Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One XA Element and Three ED Elements
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Linear Super Sonic Wave AF Motor
  • AF/MF Switch; Internal Focus
  • Focus Hold Button
  • Physical Aperture Ring; De-Click Switch
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Eleven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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  • 1Description

A prized focal length for portraiture, the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM from Sony is a fast, short-telephoto lens designed for E-mount mirrorless digital cameras. Characterized by its flattering perspective and fast f/1.4 maximum aperture, this lens is adept at isolation focus for shallow depth of field effects, as well as performing in low-light conditions. The optical design incorporates three extra-low dispersion elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and one XA (extreme aspherical) element, which significantly controls spherical aberrations for a high degree of image sharpness and clarity. Additionally, a Nano AR coating has been applied to limit ghosting and lens flare for increased contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions. Pairing a bright f/1.4 aperture with a short-telephoto focal length, this 85mm lens is ideally suited for portraiture and other situations where focus control is paramount.

Complementing the optical assets, this lens is also notable for its inclusion of an 11-blade circular diaphragm to produce smooth, soft-edged bokeh with selective focus imagery. For controlling focus, a linear SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) is employed that is quick and quiet, and also lends more responsive control for manual focus operation. The lens also sports a dust- and moisture-sealed design to support shooting in inclement conditions and a dedicated focus hold button, AF/MF switch, and manual aperture ring lend further control while shooting.

As part of Sony's esteemed G Master series, this lens is designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness through the correction of a wide variety of spherical and chromatic aberrations. Additionally, these lenses feature robust and intuitive-to-handle physical designs to benefit both photography and cine applications.
A portrait-length prime designed for full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras, this 85mm f/1.4 is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
One XA element is incorporated into the optical design, which features superior surface precision for effective control over astigmatism, field curvature, coma, and other spherical aberrations.
Three extra-low dispersion elements are featured in the lens design and help to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing for improved clarity and color neutrality.
A Nano AR Coating has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions.
A linear Super Sonic wave Motor autofocus system and internal focus mechanism provides quick, quiet, and precise autofocus performance and also contributes to more natural, intuitive manual focus control. An AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
A focus hold button is present on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
Rounded 11-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
In the Box
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
  • ALC-F77S 77mm Front Lens Cap
  • ALC-R1EM Rear Lens Cap
  • ALC-SH142 Lens Hood
  • Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Performance
    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Sony E
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' / 80 cm
    Magnification 0.12x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8.33
    Optical Design 11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 11, Rounded
    Features
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
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    Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 3.52 x 4.23" / 89.5 x 107.5 mm
    Weight 1.80 lb / 820 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 112.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, but... The images this lens is capable of producing are stunning. 3D pop, great bokeh, outstanding colorimetry... I could go on, but it's also a beast. Not just in its pure heft, but in the great growling sound it produces when autofucusing. Be warned. For some, this could be a deal breaker; For me, just an annoyance. There are threads about this floating around the internet. Some copies are quieter than others. Some profess that the latest firmware corrects it. I, however, am unconvinced. It's a noisy beast. Period. But, the gain is a fast, tack sharp, beautiful lens. You decide what's important to you.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony FE 85MM f1.4 GM Lens I love this lens as I shoot video with it on the Sony A7SII, A7RII and the A6300. I love the de-click appeture and that I can pull a rack focus very smoothly with this lens. The reason I gave it a 4 star is that it is a very heavy lens and it does make a chugging noise if you use the auto focus features of this lens. If I was filming with auto focus and want to get a quick focus or use continuous face auto focus my video mic will always pick up the sound the lens makes while it's hunting in continuous focus. Shooting in full manual is great but sometimes I want to shoot wide open and have the camera and lens face track in auto focus while my talent is moving.
    Date published: 2016-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The new heavyweight Bokeh King Just got my Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master today. As expected, it is really big and heavy. The total weight including the lens hood and both caps is 905 grams. It comes with a really nice case that has a belt loop and removable shoulder strap. The autofocus makes a little bit of noise. Not loud enough to bother me personally, but be aware it is not a silent lens when using auto-focus. The fly-by-wire manual focus ring works surprisingly well in my opinion. I was in my backyard taking test shots of my dogs with my A7R and I've got to say the bokeh is really superb. If you are willing to carry the weight and are ok with autofocus noise, this is a great portrait lens for the Sony E mount.
    Date published: 2016-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice to have a sharp native lens for my A7Rii. I've had the Sony A7Rii for close to a year now and have been using my Canon glass with a Metabones adapter. This combo has worked great for landscapes. But for portraits situations it was more of a hassle getting quick focus and I seemed to lean a lot more on my 5D MK3 to get the shot. Plus I couldn't use some features on the camera like eye detect. Which is really nice with this new G series lens. Now I have a lot more confidence shooting my A&Rii in portrait situations where I can allow the model to move more. The images are super sharp. Less CA than my Canon 85L. The attached pic is a 100% crop. With a little sharpening in Capture One. I find the noise of the AF a non issue at all.
    Date published: 2016-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning portrait lens for A7s11 I had the opportunity to use this lens for three days, before it was stolen. I remember when I realized it was missing that at least I had captured some images on it, beforehand and they are gorgeous. This lens works beautifully with the Sony a7s11, for both video and for stills. I've been shooting portraits and working on a web-episodic narrative that involves a lot of facial expression and detail, and the FE 85mm GM is the perfect portraiture lens for my style of work. Thank you B& H for letting me try out the lens before buying, being so helpful with providing a lot of information, and shipping me the lens--right away.
    Date published: 2016-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult to dislike After using this lens almost daily since the end of December, I feel comfortable rating it a 5 out of 5. Yes, this lens does have its short comings in my opinion. Most are well documented such as: relatively loud AF motor, focus hunting when shooting stopped down, etc. My biggest gripe is that it has a few too many elements, at least in my opinion. I feel like 11 is a lot for a prime and I would rather deal with cleaning up CA and purple fringe in post if it meant having better saturation and more pop in my images. Regardless, 11 rounded aperture blades + Eye AFC keep this welded onto my A7rii.
    Date published: 2017-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive but worth it I've been using a Rokinon 85mm lens for year and loved it. Actually I still love it, but this new Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is in an entirely different league. Colour, contract and bokeh are stunning. It's right at home on my A7SII for stills and surprisingly works perfectly in MF mode on my FS7 and FS5. The sharpness you can get at 1.4 is pretty remarkable and the bokeh has this creamy, rich quality to it that makes you smile everytime you see it. It's a somewhat heavy lens and is almost hilarious when mounted to an A7S but who cares if your images are stunning, right? I have the 16-35 f/4, 55 f/1.8, and now 85 f/1.4 from Sony. They are really hitting it out of the park in the glass department these days. Cannot wait to try the new 70-200 f/2.8 GM as well.
    Date published: 2016-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy bokeh I am in love with this lens. Build quality is outstanding. The lens feels substantial without being too heavy on my a7rii. The image quality is outstanding and incredibly sharp wide open. The bokeh is simply gorgeous. My favorite feature is the focus hold button on the side of the lens. You can assign it to whichever function you want and on the a7rii it is the perfect place to assign Eye autofocus giving me tack-sharp portraits every time so far. It's obviously expensive, but I want to capture the best images I can and it simply doesn't get any better than this. I can devote all my focus to lighting and composition without worrying that some of my shots won't be perfectly in focus when I take a closer look later on. I feel it is more than a worthwhile investment.
    Date published: 2016-08-30
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