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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens

BH #SO8518 • MFR #SEL85F18/2
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Double Linear AF Motor
An ideal portrait-length prime, the FE 85mm f/1.8 from Sony is a sleek short-telephoto lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The bright f/1.8 design is an ideal balance between speed and a compact form factor and the slightly long focal length offers a flattering perspective for portraiture and event photography.
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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Nimble Portrait Prime
  • 3Optical Design
  • 4Autofocus and Handling
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Nimble Portrait Prime

An ideal portrait-length prime, the FE 85mm f/1.8 from Sony is a sleek short-telephoto lens designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The bright f/1.8 design is an ideal balance between speed and a compact form factor and the slightly long focal length offers a flattering perspective for portraiture and event photography.

Optical Design

  • Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture allows for fine-tuned control over depth of field and also benefits working in difficult lighting conditions.
  • One extra-low dispersion element is featured in the optical design and helps to limit color fringing and chromatic aberrations for heightened image clarity and color accuracy.
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.

Autofocus and Handling

  • Double linear autofocus motor delivers smooth, precise, and near silent focusing performance to benefit both stills and video applications.
  • Focus hold button on the lens barrel can be used to hold the focusing position, or can be set in-camera to control a variety of additional lens functions.
  • AF/MF switch for tactile control over the focus mode.
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant design for increased protection to the elements.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View29°
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.07 x 3.23" / 78 x 82 mm
Weight13.09 oz / 371 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.17 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.7 x 4.4 x 3.8"

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Reviews

High quality

By kevin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-03

So impressed with this lens. Takes very lovely high quality portrait shots with precise auto focus on the song a7c. It's lightweight and affordable

Had to get it replaced

By Rhonda
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

Lens has a vignette flare on bottom of frame when used in strong back lit situations. I sent the lens in for repair, the repair shop had it for two weeks the first time, they could not replicate flare. Second time in the shop for 7weeks. Still couldn't replicate, but they never took it outside in the sunlight to test. In between the two trips to the shop, Sony sent a loan lens for me to compare. My lens failed, the loaner did not. Finally Sony offered an exchange. Waiting on delivery today.

Great portrait lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

Use it on my Sony Ar7iii. Love this lens. Super sharp. Fast and accurate focus. Lovely skin tones. Just makes people look great. f1.8 is plenty fast for the work I do and gives good control over depth of field. Regardless of the shoot, I always take it with me.

The best Sony lens ever made

By Eugene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

Don't waste your money on 3rd party 85mm lenses. The Sony 85mm f1.8 is all you need. Super shape and super accurate! You won't be disappointed.

Great lens for the money!

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-26

A great 85mm lens, especially for the price. I use it for videography and the 1.8 is great for low light. The only slight issue I have noticed with the 85mm is that it does struggle to focus more than my Sony 55 1.8. It can struggle in light but definitely in lore light. But not a deal breaker as I use manual a lot too.

Budget lens

By Sk
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-25

Nice and sharp , good for portraits when you can't afford the G-Master series.

SO much better than I expected! It's a lightweight, stunning lens.

By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-12

I am a professional that does freelance photojournalism, commercial photography, portrait / headshot and event work. I have owned both the Sony 85 1.4 GM and the Zeiss Batis 85 1.8. The 85 1.4 GM is very large and heavy. It's autofocus is somewhat slow and hunts. It's pricy. The Zeiss Batis 85 1.8 is a wonderful lens with outstanding color. It's also pretty large, but not nearly as heavy as the Sony 85 1.4 GM. This Sony FE 85 1.7 is incredibly light and has great autofocus. It's wonderful color rendition is similar to the Zeiss Batis. It's not quite as sharp as the Batis or the Sony 85 GM - but it's not very far off. It's in the league of the professional lenses at a much better price. It's similar in form, function and color rendition to my Sony FE 55 1.8 - which I also love. I could literally do a street assignment with the 55 1.7 and this 85 1.8 and my editors (and I) would be thrilled. Get this beauty.

Exactly what I needed

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

I know a lot of people use this for a portrait lens, but I bought it because I shoot in my church and at my job at a Rescue Mission, and this lens is the perfect lens for everyday pictures in the setting I use it for. I am currently using an A6000 (hope to upgrade soon) and the pictures are clear and really pop with this lens. I also use a Sigma 30mm and a Sony 18-105... but this has become my favorite lens to use.

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