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Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum

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Product Highlights
  • Aspherical

The Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens is an ultra-bright lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. Although you can only use this lens in manual focus mode, it is fully compatible with the automated features available with digital SLR cameras. It is compact and lightweight, and offers the ideal focal length and bright aperture for use as a portrait lens.

Bright f/1.4 aperture
Ideal focal length for portrait use
Aspherical lens elements provide high quality images
Focal Length 85mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Angle of View 28.3°
APS-C Picture Angle: 18.8°
Minimum Focus Distance 1' (30.48 cm)
Magnification 0.08x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:13
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 8
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Filter Thread 72 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.80 x 2.99" (7.11 x 7.59 cm)
Weight 1.2 lb (544 g)
Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • Lens Pouch
  • 1-Year Warranty

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    By LenCook

    from Fremont, CA

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    • Bright
    • Sharp Focus
    • Strong Construction


    • No focus confirm wSony
    • Slow Focus

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    • Special Effects

    Comments about Vivitar 85mm f/1.4 Series 1 Manual Focus Lens for Sony Alpha & Minolta Maxxum:

    At f/1.4 this lens is plenty bright with only a whisper of DOF. Fortunately, my Sony body has interchangeable focus screens; even at 1.4 this lens is difficult to focus with the standard (aerial) screen. Sony doesn't help much here; such lenses don't activate the focusing sensors at all, so there's no focus confirmation. Apertures other than f/1.4 are really annoying. The diaphragm is manual but at this price the designers should have included a preset ring just like the good ol' days of preset lenses. Build quality seems reasonably solid for the hefty amount of glass.

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