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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens with Lens Care Kit

BH #SO8518FK (B&H Kit)
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens with Lens Care Kit
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
In addition to adding the compact portrait-length prime lens to your camera bag, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens with Lens Care Kit from B&H also includes a lens cleaning kit.
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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens
  • 3Sensei DOC-CK Deluxe Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  • 4Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter
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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens
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.
Sensei DOC-CK Deluxe Optics Care and Cleaning Kit

Keep your optical surfaces clean with the Sensei DOC-CK Deluxe Optics Care and Cleaning Kit. This kit contains a lens cleaning pen, a bulb air blower, a lipstick brush, cleaning fluid, premoistened lens cleaning wipes, a microfiber cloth, and a durable case with pre-cut foam to hold everything in place. This kit can be used to clean a variety of different optics and glass. You can use the air bulb blower and either of the two brushes or the microfiber cleaning cloth to initially remove dust from optics surfaces. For more stubborn blemishes and smudges, use the lens pen, premoistened lens cleaning wipes, or large microfiber cloth.

UPC: 847628008410
Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter

The Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter is one of Chiaro’s highest-rated protective UV filters with 98% light transmission. It’s ideal for photographers who demand high-quality glass and other essential features for excellent image fidelity and construction.

To achieve 98% light transmission, Chiaro uses highly-polished optical glass, multi-coating, and additional advanced elements that improve the filter’s light transmission. Resistance coating improves the scratch resistance of the glass, and helps assure that water, oil, dust, and fingerprints are removed with a gentle wipe. A hard-anodized aluminum filter ring is designed to screw on and off effortlessly, and it’s thin to prevent vignetting when used with wide-angle lenses.

Image quality is what matters most at Chiaro. The company has tested and combined many features and essentials to achieve superior image quality and the highest light transmission. To help take the confusion out of selecting a filter, Chiaro prominently displays the light transmission levels so that you can choose the perfect filter for your lens and photo session.


98% Light Transmission
Protecting your lens doesn't mean you have to lose optical quality. By using highly-polished optical glass and advanced coatings, Chiaro offers a 98% transmission rate, which is an excellent transmission rate for glass. And the company verifies the ratings with ISO certified lab testing.
Resistance Coating
The layers of advanced resistance coating on the filter are designed to resist moderate scratches, and allows you to easily clean your filter. Water beads up and rolls off your filter, and oil and fingerprints can come off with a gentle wipe. Dust and debris won't adhere to the filter and can be removed with a puff of air.
Polished Optical Glass
Glass that's polished to perfection is essential to achieve a high level of light transmission. The optical glass in this Chiaro filter is highly-polished for flatness that ensures excellent optical clarity.
Multi-coating enhances light transmission to the demanding level set for all Chiaro filters. It reduces unwanted internal reflections and ghosting that can compromise your images.
UV Protection
The filter blocks UV light and reduces the bluish cast of daylight that can affect color accuracy, especially at higher altitudes.
Hard Anodized Aluminum Construction
The process of hard anodizing toughens and strengthens the aluminum for a lightweight yet durable filter ring.
Slim Design
Measuring only 3.2mm, this filter is slim enough to use on wide-angle lenses without experiencing vignetting.
Top Knurling
Top knurling offers a firm grip on the filter when you're attaching or removing it.
Secure Attachment
It takes two full turns to mount the filter on your lens. This feature will securely hold your Chiaro filter through the most demanding photo shoots.
Front Threads
The front threads on the filter allow you to stack filters by screwing them onto your Chiaro filter.
UPC: 847628593695

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens 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"

Sensei DOC-CK Deluxe Optics Care and Cleaning Kit Specs

DimensionsCleaning Fluid Spray Bottle: 4.1 x 1.2 / 10.4 x 3 cm
Microfiber Cloth: 11.75 x 11.75" / 29.8 x 29.8 cm
Lipstick Brush: 4.9 x 0.6 x 1" / 12.4 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm
Bulb Air Blower: 5.8 x 2.1" / 14.7 x 5.3 cm
Lens Wipe (per packet): 2.1 x 2" / 5.3 x 5.1 cm
Storage Case: 8 x 5.5 x 2.9" / 20.3 x 14 x 7.4 cm
WeightOverall Kit: 12.4 oz / 351.5 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.7 x 6.2 x 3"

Chiaro Pro 67mm 98-UVAT UV Filter Specs

Filter TypeUV
Filter Factor1x (0-Stop)
Circular Size67 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet67 mm
CoatingsMulti-Coating, Resistance Coating
Physical FeaturesSlim
Filter Thickness0.13" / 3.2 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Ring MaterialAluminum
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.7 x 3.7 x 0.8"

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Reviews

Overall good value

By Robert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-16

No complaints given it's the mid-range lens. Performs as I'd expect.

Love it!

By Joyce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-14

Love this lens, very happy with my purchase, thank you!

My Favorite

By Maddie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-04

Ever since I got the 85 mm, I haven't been able to put it down for my portrait sessions. I also have a 50 mm and Tampon 28-75 mm but I cannot get over the 85 mm and the beautiful portraits it is able to take. The bokeh is beautiful and it's sharp too. At first I thought it would be more limited to just individual portraits since it's a longer focal length than other lenses but I have used it for families and sessions with more than a few people. It's been almost three years now and I have used it for 85-90% of my sessions. Highly recommend for those that love to do portraits. You won't regret it. :)

Sharp, fast and Light

By Fred
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-25

Portrait with my a7c kit for lightweight beauty, does beautifully on my a7R4A also. Fast true focus perfect wide open, doesn't break the bank!

One of my Favorite lens

By Manuel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-15

I actually use this as my primary lens. It's just a fun lens to use

Best lens for portraits!

By Aldrin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-19

This is the best E/FE lens!

I would buy it again!

By Demian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-26

I use this lens for Wedding video & Couples/Solo photography, and it is definitely my favorite! Yes, you can find other lenses that will offer you sharper images, but usually those are double the price, the size and of course the weight! For practical purposes it is a great lens, it will give you a beautiful and creamy bokeh, the autofocus is very fast and very silent, for pics and video, chromatic aberration at 1.8 it is noticeable for an expert eye, vignetting is way better than I expected, the fabrication quality is good, the focus ring is smooth. It is a no-brainer.

I love this lens

By Louis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-19

What a great lens I use i on my Sony A7C. Great for both portraits and low light. Really beautiful bokeh. Great for architecture in the city at night or street photography or when you need some reach

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Is this just a portrait lens or can you use it ...

Is this just a portrait lens or can you use it for landscape photography as well?
Asked by: Kassie
The short answer is, yes, it can be used as a for landscape photography. You can use any lens for landscape photography. It all depends on what you are capturing and what composition you want. For indoors, it definitely does not work as a landscape lens. But outdoors, any lens can be used for landscape photography. When people refer to a lens as a good portrait lens or a good landscape lens, it doesn’t mean that lens cannot be used for one or the other. Most consider a good portrait lens, one that gives you a professional photography look. One that isolates the subject from the background. But this can be done with almost any lens except for the very wide ones because they distort the subject when using them up close to isolate the subject from the background.
Answered by: Osvaldo
Date published: 2021-11-22

Does the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 focus extend ...

Does the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 focus extend out/shift the weight distribution of the lens like my canon 50 1.8mm?
Asked by: Ben
Hello Ben. The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens focuses by internally adjusting the lens element positioning to obtain focus.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-23

Does this lens have manual focus as well as auto?

Does this lens have manual focus as well as auto?
Asked by: andrew
Yes Andrew, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens does come with a switch on the side of the lens to choose between MF and AF mode.
Answered by: SonyListens
Date published: 2019-01-21

Is this lens weather sealed? I would like to pair ...

Is this lens weather sealed? I would like to pair it with my Sony A7iii
Asked by: SYBT
Yes, this lens is sealed for dust and moisture.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-03-18

Can I use for street photography

Can I use for street photography
Asked by: Douglas
I use this lens with Sony aps-c mirrorless cameras. I own the a6000, a5100 and my more recent upgrade, the a6400 which is now my preferred camera. I don't particularly do street photography but when I go somewhere, I take my 18-135 f3.5-5.6 lens because it is more versatil. When I need a fast lens, I use either the Sigma 19mm f2.8 or the 30mm f2.8. This lens is reserved primarily for shooting events where a fast prime is needed and I need more reach. I really only got it because my daughter dances for a local dance studio and I needed a fast prime longer than 50mm and this was the only lens I could afford. Now, my son is playing basketball with a community sports group and this lens lets me get the shots I need. I typically shoot these type of events with shutter speeds of 1/400 as they are fast paced. For outdoor events, the 18-135 fits the bill.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-02-09

How is the bokeh on the A7III?

How is the bokeh on the A7III?
Asked by: Sayyid Khalifa
This lens is one of the better and more cost effective portrait lenses. Bokeh on the A7III is beautiful and even holds up on higher megapixel cameras.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-15

How well is this lens suited to sports ...

How well is this lens suited to sports photography (volleyball specifically)?
Asked by: Dave
The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens with UV Filter Kit, B&H # SO8518FK, is a bright, sharp lens that is designed for great performance in low-lighting, and would be compatible for use with photographing indoor sports like photography. It would simply depends on your shooting distance from your subject. As long as you are within range to properly frame your subjects as you wish in the viewfinder, the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens would be a good choice for your usage needs.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2018-12-12

Does anyone have experience using this lens for ...

Does anyone have experience using this lens for video work? I like this focal length for interviews on my A7iii.
Asked by: Greg
Fast focusing and quiet as well from when I had this same set up. I’m sure new firmware updates are out with eye tracking improvements. I’m over on Fuji now. Never looked back.
Answered by: Kevin
Date published: 2021-03-17
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