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

reviewer#9393 date: Sep-5-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 3
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.4
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 used to own this lens
compared to:MINOLTA 24-85mm, MINOLTA 100mm f2.
price paid:400 USD (new)
positive:Light weights nerly nothing compared to f1.4 version.
negative:Not as sharp at f 2.8 and 4.
comment:This is a nice little lens. It is good but not super. Not sharp at 2.8 better at 4 and needs 5.6 to be sharp all over on FF. At APS-C it is much better, sharp from f4. Has nice colors and contrast.

Makes a very good walk-around companion on my A450!

It gave very good results on my 7D.

I do not use it on my A900 as the MINOLTA 100mm f2 is that way much better.

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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