Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM E-mount lens review by Dibok

reviewer#26557 date: Apr-20-2016
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Batis 85, SAL85F14Z
price paid:1.700 €
positive:Very well built, outstanding IQ, aperture ring (de-clickable).
sharpness across the frame is perfect, the quality of the bokeh keeps what they promised - carefully applied it is smooth like silk.
negative:Focussing (either AF or MF) makes very loud strange noise. I call it "Darth Vader's lens" - seems funny, is not. Although I love the lenses' outstanding IQ, this noise makes me consider swapping back to the Batis.
comment:I am aware of the sometimes hard fates of early adopters, however I did not expect this issue related to noise. In fact the Planar (SAL Sony-Zeiss) was louder due to the screw-driven AF, but that was a different noise one accepted the lens to have. The GM's noise is terrible in comparison.
It is a pitty for the in every other aspect perfect 85mm.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 5.00
  • color: 4.83
  • build: 4.50
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.83
  • overall: 4.83 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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