Sony FE 85mm F1.8 E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 10   
reviewer#44095 date: Jul-2-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:A-Mount 85 mm 1.4 G RS
price paid:600 €
positive:Very sharp from wide open
Light weight
Focus hold button for Eye-AF
Very fast AF
Price
negative:Wide open the uncorrected vignetting is over 2 stops
comment:In combination with an A7r3 auto-correction on and IBIS this lens is close to perfect.
Just because I saw some comments: the lens has dust an moisture sealing and i didn't encounter any problems in the 6 months of heavy use.
reviewer#44078 date: Jun-4-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Fuji 56mm F/1.2 on APS-C.
Fuji 90mm F/2 on APS-C.
price paid:499 USD new
positive:Superb portrait lens in natural light. I have not tested it with studio strobes. Programmable button on the lens (I use mine for eye focus) is brilliant.
negative:I would love to have an aperture ring on Sony lenses. But, using the thumb wheel is almost as fast.
comment:I didn't think Sony would be able to match Fuji for skin tones. I was wrong. With the proper custom white balance set on my A7II, this lens renders images which look similar to Portra film. For portraits, I actually like the more muted (and realistic) color gradations I get with this lens over the more saturated colors I get with my Fuji gear. I don't think you can find a better portrait lens on any system for this price.
reviewer#44031 date: Mar-17-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:SONY FE28f2.Sigma A 35f1.4. Sigma A 50f1.4. Zeiss FE55f1.8. SONY FE85f1.8. Zeiss 135f1.8. SONY SAL 70-200f2.8G
price paid:£436.00
positive:The best value for money lens available with FE mount bar none.
Well made and great form factor. As sharp as the Zeiss 55f1.8. Need I say more.
negative:Toy-town $1.00 hood that SONY has the cheek to sell replacements at 30x that amount.
comment:Great balance, ultra sharp, ultra detailed, well made, I could go on and on. For the money there is no competition.
It is sharper than the GM or Zeiss and the IQ is excellent in every regard. RECOMMENDED...
reviewer#43022 date: Feb-27-2018
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 1.4/85
Carl Zeiss 1.4/85 ZF.2
Jupiter 9 2/85
price paid:507 euro (new)
positive:Sharp (even wide open)
Light (for a fast 85mm)
Custom control button on the lens (for Eye-AF)
negative:MF experience (because of focus by-wire)
comment:Been trying to find a do-it-all 85mm lens for the last few years. Where the Sigma did do it for sharpness, I did not like the colours or bokeh. The Carl Zeiss was just not as sharp wide open, but liked its colours & bokeh. The jupiter 9 is a fine lens, but nowhere near a do-it-all lens, a very decent portrait lens, yes!

For me this Sony 1.8/85 does-it-all. No real flaws (I haven't seen any bad CA, yet?). I am amazed by its sharpness wide open, just stunning, also into the corners. Colours are pleasant/neutral. Bokeh is smooth, has POP, nice rendering (no, not like a 1.4 OoF nice).

The custom button is a very nice feature that I would like on all (AF) lenses. Manual focus experience is just not the same as any of my Loxia or vintage lenses, but I knew this was a trade-off so no complaining. I gave 4 rating on build because of this though (& no aperture ring).

CZ & Sigma are now sold, Sony + Jupiter are here to stay.
If you are into the market for a 85mm on your Sony A7-9 series, this one is hard to beat on pure price&preformance ratio.
reviewer#40962 date: Nov-8-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:90 2.8 85 Samyang 28-70g , 85 2.8 whatever
price paid:$599.00
positive:Everything, really, Focussing, sharpness, weight and price.
negative:none
comment:Great lens. In the studio and out, no point plumping for Gmaster in my opinion but I would take one just for the aperture dial.
reviewer#40961 date: Nov-8-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100/2
CZ 85/1.4 (A mount)
CZ 55/1.8 (APS-C & FF)
price paid:450€
positive:light & small
AF/MF button
build quality
negative:no OSS
comment:I made a first shooting with this lens

It is just great !
I love the result it gives

no specific issues after this shooting
reviewer#37852 date: May-6-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:85mm 1.4 GMaster
price paid:599 Euro
positive:Weight and Smallness, Feel, IQ.
negative:nothing
comment:This is a great lens! For the money? Not only for the money! I love this lens. For studio-portrait-work I use the GMaster on a tripod, but I can't really see the difference in the photos between the two lenses. For daily work and for travelling, this is a must have. And the bokeh is awesome! Lovely!
reviewer#37850 date: May-6-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sigma 85mm F/1.4
SONY SEL55F18
Sony SEL2470F4
price paid:€640
positive:The lens perfectly matches the A7 size.
It's light and well build. The Focus Hold button on the lens can be configured to start Eye AF. It's sharp, straight from F/1.8 and the improves (edges) towards F/3.5
I like the AF/AM switch that, compared to the sigma, doesn't flip all the time.
negative:The lens shows some CA, persistent in some situations. It requires manual intervention in Lightroom. It shows some flare, but nothing more then I expected.
It has no OS, but using a A7Rii that doesn't matter much to me
comment:Given the price I'm glad I didn't bye the Batis 85mm, that was on my list first.
I like the 85mm and 135mm length a lot and this replaces my Sigma (which was very good too).
reviewer#37836 date: Apr-18-2017
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:None
price paid:£599
positive:Price
Performance
Weight and balance
negative:Bokeh slightly less impressive than Zeiss and GM
Not weathersealed
comment:Got this lens pretty much on release day. While I've not shot as many portraits as I'd like, I know from use it'll do an admirable job. AF is swift and accurate. Colours are good and bokeh attractive.

Balance with A7ii is excellent and as body has ibis, not putting OSS as a negative.
reviewer#36792 date: Mar-21-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:• Sony FE 2,8/90 mm Macro G
• Minolta M-Rokkor 4,0/90 mm
price paid:649,00 €
positive:• sharpness
• size and weight
• silent SSM-Drive
• weather sealing
• focus-hold button
• AF/MF - switch
negative:• lack of OSS
• filter-size of 67 mm (not mine)
comment:The Sony FE 1,8/85 mm represents a very good compromise between price, performance and weight.

The sharpness performance with full aperture is good, from f4,0 excellent.

Compared to the Sony FE 2,8/90 mm Macro at f2.8 less sharp, but still good. Compared to the Minolta M-Rokkor 4,0/90 mm at f4,0 on the same level, but not better.

The fast and quiet SSM drive, the internal focusing, the focus-hold button, the AF/MF - switch and the sealing against dust and moisture are convincing. The balance on the A6500 is very good for me.

Build has only been rated "4" due to the lack of OSS and the filter size of 67 mm.

Flare control can be a problem too with this lens.

Conclusion: In terms of price, the Sony FE 1.8/85 mm is a welcome addition to the Sony lens-program and due to the offered performance highly recommended!
reviews found: 10   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 10
  • sharpness: 4.95
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.60
  • distortion: 4.90
  • flare control: 4.80
  • overall: 4.85

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