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Sony85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Nice bokeh (22)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Consistent output (14)
  • Easily interchangeable (14)

Cons

  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Low light (19)
  • Weddings (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Portraits (12)
  • Night photography (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Great lens

By Kerri

from Baltimore, MD

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

    I'm in love with this lens. Produces very nice images.

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    5.0

    Very fun lens for the a77

    By wannzone

    from chattanooga,tn

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

      I've been using the kit lens 16-50 (which i love) for a while and I wanted a new crop perspective. The 85 is really intersting and there is virtually no distortion so portraits are stunning on this lens. Surprisingly I love the shots I can produce on the street compared to a wider lens. This lens has brought a new dynamic to my photography since I've never owned a lens longer that 50mm. Was considering the 85mm zeiss for 1700 but I took the advice of others in this review section a went with this lens. I am very satisfied with my purchase.

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      4.0

      Works great with an A7

      By JG

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

          I'm using this with the Sony LAEA4 adapter on an A7. This lens seemed a very good low-cost choice for the portrait focal length. The lens is compact and very lightweight due to the extensive use of plastic (even the mount is plastic). The lens focuses accurately via the adapter and is sharp in the center wide open, which works well for the portrait use this lens will see. Very hard to top this lens for the price.

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          4.0

          Excelente producto

          By José

          from Santa Fe, Argentina

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

              Excelente el lente. Posiblemente la construcción en plástico no es la mejor pero siendo cuidadoso puede durar toda la vida.
              Las imágenes son de gran calidad, muy detallada y con buenos colores.

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              4.0

              Great lens - expectations met!

              By HFrancis

              from Bristol, WI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                  I used this lens to shoot headshots outdoors for some senior pics this past weekend. The focus is quieter than my Sony 50mm f1.8 for sure. Nice bokeh and sharp when needed.

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                  5.0

                  A must have lens for the price

                  By Bob

                  from Sulphur Springs, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraiture
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    I recently bought this lens, mostly for portrait usage, and although I have not used it much yet, I did run a series of tests on it.

                    The lens tested out very sharp edge to edge when stopped down 1-2 stops. For the price, I think it is a must have prime lens.

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                    4.0

                    Beautiful lens...Very happy.

                    By CatherineZ

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                    This is a great lens for the money. It creates beautiful images. I got it primarily for portraits and am very excited to use it more. It does take a little bit of time to auto focus, but I prefer manual focus.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Sony 85mm f/2.8

                    By Photo hobbiest

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                      This lens is fabulous! The pictures are sharp and vivid. I use this as my walking around lens, as this is a great distance. The lens is made out of plastic, although it is good quality.

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                      • Yes

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Not fragile

                      By modest

                      from Mountain View CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • No Distortion On Aps-c
                      • Usable Hand-held

                      Cons

                      • A Little Color Fringing

                      Best Uses

                      • Candid Street Photography
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                      (Don't try this at home!) While changing lenses I rested the SAL85F28 on its side and watched in stunned horror as it rolled off an edge and dropped 18 inches onto a rough concrete floor.

                      I was lucky - the SAL85F28 landed side-on, I haven't been able to find so much as a scratch, and the lens continues to function perfectly.

                      The SAL85F28 lens is sharp, so you will notice if you don't focus in exactly the right place -- and happily you will notice when you do focus in exactly the right place.

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                      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      very clear picture

                      By bison

                      from sycamore,oh

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                        macro,general uses. light & quick wish lens was wider ?

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                        4.0

                        Wonderful lens for wonderful portraits!

                        By Shutter Bug

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                          This lens suits my amature photogrpahy needs. Photos with th 85mm SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens by Sony come out crisp and clear. The service at B&H was top of the line, and I recieved my package next day! Thanks B$H

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good Portrait Lens for A77

                          By Jason

                          from Grapevine, TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            Bought to compliment the standard 16-50mm lens on my A77, F2.8 produces nice bokeh effect.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Cesman

                            from Middletown, MD.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • NONE

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            Love this lens. Mounted on my A700 and its very sharp. Bokeh are nice and focus are quite fast too. Can't complain so far.

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                            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            This lens redefines the words Good Value

                            By ChineeBoy

                            from Montreal, Canada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Image quality
                            • Lightweight
                            • Sharp

                            Cons

                            • Plastic construction
                            • Slow Focus
                            • Weak Casing

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits
                            • Studio

                            Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            Sony has done a great job with this lens. I own a 85mm f/1.4 CZ and I would say this lens is very comparable to it's more noble brother. Pictures are very similar, if not just as sharp.

                            Unless you need that extra 2 stops of light, do save your money and get this one instead as you'll barely notice the difference in image quality.

                            I mostly shoot studio with my 85s so I'm rarely under f/8. This lens is also much lighter.

                            The only drawback is that the focus on it is slightly slower than the CZ, but then again, I'm usually using it in a studio it isn't a big issue for me.

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                            5.0

                            Great Portrait Lens

                            By Ric

                            from Wind Gap, PA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                            • plastic mount

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                            This is a great lens for Portrait Photography. It is very light and very fast. No problems at all with this lens. It is all plastic which means you need to be careful mounting it. I may buy another one.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Beautiful

                            By Chas

                            from Providence, RI

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Nice Bokeh

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                              I made the mistake of trying an imported manual lens 85mm F/1.4 without realizing that SONY had an inexpensive 85mm F2.8 lens ! This lens is gorgeous.

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                              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice little lens, a great buy

                              By Wythe

                              from St Louis

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                              • Poor in Low Light
                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light

                              Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                              This lens is very sharp edge to edge. The f2.8 is very sharp, and gives me enough DOF to blur out the background. AF is accurate but not as fast as lens with SSM. No doubt the 85 F1.4 is better but it is about 7X more expensive than 85 2.8. For the price, 85 2.8 is excellent choice.

                              Pros:
                              1. Sharp from edge to edge even at f2.8. No need to stop down to increase sharpness.
                              2. Very light weight, and it's perfect to mount on the Nex cameras.

                              Cons
                              1. It's fabricated using cheap materials.
                              2. Sometimes, I hope it can have f1.8
                              3. SAM AF speed is not as fast as SSM.
                              4. SAM AF noise, not a good choice for video shooting.

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                              5.0

                              Great portrait lens

                              By KimmyJo

                              from Chicago

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Rugged

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                This is my new go-to lens for portraits. Faces are more flattering than with a wider lens. The bokeh is really nice and focus is crisp. Lightweight but substantial enough to throw in the bag and go.

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Surprisingly good lens

                                By aer

                                from Moscow, Russia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                  Bought this one as a cheap and lightweight alternative to CZ 85/1.4. I use it on full frame body (A850) for portraits and results are very good. Lens is very compact and lighweight. It's not as durable as metal CZ, but if you brake one, you can buy another one ;) Very sharp (even at corners!) straight from f/2.8 and almost free from aberrations. Auto-focus is slow and quite noisy (compared to 50/1.4), but very precise. Bokeh is smooth and nice in most cases, but don't expect anything outstanding here. Can't recommend it for shooting in low-light due to comparatively slow aperture, use fast f/1.4 lens for that.

                                  Considering price and weight - very attractive offer, especially for those who don't need extremely shallow DOF and very fast autofocus. The only drawback is SAM, I would prefer body-screw driven approach here.

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic Product

                                  By Clicking Mad

                                  from Reno, NV

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Weak Casing

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Candids
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens:

                                  This is a great value lens! I have used it mainly for photographing my children from a distance. Works well for candid style portraits when you do not want to be right in your subjects face! Very sharp, even at f/2.8.
                                  I would recommend this lens.

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