Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM A-mount lens review by The Toots

reviewer#11723 date: Mar-12-2014
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 3
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.6
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:other 85mm
price paid:180 GBP
positive:Very sharp stopped down a bit
It's a prime
negative:Cheap build, very plastic.
AF is poor, hunts a lot.
Af/MF switch means no DMF
comment:If i'd have paid more i'd have been cheesed off with it but for the price this is a pretty wicked lens. I won't use it much over my other lenses so it made sense not to spend much on an 85mm.
It's sharp in the centre at 2.8 (as you'd expect) and sharp almost across the frame when stopped down. Very little distortion.
The Af/MF switch on the barrel means no DMF, which is a pain, similarly you can't use the Af/MF button on the a99 to fine tune the focus.
It hunts a fair bit in low light and makes a fair old noise whilst doing so. No back/front focus issues so far.
Nice Sony colours, same as the DT 35mm f1.8
It cost £180 though, so i can forgive all of this. It's a damn good lens considering the price.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 46
  • sharpness: 4.68
  • color: 4.70
  • build: 3.35
  • distortion: 4.70
  • flare control: 4.41
  • overall: 4.37 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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