Sony SEL85F18 85mm F/1.8-22 Medium-Telephoto Fixed Prime Camera Lens, Black
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- Wide F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects
- 9-blade circular aperture creates beautiful round defocused bokeh
- ED glass element for corner-to-corner sharpness
- Double Linear motor system for fast, quiet and precise focusing
- Direct control w/ customizable focus hold button and AF/MF switch
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FE 85mm F1.8 Sony Alpha Full-frame E-mount Fast Prime Lens
Capture beautiful portraits with this affordable 85mm F1.8 full-frame E-mount mid-telephoto prime lens. This compact, lightweight lens is ideal for both full-frame and APS C cameras. The 9-blade fast F1.8 aperture delivers beautiful background defocus effects while the dust and moisture resistant design offers robust reliability. (camera body shown sold separately)
Large F1.8 maximum aperture
The 85mm focal length is a perfect choice for portrait photography as the maximum F1.8 aperture opens up a world of beautiful prime-lens bokeh. The large F1.8 maximum aperture enables beautiful defocusing effects and enables massive amount of light for low-light or dimly lit shooting scenarios.
AF /MF switch
A direct AF/MF switch on the lens barrel conveniently allows for fast selection between autofocus or manual focus without having to access any menus.
Refined optical performance
The refined optical design includes an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element which dramatically reduces chromatic aberration and provides superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings, resulting in corner-to-corner sharpness.
Dust and moisture resistant for robust reliability
The dust and moisture resistant design makes this lens appropriate for heavy-duty outdoor use, especially when combined with a camera that employs weather resistant measures. 1
Double linear motor system for fast and precise focusing
A double linear motor system is used to allow fast, precise focusing, even at challenging maximum F1.8 aperture where the depth of field is very shallow. Operation is responsive and quiet whether you’re focusing manually or using autofocus. This, with its rapid response ability for fine focus adjustment, make it ideal for movie recording as well.
9-blade circular aperture
The 9-blade circular aperture maximizes the beauty captured by this large-aperture prime-lens, contributing to impressive images in which the subject stands out against a smoothly defocused background bokeh as well as naturally rendered points of defocused light.
Customizable focus hold button
The focus hold button not only performs its primary function to lock focus when recomposing, but can be customized to a number of other functions depending on your needs. In addition to Focus Hold, these custom functions include: Eye AF, AF On, Aperture Preview, Shot Result Preview or Bright Monitoring.
Only the middle groups of the optical system move to achieve focus, so the overall length of the lens does not change when focusing. This is especially important when using for video recording. Other important benefits include fast autofocusing and a short minimum focusing distance. Also, the filter thread at the front of the lens does not rotate, which is convenient when using a polarizing filter.
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1 Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture resistant.
|Item Dimensions||4.69 x 3.82 x 4.49 inches|
|Item Weight||1.19 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Prime|
|Maximum Focal Length||85|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C|
|Minimum Focal Length||0.8|
|Shipping Weight||1.45 pounds|
Capture beautiful portraits with this affordable 85mm F1.8 full-frame E-Mount mid-telephoto prime lens. This compact, lightweight lens is ideal for both full-frame and apps C cameras. The 9-blade fast F1.8 aperture delivers beautiful background defocusing effects while the dust and moisture resistant design offers robust reliability.
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Top Customer Reviews
Value - At this time, this 85/1.8 is the best solution for the money. Still pricey though vs Canon/Nikon.
AF - Wow. Quiet and fast. This isn't some bottom of the barrel system (IE FE 50/1.8 for $200)
Ergonomics - M/AF switch and programmable button on lens (Auto EYE for me) are a big win. Knurled focus ring vs. the Batis rubber (meh) - far better. Not too heavy or front heavy.
Build quality - I'm suspect of Sony's quality on bigger lenses, but this lens seems adequate in terms of weight and construction.
After about a month with the lens, I want to add my name to the list of owners that are happy with this lens.
The lens is sharp from wide open with relatively neutral colors and contrast. It lacks the micro contrast that the Zeiss lenses are known for, but this can be added in post processing to a degree. I actually prefer this approach for portraits and feel that this makes this a better portrait lens than the Batis 85mm. I also think the broken is slightly better, but it is similar in look to the Batis in that regard from the photos I have seen.
The 85 GM is a better portrait lens if you need nicer rendering and bokeh, but I think this lens wins for versatility. Autofocus is very fast, even on the older bodies. It might be my fastest lens for focusing, even though my fe 28 and zeiss 55 are very close and focus great as well.
The only weakness seems to be in strong backlight, where the lens loses contrast, and with CA in certain situations.
It's not perfect, but a really strong performing lens and the best option for most shooters in this focal length in my opinion.
Decent price point
Near silent focusing
Solid build (feels sturdy/solid)
Great image quality, great for portrait work with it's depth of field abilities.
Sharp, fast focus
Awesome low light performance + shadow recovery
Lens is pretty big. It does look more "professional"(than 28-70mm), but might be a little bulky for walking around all day with.
NOT stabilized. No OSS in the lens. Wasn't a deal breaker for me, and I haven't noticed any unwanted motion blur yet, even in very low light.
Not really a con, (should be expected), but I feel it might be worth mentioning - This lens is fixed at 85mm, which is a flattering focal length for people's faces, but it's not going to allow you much flexibility. Won't ever effect you if you're shooting outside or in a place where you can take a few steps back from your subject. But I could see it becoming an issue trying to shoot in a tight space. This lens will definitely not work well for something like indoor real estate photography, which isn't it's intended use anyway. This shouldn't surprise anyone, but this is my first prime lens and it takes a little time to get used to.
Overall review - I wanted a prime lens, specifically to do portraits and low light photography with. Was looking for something I could get nice soft out of focus backgrounds, smooth bokeh, and sharp focus on my subject. I've been nothing but impressed with this lens's performance so far. If you want a lens around this focal length, and the Batis and G Master are out of your price range, this will be your best option.
Bought this as my first prime/fixed focal length lens for my Sony a7. Only been able to shoot with it a few times so far, but right away I was impressed with the sharpness and image quality. The other two lenses I own are the 28-70 kit lens that comes with the a7, and the 35mm macro lens. The 85mm f/1.8 is noticeably sharper throughout the frame than the 28-70. The 85mm allows you to blur backgrounds to a nice smooth, creamy out of focus. Great bokeh, pretty smooth and round. I did see that sometimes the bokeh will look more football shaped than round, but I've been able to capture perfectly circle bokehs as well. One of the main reasons I got this lens was for the f/1.8. The 28-70 is f/3.5, which really didn't allow me to do the style of low light photography I wanted to do. I've shot around/after sunset with the 85mm 3 times now, and the performance is great. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit, and I've been really impressed with the shadow recovery with the 85mm lens. I was able to expose to the darkening sky after sunset, with my subject almost completely black, and still recover that subject in post by bringing up the shadows.
I might upload some before/after images as examples if I get around to it.
I own the a6300 and a6000, my setup includes the 18-105G, 70-300 G, 50mm FE 1.8, and now this beast, the 85mm FE 1.8. It is obviously not a G Master 85mm, but this lens is sharp as a tack wide open at f1.8.
If you are looking for an affordable 85mm, for either your FF or APS-C e-mount Sony body, you cannot go wrong with this lens.
If cat eye bokeh and CA doesn't bother you and you want to save money, this is the lens to get.