Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens

Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens

Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • A-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2'
  • Seven-Blade Circular Diaphragm
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Sony 85mm f/2.8 Overview

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Lightweight and compact, the full-frame Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens is a great choice for portrait photographers who will appreciate the short telephoto perspective and ability to capture an image with a shallow depth of field. The lens incorporates a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) for fast, precise, and quiet focusing and offers a minimum focus distance of 2'. Additionally, the maximum aperture of f/2.8 works with a seven-blade circular diaphragm to create images with smooth, rounded bokeh.

Designed for full-frame A-mount cameras, this portrait-length 85mm prime can be used on APS-C cameras as well, where it will provide an equivalent focal length of 127.5mm.
A maximum aperture of f/2.8 keeps lens size and weight to a minimum while still enabling users to create images with shallow depth of field.
By incorporating a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) unit into the lens itself to drive the focusing element group, this lens is able to deliver smoother, quieter, and faster performance than coupled systems. Also, it offers a minimum focus distance of 2'.
Rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality when employing selective focus techniques.
UPC: 027242805224

Sony 85mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/22
Lens Mount Sony A
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 29
Maximum Magnification 0.2x
Minimum Focus Distance 1.97' / 60 cm
Optical Design 5 Elements in 4 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization None
Filter Size 55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (DxL) 2.76 x 2.05" / 70 x 52 mm
Weight 6.2 oz / 175 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.3 x 4.1 x 4.0"

Sony 85mm f/2.8 Reviews

85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little lens, a great buy 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.
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This lens redefines the words Good Value 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.
Date published: 2012-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun lens for the a77 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.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not fragile (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.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good 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.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good lens for the price On my A850 Sharp enough for portrait at f/2.8 Sharpen up nicely at f/4 Hard to tell the difference to my 85mm f/1.4 at f/5.6 or smaller aperture. This lens is so small and light, and I usually take this lens with me for daylight outdoor hike. Some may complain about the plastic mount, but for the lens this short and light you never hold the lens and let the camera hanging behind, so I don't see it as problem. Focus is very accurate but focus speed is about the same compared to my 85mm f/1.4 set at slower focus speed on camera body.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great with an A7 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.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens - expectations met! 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.
Date published: 2013-08-20
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