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Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens

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

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.

Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Specs

Focal Length
85mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Minimum Aperture
f/22
Lens Mount
Sony A
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Angle of View
29°
Minimum Focus Distance
1.97' / 60 cm
Maximum Magnification
0.2x
Optical Design
5 Elements in 4 Groups
Diaphragm Blades
7, Rounded
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)
2.76 x 2.05" / 70 x 52 mm
Weight
6.17 oz / 175 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.74 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.35 x 4.1 x 4.1"

Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Reviews

Nice lens for the price.

By Roscoe
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-03

Very nice and compact lens for the A99II with sharp and fast focus.

Very fun lens for the a77

By wannzone
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-31

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.

Works great with an A7

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-08-16

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.

Excelente producto

By josegordo
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-11-18

Excelente el lente. Posiblemente la construccin en plstico no es la mejor pero siendo cuidadoso puede durar toda la vida. Las imgenes son de gran calidad, muy detallada y con buenos colores.

Great lens - expectations met!

By HFrancis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-08-20

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.

best value out there

By deltadave44
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-07-24

for anyone looking to add a nice portrait lens to their collection, this is the lens you want...look at the graphs, look at the online reviews, then look with your own eyes...shooting into the light cropped in at 100%...you will get a little magenta CA that's easily taken care of in post...and the AF tends to hunt in low light situations, the lightweight feature makes it great if you're doing pet or children where capturing a moving subject is part of it...i really think you'll love this lens if you're looking for sharp images without having to take out a second to get them

Awesome lens

By Captionsconnected
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-04-29

Lightweight, small,plastic will bounce if dropped and not deny. Use mostly for events indoor with a off camera flash.

Great lens

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-04-04

I'm in love with this lens. Produces very nice images.

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question

compatible with A99V??
Asked by: cherala m.
The Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount will be compatible with the Sony a99, yes.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

On the a7 with the adaptor does this lens use crop or full frame mode?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Sony 85mm f/2.8 is a full frame lens, so as long as you are using an adapter designed for use with full frame Sony cameras, you would be able to use the lens in full frame mode.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2019-07-05

question

Is it compatible with Sony alfa 58 ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this lens is fully compatible with the Sony A58 camera.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can this lens be used with the Sony A7R?
Asked by: William W.
Works with LAEA4 and A7R. Don't expect super fast AF thou.
Answered by: Stevie L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Is this a Focus By Wire lens?
Asked by: Kevin
Yes
Answered by: Sony Support Sony Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Will this work on a Minolta Maxxum 9, that is not SSM converted?
Asked by: Kai T.
It works fine on the Maxxum 7, so I assume it would also work on the Maxxum 9.
Answered by: Brent S.
Date published: 2021-03-17
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