PIX 2015

Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM

Announced Jul 27, 2010 •
Telephoto prime lens | Sony/Minolta Alpha | SAL-85F28

I like this lens for high-speed pictures of pets and people. The fact that it is 85mm give you some working room. It is amazingly light and flat. When I do the 1/1000 and higher shots, its f/2.8 nature blurs the background very nicely. It is no zoom, but I have sold my old Sigma 70-210 f/2.8 because of these advantages. It also focuses silently and has a nice AF/MF switch for MF situations.

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Part of the easy choice range, this lens is great value for money. Nice and sharp when you want it to be, very pleasing bokeh, good length on APS C for more discrete portraits at a distance. This range of lenses comes under fire for its plastic bodies, particularly the plastic mounts - but optical properties are generally excellent and the plastic body is light and compact for an 85mm. Note, this is a full frame lens but works well on APS C including NEX bodies via the official adaptor. Problems:

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