Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM A-mount lens review by The Toots
|The Toots#11723 date: Mar-12-2014
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|I own this lens
|Very sharp stopped down a bit
It's a prime
|Cheap build, very plastic.
AF is poor, hunts a lot.
Af/MF switch means no DMF
|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.