85mm for A7c

Started Sep 30, 2022 | Discussions thread
smith-jones Contributing Member • Posts: 551
Re: 85mm for A7c

amit190 wrote:

smith-jones wrote:

amit190 wrote:

Hi all ,

Im currently using A7c with 24mm +55mm 1.8.

I want to add an 85mm for a bit more dreamy look, for family portraits mostly.

For the budget I can get :

Sony 85mm 1.8

Viltrox 85mm 1.8

Samyang 85mm 1.4 (+lens station)

I can also take the samyang 75mm /sigma 65mm but it will probably be too close to the 55mm.

Also sigma 90mm 2.8 , but it is more exapqnsive then the other options ,and not as fast..

What do you guys think ? Will the 1.4 samyang be too big vs the other options?

Thanks in advance.

I had the FE 85 1.8 and I loved that lens but had to let it go and have since gotten a GM 85 1.4.

For your budget as good as the FE 1.8 is, it might not be the best choice for portraits.

If I was buying today and limited in budget, I would seriously look at the Tokina 85 1.8 for a portrait lens.

To me, the GM 1.4 is the one but it is big heavy and slower to focus and usually costs a lot more but can sometime be found second hand much cheaper (I got mine almost mint for a very good price).


Tokina atx-m 85mm 1.8 ? It is as big as the samyang .

I have never even seen one but I just like the look of photos and what the reviews say.

If you go to YouTube there are many comparisons of the different candidates including a few that have tested EVERY 85 available in Sony E mount.

The "winner" is usually the Sigma 85 1.4 DG DN but the Tokina gets a few votes as one of the better lower cost ones with really nice bokeh.

Personally, I prefer the Sony GM 85 1.4 but I realise for many its flaws and especially price rule it out but it does have very nice bokeh.

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