them can match the performance of this cheap lens. I'm also pleased with the weight (another benefit of low build quality). The 35mm is my "walking around' lens and I've become quite attached to it. I use the 85mm for aerial photography, with 20x30 enlargements. So for those of you who are hung up on the build quality, think of it this way. Do you really want to spend (seven) times as much on a lens that is built better, but gives virtually the same performance? Why not spend the money on travel and shoot some great shots?

What you may not realize about the 85mm is that it's super compact. Mounted on the Sony A65, it's no larger than a small wide angle lens, yet it yields a view akin to a 130mm. Talk about stealth mode. For a fraction of the cost of a CZ lens, I figure I can go through seven or eight of these if I have to and still be ahead. Great optics that will serve me well. It doesn't pretend to be anything else . . . .it's sharp, light, small and cheaply made. Use it tell it falls apart!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stewart on April 1, 2012
I got this lens for my wife as an affordable alternative to the Zeiss 85mm, which I use myself. Much to my surprise, this lens is nearly as good as the Zeiss, which costs many times more. The 85mm focal length on APS-C is great for portraiture. The subtle distortion and telephoto compression are very flattering and the shallower depth of field allows for easy background blur, thus emphasizing the subject. Yeah, the Zeiss is a nearly perfect lens, but this lens is a much better value and takes great photos in its own right.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Z. Xu on November 17, 2011
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I use this 85f2.8 lens with my Nex-5 with Sony's LA-EA1 adapter. As this is a SAM lens, its auto focus using the adapter is painfully slow. Knowing this beforehand, I never planned to use the auto focus function and so was not disappointed. The manual focus ring is very light and can be operated with one finger. Manual focus is quick and accurate.

I am really impressed with the image quality of this lens. It is very sharp, and bokeh quality satisfying. You can easily tell the image quality difference between this lens and Nex-5's E-mount 18-55mm, 16mm, or the A-mount SAM 35f1.8. When I upload pictures to Picasa for sharing with friends and family, most selected pics were taken with this lens.

On cameras that are not full frame, the focal length is equiv. to about 130mm, which may sound a bit too long for portraits. But to me this is perfect for head shots indoor and head and upper body shots outdoor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rzero21 on December 15, 2013
This year I bought a dslr-a850 in new condition for 850USD at a local store and since all I had before was a NEX-5 with some E-mount lenses, DT A-mount lenses and Legacy Lenses (Canon, Kiron, Vivitar, etc) decided to buy two fullframe lenses for less than 400USD. The first one was a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7. Small, light, good quality (metal construction), second hand yes, but so far good enough for me (Less than 90 USD). The second lens was without a doubt this one, since I have seen excellent samples over the internet coming from this lens and the a850 combo. Wanted to replicate the same combo and now I'm really happy with it.

PROs:
- Sharp even wide open with some vignetting but that's normal in Fullframe lenses when used on Fullframe cameras so not a cons at all.
- Pretty small
- Cheap considering all other Sony Fullframe lenses are over 400USD.
- Smooth bokeh

CONs:
- SAM Smooth Autofocus Motor, don't like it at all since I can't DMF. If it was just a normal screw AF lens like the old minolta AFs and Sony screw lenses, I could use that function with my a850 without issues.
- Plastic construction.
- No dampening at all when Manual Focusing. You can loose critical focus easily compared to other lenses.

First, I don't see any benefits at all to adopting the SAM focusing system instead of using the screw lenses. You don't have DMF (unless you have the SAL18135 that uses SAM and has DMF). Compared to screw lenses, they aren't fast nor silent. They take space on the lens body and increase price tag with each lens. To me, SAM motors aren't needed at all. Leave it with screw motor or SSM.

Second, is the MF ring. I have seen myself relying on AF since the MF ring isn't dampened.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wing Wong on October 28, 2013
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This lens is literally a fraction of the weight of my Tamron 17-50/2.8 and weighs less than the 50/1.4.

The SAM motor is definitely nowhere near as fast or silent as an USM/SSM based lens. However, this lens also weighs next to nothing. Three of the A77 batteries will weigh more than this lens, if that gives you a sense of how light this lens is.

I made some test shots after receiving the lens in the mail. The image quality coming through the lens is nice. Very clear and works well in normal indoor night time lighting, as expected of a 2.8 lens.

This is definitely a great moderate telephoto prime for the weight. However, focusing could hunt in low light conditions. There is also no focus limiter, so given the range, it can take a while to AF.
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