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

reviewer#29628 date: Jul-15-2016
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
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:Zeiss 85 f1.4 (A mount), Zeiss 135 1.8, 135 STF, Minolta 100 SF
price paid:US $ 1600 (open box)
positive:Crazy Sharp, perfect bokeh
negative:Little noisy (doesnt bother me), heavy, not the fastest AF
comment:So far, this is the best lens I have ever owned, only followed very close by Zeiss 35 1.4 (E moount).
Until now, no lens could challenge STF Bokeh, but believe me this is a lot better, is perfectly rounded, is almost unreal. I'm a prime guy, but now I'm thinking on the 70-200 GM due to the perfection of this 85.
Some reviews says that is soft at 1.4, my copy is not, but be aware of its shallow depth of field, if you are too close to your subject you will get only a few eyelashes on focus.
Transtion between focus and out focus areas are incredibly smooth.
If you are a portrait photographer this lens is a MUST, but this incredible results comes with a price, AF is not crazy fast and its heavy, but believe me its worthy.
If weight and fast AF are a key point for you, then the Batis could be a better option, if not go for the GM.

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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