Sony E Mount 85mm 1.4

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Sony 85mm f/1.four

Iron Full-Frame GM (2016-)

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Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony FE 85mm f/ane.4 GM
(77mm filters, 28.9 oz./820g., ii.7’/0.85m shut focus, virtually $1,798). bigger. I got mine at B&H. I’d also go it at Adorama, at Amazon, or at Crutchfield.

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February 2017

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Pretty darn abrupt wide open; remember this is a round tree trunk and then the sides aren’t in focus:

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Canary Isle Palm Body, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.four GM at f/1.4 at one/2,500 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or photographic camera-original © file. The torso is round and far from apartment, then very little is in perfect focus. The color fringes on out-of-focus highlights are spherochromatism.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Canary Island Palm Trunk, xv February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM at f/8 at 1/100 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or photographic camera-original © file. The trunk is circular and far from flat, so very little is in perfect focus. The color fringes on out-of-focus highlights are spherochromatism.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Canary Isle Palm Tree, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.four GM at f/one.4 at 1/six,400 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file. The tree is not flat, so very little is in focus.

This is great for f/ane.four; it’due south super-sharp without any of the usual spherical aberration we’d run across with older 85mm f/1.4 designs.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Canary Island Palm Tree, fifteen February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM at f/8 at 1/100 at Car ISO 125. bigger or camera-original © file.

Introduction

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Good   Bad   Missing

This Sony 85/1.four has superb eyes in a reasonably well fabricated bundle, with a high cost to match.

Not only does it have wonderful eyes, it has a focus lock push right under your left pollex for very handy recomposition.

Good

● Ultrasharp at every setting, particularly f/i.4.

● Excellent bokeh.

● Fast f/one.iv for low low-cal or very soft backgrounds.

● Very fast and essentially silent autofocus.

● Focus lock button.

● Slider to enable or disable aperture-ring click stops.

Bad

● $1,800.

● Big and heavy.

Missing

● No image stabilizer — only nearly Sony cameras do this internally with sensor shifting.

● No focus or depth-of-field scales.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony Fe 85mm f/1.4 GM.
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This is a total-frame lens and I’m reviewing information technology as such.

It works great on APS-C cameras and you lot may brand the usual inferences for them.

Compatibility

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This works on all Sony Due east-mount cameras, full-frame and crop-sensor. This includes all the NEX, A7, A6xxx and A5xxx serial cameras.

It will non work on whatsoever Minolta MAXXUM or Sony 35mm SLRs or DSLRs. Those utilize the old A mount which was actually the Minolta MAXXUM mount from 1987.

Specifications

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Name

Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony 85mm f/1.4.
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Sony calls this the FE85mm F1.4 GM:

    FE:
Full-frame coverage, E-mount.

    GM:
Thousand Chief, which is meaningless other than meaning that the lens is high-priced.

Eyes

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Lens Construction

Sony 85/1.4 structure.



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“Extreme” aspherical





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11 elements in eight groups.

ane aspherical element.

three extra-low dispersion elements.

Sony Nano AR Coating.

Diaphragm

Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony 85mm f/1.iv.
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11 rounded blades.

Stops down to f/sixteen.


Focal Length

85mm.

When used on APS-C, it sees the same bending of view as a 130mm lens sees when used on a full-frame camera.

See too Crop Factor.



Angle of View

29º diagonal on full-frame.

xix° diagonal on APS-C.

Autofocus

Internal focus.

No external movement as focussed, so no air or grit is sucked in.

Close Focus

Autofocus: 2.79′ (0.85 meters).

Manual Focus: 2.62′ (0.8 meters).

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:8.three (0.12 ×).

Stabilizer

None.

Filters

77mm filter thread.

Hood

Sony ALC-SH142 hood for 85mm f/1.4

Sony ALC-SH142 hood for 85mm f/1.4.
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Instance

Case, Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Included padded nylon case.
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Size

iii.54″ maximum diameter × 4.23″ extension from flange.

89.5 mm maximum diameter × 107.v mm extension from flange.


Weight

28.92 oz. (820 k).

Included

Lens (SEL85F14GM).

ALC-F77S front and ALC-R1EM rear cap.

ALC-SH142 hood.

Case & strap.

Announced

Feb 2016.

Packaging

Box, Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Box, Sony 85mm f/1.four.
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Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Box, Sony 85mm f/one.4.
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Corrugated paper-thin box.

Lens in chimera wrap inside included padded nylon fabric case.

Sony Model Number

SEL85F14GM.

Cost, USA

$1,798, February 2017.

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Overall   Autofocus   Manual Focus   Breathing

Bokeh   Baloney   Ergonomics   Falloff   Filters

Flare & Ghosts   Lateral Color Fringes   Macro

Mechanical Quality   Sharpness

Spherochromatism   Stabilization   Sunstars

Overall

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This Sony 85 1.4 is the existent thing; a modern estimation of a classic professional staple for your Sony mirrorless camera.

Autofocus

Performance          height

Autofocus is fast, and completely silent unless you agree it to your ear.

There is a single focus lock button that’s a Godsend; concur information technology to lock focus.

Manual Focus

performance          height

Manual focus is electronic; the focus ring is only connected to the camera’s computers.

Slide the switch to MF and y’all’re in Manual Focus.

On most Sony cameras, set “DMF” as the focus mode (usually via your Fn button) and you’ll take instant manual override just by turning the ring in what otherwise works like the AFS mode.

Focus Breathing

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Focus breathing is the image changing size as focused in and out. It’s important to cinematographers because it looks funny if the image changes size equally focus gets pulled back and along betwixt actors. If the lens does this, the image “breathes” by growing and contracting slightly as the dialog goes back and along.

I don’t meet any animate, making this ideal for movies — if you can get around the odd electronic focus ring. I doubt you’ll go good results with a pro follow-focus rig since the band isn’t really connected to the focus mechanism and therefore won’t reproduce the same focus as you lot return the ring to the same spot.

Bokeh

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Bokeh, the feel or quality of out-of-focus areas as opposed to how far out of focus they are, is excellent. Backgrounds just cook away, but I wait this as that’s the whole purpose of an 85/1.4 today.

Here’s a sample from headshot distance:

Sony 85 1.4 Bokeh

Davis 6250 weather station, 15 Feb 2017.
bigger or camera-original © file to explore on your computer (mobile devices rarely display full resolutions images properly).

If yous look at the photographic camera-original © file you’ll see color fringes on the out-of-focus parts of the white plastic housing of the weather condition station; this is spherochromatism which is typical for 85mm f/1.four lenses.

Distortion

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The Sony 85/ane.4 GM has no visible distortion, even without most Sony camera’s automated correction.

If yous deactivate the photographic camera’s automatic correction, at that place is an invisible amount of pincushion distortion, which is piece of cake to right with Photoshop’southward lens distortion filter for scientific uses.

These aren’t facts or specifications, they are the results of my inquiry that requires hours of photography and calculations on the resulting data.

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Ergonomics

Performance          top

This is a big, fatty, heavy lens, and works as we expect.

Focus is an electronic encoder ring. Information technology turns freely, and what it does depends on how you accept your camera ready.

The aperture ring is a mushy electronic ring. It has third-stop clicks, with every click as deep equally every other, and there is a slide switch on the bottom to defeat the clicks.

Falloff

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Falloff is invisible with the camera’s default “Shading Correction” ON.

Filters, use with

performance          top

There’s no need for sparse filters.

Get ahead and employ your standard rotating polarizer and grad filters.

I tin utilise a few standard 77mm filters and get no vignetting on total frame.

Flare & Ghosts

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In spite of Sony’s claimed “nano” coating, ghosting performance is relatively poor. It has more ghosts than other modern lenses, simply it won’t exist a problem unless you’re putting the direct disc of the sun in your image mid-day like this.

Many people want ghosts, and even utilise software to add them back in to mod lenses similar this!

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Ghosts

Airy Palm Dawn, xv February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM at f/i.four at i/5,000 at Auto ISO 100. bigger.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Ghosts

Blusterous Palm Dawn, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/one.4 GM at f/eight at i/320 at Auto ISO 100. bigger.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Ghosts

Airy Palm Dawn, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/i.4 GM at f/sixteen at 1/100 at Machine ISO 100. bigger.

Lateral Color Fringes

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There are no color fringes equally shot on Sony cameras, almost of which by default correct for whatsoever that may be there.

Macro

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Macro performance is relatively poor; it gets no closer than the world’s first 85/1.4 from 1981; and that original Nikon 85/1.4 really has a slightly higher maximum macro magnification ratio than this lens, even if they have the same 0.85 meter close-focus altitude. Any kit lens gets closer, but at least this 85/1.4 is sharp at all distances.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/ane.four GM at close-focus distance at f/eight at 1/640 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

1,200 x 900 pixel crop from higher up.

bigger or photographic camera-original © file.

If this ingather is almost 12″ (30cm) broad on your screen, so the consummate image printed at this aforementioned extreme magnification would exist virtually twoscore 10 60″ (one x 1.v meters). You lot’re seeing the actual texture of the watch face and case.

If this crop is about 6″ (15cm) wide on your screen, then the complete prototype printed at this same extreme magnification would be nearly 20 x thirty” (50 10 75 cm).

At f/1.4 it’s pretty precipitous, although spherochromatism volition cause color fringes on about things, since almost nix is in perfect focus at macro distances:

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

Kienzle Flieger Automat 800/2843, 31 January 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.four GM at close-focus distance at f/1.4 at 1/800 at Machine ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Sample Image

ane,200 x 900 pixel crop from in a higher place.
bigger or camera-original © file.

Again, if this ingather is almost 12″ (30cm) wide on your screen, and so the complete image printed at this same extreme magnification would be about 40 x 60″ (ane x 1.5 meters), and if this ingather is about 6″ (15cm) broad on your screen, so the complete paradigm printed at this aforementioned extreme magnification would exist about 20 x 30″ (50 x 75 cm).

Mechanical Quality

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Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony 85mm f/i.four.
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This Sony 85 is made reasonably well, with both metal and plastic on the outside.

Hood

The hood is all plastic, but it’s pretty solid and has a dedicated lock push button besides as a very thick rubber bumper.

Front Bumper

None on the lens itself.

Filter Threads

Plastic.

Hood Bayonet Mountain

Plastic.

Front Barrel

Metallic.

Focus Band

Rubber-covered plastic.

Mid Butt

Department with focus lock button: metal.

Discontinuity Band

Metallic.

Rear Barrel

Plastic.

Identity

Niggling raised silver-lettered plate glued to top of butt.

Dark gray paint on bottom rear of barrel.

Internals

Seems like mostly metal.

Moisture Seal at Mount

Yes.

Mount

Tiresome chromed metal.

Markings

Printed.

Series Number

Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony 85mm f/1.4.
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A sticker glued to the bottom of the butt – non an acceptable fashion to serialize whatsoever production that sells for more than $10.

Date Code

None found.

Noises When Shaken

Near silent.

Fabricated in

Thailand, which is shamefully hidden in blackness letters molded into the black plastic flare guard at the dorsum of the lens. Information technology’s only visible on shut inspection with the lens off a camera and no rear cap on the lens.

Sony puts a deceptively legible silver-on-black sticker on the outside of the lens about the certifications and model numbers that says Sony Corp., Nippon.

Sharpness

Performance          pinnacle

This 85 is ultra sharp at every setting everywhere in the prototype. Y’all pay a premium for this.

The but limitations volition be your skill every bit a photographer.

Sony 85/1.4 MTF

Sony 85/1.4 MTF at f/1.4 and at f/8 (ten cyc/mm
and

30 cyc/mm
).

Spherochromatism

Operation          tiptop

Spherochromatism, also called “colour bokeh” by laymen, can cause colored fringes on out-of-focus highlights, usually seen as green fringes on backgrounds and magenta fringes on foregrounds with fast, long lenses shot broad open.

It is an advanced class of chromatic aberration in a dissimilar dimension than lateral colour. Spherochromatism is most normally seen in fast lenses of moderate focal length when shooting contrasty items at total aperture. It goes away every bit stopped downward. Most 85mm f/1.4 lenses are loaded with spherochromatism.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Spherochromatism

Sony 85mm f/ane.4 Spherochromatism.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.iv GM at f/i.4 at one/500 at Auto ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Spherochromatism

1,200 10 900 pixel ingather from above. Encounter how the white letters accept on colour fringes when they’re out of focus?
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/1.iv GM at f/1.4 at i/500 at Car ISO 100. bigger or camera-original © file.

This Sony 85/ane.iv has visible spherochromatism, which is very mutual in 85/1.4 lenses, just oddly instead of the usual green/magenta, background highlights tend to fringe towards cyan and foreground highlights tend towards red.

This is bang-up for portraits since it helps smoothen blue sky and foliage, but bad for cinematography since it can lead to weird colored fringes on out-of-focus brilliant areas and points of light.

Image Stabilization

Operation          top

It has no image stabilization, even so about Sony cameras accept built-in sensor-shift stabilization.

For case, on a Sony A7 Mk II it works very well down to 1/15 hand-held due to the camera’s own internal stabilization.

Sunstars

Performance          top

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Ghosts

Blusterous Palm Dawn, 15 February 2017.
Sony A7II, Sony 85mm f/ane.4 GM at f/16 at one/100 at Auto ISO 100. bigger.

Due to its 11 rounded diaphragm blades, this 85/1.4 makes no sunstars on brilliant points of light. Straight blades are much better.

For magnificent sunstars with xi diaphragm blades, the LEICA APO-SUMMICRON-M ASPH is worlds ameliorate.

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Nikon vs. Sony 85mm f/1.4

Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AI-s and Sony Fe 85mm f/1.4 GM.
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The 85mm f/ane.4 has been a professional staple since Nikon invented the world’s starting time 85/one.4 in 1981. Plainly the original Nikon AI-s shown higher up is smaller and lighter, as well as being much better made out of all metal to much tighter tolerances.

All 85/1.4s I’ve tested have great bokeh.

The starting time Nikon and nigh other 85/1.4s have similar performance, which is exquisite sharpness stopped downward a little, merely lower contrast wide-open at f/1.4 due to spherical aberration

Newer optical designs like the Nikon 85/1.4G and this Sony are now ultra-sharp even at f/i.4.

There isn’t really any comparison if you shoot Sony, since this is the only 85/1.4 that works properly on Sony mirrorless cameras. I don’t suggest lens adapters, they usually are flaky.

If you’re a cheapskate and don’t mind futzing effectually with multiple manual settings just trying to take each picture, sure, an adapter and the Nikon 85mm f/one.4 AI-s will get yous very similar portrait results for less money.

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Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE GM

Sony 85mm f/1.4.
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The unmarked round button is the focus lock button. Hold it to hold focus, for instance, if you lot desire to recompose.

Get out the slide switch at AF (autofocus). Utilise MF, Transmission Focus, merely if you want to disable autofocus.

On most Sony cameras, set “DMF” as the focus mode (usually via your Fn button) and you’ll have instant manual override just by turning the ring in what otherwise works like the AFS fashion.

The CLICK ON/OFF button on the bottom disables or activates the third-stop clicks for the aperture. Go out this ON, except for cine employ if you want to make shine, silent aperture adjustments.

Recommendations

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This is a serious lens for people who demand either high speed for dim light, or want very soft backgrounds for portraits.

Protective Filter

The very best protective filter is the 77mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened drinking glass and repels clay and fingerprints, and is also multicoated.

For less money, the B+W 77mm 010 is an first-class filter, as are the multicoated version and the basic multicoated Hoya filters, but the Hoya HD3 is the toughest and the best.

Filters final a lifetime, then you may as well become the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.

Where I got mine

I got mine at B&H. I’d also get information technology at Adorama, at Amazon, or at Crutchfield.

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