Perfect Portrait Lens: Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Review


This lens is AWESOME for the A6000/A6300/A6500!
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In this video I try the Sony SEL85F18 85mm F/1.8-22 Medium-Telephoto Fixed Prime on my A6000 and A6500.

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  1. Hi Arthur, how are you? I recently got a Samyang 85mm f/1.4 for my Sony a6500 and the lens just can't get the focus right… it misses but a hair nearly every shot. Is the Sony 85mm focus accurate?

    Thank you!

  2. I'm planning on getting the Sony a6600 soon and will use it for videoing important events and holiday trips. Sony NZ sells it for NZ$2,400 and the lens in this video is for NZ$1,000. Expensive kit but I want to be happy with a good camera for the next 10 years. May explore other lens options first. Plan to get my camera by June.

  3. if you shoot with a fast enough shutter speed, do you think that will reduce blur because you don't have OSS nor IBIS?

  4. hi, there is a huge mistake in the content you presented. Its not f1.8. Its f1.8X cropfactor. You're using it on an APS-C. Nevertheless, I loved watching the video. Thanks.

  5. I'm selling my Alpha Mount Sigma 70-200 f2.8 because it just wouldn't focus well on my a6400. It worked fine back when I had A Mount cameras. I loved that lens. I'm replacing the zoom, painful as it is to see it go, with this 85 1.8. I've learned if I have a sharp enough lens I can do a significant amount of cropping on the computer which is sort of like zooming. It won't have the reach but it should be great for outdoor portraits.

  6. Just Amazing!💯%
    If you have still doubts about buying this lens see my last video that is shot with this lens on a sony a6000.

  7. Great video, please see my photo samples made by my A7 + 85mm lens:

  8. I shoot on an A6300 without OSS and I'm wondering whether this or the sigma 56mm 1.4 is a better lens for portraits and video. I have the 18-105 G, but I need something for low-light.

  9. 127.5 mm and roughly f/2.5 equivalent is, as you said, just about perfect as a portrait lens outdoors on an APSC camera. The small form factor adds to its usefulness…

  10. According to DXOMARK website this lens is as sharp as the more expensive Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 which has similar sharpness to the very very expensive manual focus Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens.
    Actually the Sony 85mm f/1.8 is significantly sharper than the much more expensive but brighter Sony 85mm f/1.4 GMaster. Of course the difference between f/1.8 and f/1.4 is highly important for many photographers.
    The truth is that many premium Sony full frame lenses are not smaller and lighter than similar full frame lenses for dSLR cameras. This lens alongside with the Sony 12-24mm f/4 are some from the few exceptions.
    The Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 and the Sony 85mm f/1.8 are great choices for those who are interested to invest in the future, on the Sony a7R IV with 60MP. More megapixels always demand very sharp lenses.
    Contrary to many beliefs, most full frame lenses lose their sharpness and contrast when their are used on APS-C cameras. The Sony 85mm f/1.8 has a such great optically that can be used with great results on APS-C e-mount cameras.
    Finally from the lineup of Sony full frame e-mount lenses, the 85mm f/1.8 has the best value for money without doubt. A great choice after the default kit lens for amateurs interested in portrait photography.

  11. Had to pause the video & say I love all the sample shooting transitions. Spot on shooting with a very good looking model. That wide aperture got that mug shooting wonderfuly at night.

  12. I have mixed opinions on this lens for portraits on crop cameras. On full frame cameras its a fabulous lens. True the sharpness of this lens is really good even on a crop sensor. On apsc it gets a 16 pmpx on DXOmark which puts it up with the sigma 30mm 1.4 for sharpness. Also its native sony so its gonna rock for autofocus.
    Now the big negatives. Its not going to perform like a full frame f1.8 related to background blur for portraits. Not going to happen and your photos support this. To determine how an image will look before buying always apply the crop factor to the apperture 1.5 crop x 1.8 = f2.7. So its no different than the sony 50mm 1.8 oss except now you are paying double for glass you aren't even using and only getting a 3 point increase in sharpness. Why? Bokeh is same plus now you have to also backup further from your subject to get the same framing as with the 50mm! Bad investment. So on a crop camera this lens makes no sense. Again, why are u going to pay twice the money for only a 3 point increase in sharpness over the 50mm 1.8? Thats not a deal in my book.!

    Oh and dont get me wrong, i love my sony 50mm 1.8 its a great lens at a great price. Im not saying its a terrible portrait lens just not enough back blurr for my taste of portraiture. If you want true full frame f1.8 equivalant images , shop for lenses with 1.2. That my 5 cents.

  13. Sigma 56mm f/1.4 vs Sigma 50mm f/1.4 FE both on crop sensor like a6300 or a6500 what you think which is better option ?

  14. Hi. I have a question. Which lens would you choose(for sony a6400): sony 85mm 1.8 (full frame) or sigma 56mm 1.4?

  15. Any thoughts on the Rokinon/Samyang 85mm f1.8 manual lens for aps-c. It seems pretty compact compared to their 85/1.4 for Full frame.


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