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

(based on 33 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (20)
  • Nice bokeh (20)
  • Consistent output (13)
  • Easily interchangeable (13)

Cons

  • Slow focus (3)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (18)
  • Low light (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (13)
  • Portraits (12)
  • Macro photography (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3)
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4.0

Works great with an A7

By JG

from Baltimore, MD

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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

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      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

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          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

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              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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                5.0

                Sony 85mm f/2.8

                By Photo hobbiest

                from Minnesota

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                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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                  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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                  4.0

                  very clear picture

                  By bison

                  from sycamore,oh

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  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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                      5.0

                      Good Portrait Lens for A77

                      By Jason

                      from Grapevine, TX

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                      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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                        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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                        4.0

                        Beautiful

                        By Chas

                        from Providence, RI

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                        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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                          5.0

                          Nice little lens, a great buy

                          By Wythe

                          from St Louis

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          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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                            5.0

                            Surprisingly good lens

                            By aer

                            from Moscow, Russia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            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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                              5.0

                              Very happy with this lens

                              By Tremendo

                              from San Francisco Bay Area

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                Portrait, sport

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                                5.0

                                Great portrait lens

                                By Greenhat

                                from Murfreesboro, TN

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portrait photography

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

                                  I bought this lens in anticipation of later buying a full frame camera. It works great with my Sony Alpha 500. This is a great lens for the money.

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