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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Sounds pretty good . Sharp and great AF is a combo I'm looking for.


Mar 17, 2017 at 03:44 PM
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Thanks, Fred I have to agree with your examinations although the FE 1.8/85 feels a little different in terms of bokeh. I don't have the Batis anymore, just the GM so I can't make a prove on that.

Take a look at the aperture series. I must say that this lens seems to have laser qualities

The file is too large for the forum, I linked directly:

Aperture Series



Mar 17, 2017 at 04:11 PM
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Jannik Peters wrote:
Thanks, Fred I have to agree with your examinations although the FE 1.8/85 feels a little different in terms of bokeh. I don't have the Batis anymore, just the GM so I can't make a prove on that.

Take a look at the aperture series. I must say that this lens seems to have laser qualities

The file is too large for the forum, I linked directly:

Aperture Series


It seems to peak around f/4 at infinity distance although it's impressive from wide-open. How much was that lens again?

Your results are similar to ePhotozine's at closer distance.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1479836/0#13955096

I much prefer seeing great results from real images than graphs. Thanks Jannik!



Mar 17, 2017 at 04:21 PM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Yes, I am pleasantly surprised as well. Even wide open, it is decently sharp and contrast and sharpness are extremely high at f4.


Mar 17, 2017 at 04:29 PM
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p.4 #5 · p.4 #5 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


this lens perform extremely well at 1.8, 2, 2.8 i was really surprised about that. Its an excellent combo with A7RII


Mar 17, 2017 at 06:02 PM
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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Sounds like a great lens.
I wish 28/2 was a 35/2 and with the new 85, would have been a great 2 lens kit.



Mar 20, 2017 at 07:38 PM
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nandadevieast wrote:
Sounds like a great lens.
I wish 28/2 was a 35/2 and with the new 85, would have been a great 2 lens kit.


Indeed! I plan to use a 2 camera 2 lens kit for that, focal length combination:

A6500-+ 1.8/24
A7ii + 1.8/85



Mar 20, 2017 at 07:57 PM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


You could do it this way also:
A7ii + 85
RX1R ii

Jannik Peters wrote:
Indeed! I plan to use a 2 camera 2 lens kit for that, focal length combination:

A6500-+ 1.8/24
A7ii + 1.8/85




Mar 21, 2017 at 04:04 AM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Comparison to GM 85mm 1.4 at mobile01:
https://www.mobile01.com/newsdetail/20910/sony-fe-85mm-f1-8



Mar 21, 2017 at 04:23 AM
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p.4 #10 · p.4 #10 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Finally some decent shots. Looks very good outside the bokeh balls . The GM does have more separation or 3D pop but that is expected.


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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


I prefer the sunstars of the 1.8, which is a shame as I don't want to buy both and want good looking sunstars from my GM. I guess the rounded iris blades are the trade-off for the beautiful soft and round specular highlights of the GM.

The GM seems to have better flare control, but focuses slower and has issues sometimes in strong back light, I've experienced the AF issues a few times, very annoying.



Mar 21, 2017 at 05:01 AM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


So any news on early release in the states. I'm seeing the 30th but love to get my hands on one sooner. I got 3 weddings to go too, I'm not shooting them but love to take a couple shots for the couple.


Mar 21, 2017 at 05:33 AM
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Mar 21, 2017 at 09:30 PM
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Bespoked wrote:
I prefer the sunstars of the 1.8, which is a shame as I don't want to buy both and want good looking sunstars from my GM. I guess the rounded iris blades are the trade-off for the beautiful soft and round specular highlights of the GM.

The GM seems to have better flare control, but focuses slower and has issues sometimes in strong back light, I've experienced the AF issues a few times, very annoying.


If you like sunstars the Loxia 85's straight 10-blade aperture is unmatched.

The 85GM has unattractive sunstars because of the 11-curved-blade aperture which renders softer 22-point stars.



Mar 21, 2017 at 09:40 PM
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GMPhotography wrote:
Finally some decent shots. Looks very good outside the bokeh balls . The GM does have more separation or 3D pop but that is expected.


I agree. Great side-by-side samples!
It's not just the amount of blur. The OOF transition zone is gorgeous on the GM. To my eyes, the FE 85 bokeh rendering is similar to the Batis which is not a bad thing.

I don't think the 85/1.8 replaces the GM though. The latter has a unique character and its OOF rendering is very special. However, for travel and general use, the FE 85/1.8 is a steal for the price even though many will say it's too expensive compared to other 85/1.8 lenses. These samples demonstrate why that's not the case.



Mar 21, 2017 at 09:45 PM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Oh by the way, guys u dont find that absurd, we have the choice between 4x 85mm 1.4, Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8, Sony 85mm, Loxia 85... one 90mm, a 100mm.... but no 135, no 200mm or other telephoto... the lens family for Sony FE is a bit strangely develloped


Mar 21, 2017 at 09:48 PM
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Looks good, definitely going to pick up one of these in a couple of months, decent sun stars as well.

Yeah there really has been some strange stacking of lenses at certain focal lengths in the FE system. The four native 85's and the the 6 or so 50-55mm's.



Mar 21, 2017 at 09:53 PM
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p.4 #18 · p.4 #18 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


From the above tests, although the FE 85/1.8 is great wide open from center to the very edges, center and extreme edges seem optimal at f/4. That's an impressive performance for a budget lens. It seems to be similar or better than the Batis and GM as far as resolution goes.


Mar 21, 2017 at 10:14 PM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


aeonsim wrote:
Looks good, definitely going to pick up one of these in a couple of months, decent sun stars as well.

Yeah there really has been some strange stacking of lenses at certain focal lengths in the FE system. The four native 85's and the the 6 or so 50-55mm's.


While I can see that there are huge gaps, the stacking is strangely reassuring to me - it tells me that as the system develops it'll have not just breadth, but also depth. Historically the deepest systems offered a choice of speeds versus size and weight and economy trade offs at each FL, and we are seeing that at the most common FLs in Sony, and hopefully it will continue as the range of FLs expands.



Mar 21, 2017 at 10:30 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
If you like sunstars the Loxia 85's straight 10-blade aperture is unmatched.

The 85GM has unattractive sunstars because of the 11-curved-blade aperture which renders softer 22-point stars.


It's going to be difficult to convince my wife, who's my company accountant, that I require 3 85's, at least.
The GM for it's best in class sharpness and rendering, the 1.8/85 for its compact, lightweight ergonomics and snappy AF and the Lox for its sun stars and contrast



Mar 22, 2017 at 01:36 AM
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