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Post Options Post Options   Quote Wētāpunga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2022 at 22:51
Originally posted by nandbytes nandbytes wrote:

Don't forget there is now Voigtländer 35mm f2 APO-lanthar also.
Voigtlander's APO-lanthar lenses are known for their optical prowess.

But OP has a 35GM and I have personally not shot with any 35mm that's as good as the GM lens.


Yes, The APO-Lanthars are generally very good but apparently their 35 doesn't seem to reach the same standard https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-zeiss-loxia-35mm-2-0/

OTOH, if you (as Frank does) have a 35/1.4 GM already, then yes, I agree, there's no compelling reason to replace it or buy another 35mm
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Post Options Post Options   Quote AudioDoc Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2022 at 23:03
Originally posted by Wētāpunga Wētāpunga wrote:



Often it's not about buying the "best" lens you can find, but the lens that best suits your particular photography needs (and budget!). And the Loxias have a lot of other selling points for me- the small size makes them great for hiking with and the manual focusing experience is exceptionally good.



You've hit the nail on the head! How very true that is! This is one huge advantage of the E mount! So many lenses to choose from Sony and third party manufacturers. There is something to suit every photographer and budget. I have the complete set of Batis lenses because I love the Zeiss rendering. The focal length I use most often is 40mm (Batis). FWIW, the Batis lenses do have that OLED depth of field display, which can be handy for manual focus. Of course nothing like the Loxia experience I'm sure. Speaking of MF, I need to dust off some of my old Minolta SR mount Rokkors
and take them for a spin!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote roweraay Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 June 2022 at 22:58
I have the 85DGDN Sigma, which is pretty petite for an 85/1.4. The rendering is fantastic and I have no reservations about the lens itself.

But if I were buying today, I would however opt for the 85/1.8 Sony lens. Specifically for its compact size and lightness, and f/1.8 is plenty fast for most situations.
A7RIV/135f1.8GM/20f1.8G/35f1.4GM/85f1.4DGDNSigma/100-400GM/35-150f2-2.8Tamron/12-24f2.8GM
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2022 at 08:57
I recently picked up a Viltrox 85/1.8 for my Canon EOS-R and it is noticeably bigger then my Sony 85/1.8. I did not expect that. No review I saw mentioned this - they all said it was as good as the Sony IQ-wise. They do not tell you it is bigger (82x67 vs 92x72) and heavier (371g vs 484).

The Sony is more expensive but still affordable. I guess you pay for the smaller size and the OEM part. So, yeah, Rower, makes sense
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2022 at 09:58
Meike have just released a new 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens for E mount .
At £163 , it seems a bargain .
I'm guessing it's another lens that's a copy of a Canon lens who's patent has expired .
I'm waiting to see some reviews and I might pick one up .
https://meikeglobal.com/products/85mm-f1-8-full-frame-auto-focus-stm-lens-for-sony-e-mount-cameras
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mark_k Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2022 at 09:41
If you have already made your decision, please ignore my post.
If I am buying a 85, I will consider Sony 85/1.8 for its optical quality, being light and fast. If weight is not a problem, then I will go for Sigma DG DN.
Currently I am using adapted Sony Zeiss 85/1.4 ZA. It is small and sharp but without focusing motor, it is relatively noisy.
I also used an adapted Nikon 85/1.4 G on older Sony mirrorless bodies but newer one no longer support autofocus.

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