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p.20 #1 · p.20 #1 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Well, I just ordered one myself

Thanks to Ronny, that mentioned one shop here in Sweden was offering a 15% discount on all Sony branded lenses.

Lets see if my copy is as good as everyone else here. Looks great!



Apr 17, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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p.20 #2 · p.20 #2 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


If my desired schedule today works out, I'll be swapping it out this afternoon (assuming they have another in stock). Will try to make a quick evaluation at the shop prior to walking out the door. Should be easier since I now know what to immediately look for in the viewfinder


Apr 17, 2017 at 03:44 PM
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p.20 #3 · p.20 #3 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Happy Easter to you pal. You got more food




  ILCE-7RM2    FE 85mm F1.8 lens    85mm    f/1.8    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  









Apr 17, 2017 at 05:24 PM
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p.20 #4 · p.20 #4 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Son has new girlfriend. Dad gets a new model.




  ILCE-7RM2    FE 85mm F1.8 lens    85mm    f/1.8    1/320s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  









Apr 17, 2017 at 05:27 PM
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p.20 #5 · p.20 #5 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Both using Eye AF


Apr 17, 2017 at 05:39 PM
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p.20 #6 · p.20 #6 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Thanks to everybody, especially Guy, for all the sample pix and user experiences! I originally had one pre-ordered then cancelled, deciding to wait and see if it was worth adding to my already too large lens collection. Well, I think it very well might be so I'm gonna play the good lens copy Sony roulette. I'm looking forward to a smaller/lighter eye AFing 85 than my GM :-)

Cheers!



Apr 17, 2017 at 05:47 PM
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p.20 #7 · p.20 #7 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Thanks for that but its a really nice lens . I need to shoot more AF stuff in low light to see how it does. Yesterday it was darn good. It did hunt once though, so I want to look into that more.


Apr 17, 2017 at 06:05 PM
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Apr 17, 2017 at 06:21 PM
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p.20 #9 · p.20 #9 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Ordered ... but I probably have to wait a while .. not in stock 26 april preliminary delivery



Apr 17, 2017 at 08:33 PM
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p.20 #10 · p.20 #10 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


New copy just swapped for the badly misaligned one and hopefully will get it out tonight to give it a go.


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p.20 #11 · p.20 #11 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Fingers crossed! As the images from other members demonstrate, when the FE85/1.8 is good it's very, very good.

jhinkey wrote:
New copy just swapped for the badly misaligned one and hopefully will get it out tonight to give it a go.




Apr 17, 2017 at 11:26 PM
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Yeah, it's turned to heavy overcast and rain tonight . . . so not likely.


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Ronny Olsson wrote:
Ordered ... but I probably have to wait a while .. not in stock 26 april preliminary delivery


That's a good sign...



Apr 18, 2017 at 01:13 AM
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p.20 #14 · p.20 #14 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Guy just shipped his FE 85/1.8 to me and I will be testing it over the weekend. He seems to have a great copy and I will compare it against my 85GM and 85ZM. If it's really that good I may not give it back.

I didn't pre-order it and currently, it's hard to find one. Perhaps Sony didn't expect this success in sales.



Apr 18, 2017 at 04:40 PM
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p.20 #15 · p.20 #15 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Heck I may have to pre-order one now. I have a really good copy of it. Lol

Fred Miranda wrote:
Guy just shipped his FE 85/1.8 to me and I will be testing it over the weekend. He seems to have a great copy and I will compare it against my 85GM and 85ZM. If it's really that good I may not give it back.

I didn't pre-order it and currently, it's hard to find one. Perhaps Sony didn't expect this success in sales.




Apr 18, 2017 at 04:47 PM
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p.20 #16 · p.20 #16 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Being a Sony lens you would think like Best Buy and so on would have these. Might be worth looking around in those places folks if your trying to get one. Mine was from B&H and I did not pre-order they seemed to have some left over from the first batch.

Also it's been a Jewish holiday for Adorama and B&H until Wednesday so there stock on line might not have been updated over the holiday. I ordered the Sigma 135 yesterday from Adorama so I hope that truly is in stock. I would look at both sites Wednesday for any stock updates.

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Apr 18, 2017 at 04:49 PM
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p.20 #17 · p.20 #17 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Best Buy sold out. Dang


Apr 18, 2017 at 04:51 PM
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p.20 #18 · p.20 #18 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Hmm . . second copy quick test (terrible weather for such testing) seems to show that it's fairly even for the 4 corners wide open. Need to re-take images of the Seattle waterfront to do a direct comparison with the previous copy. At least it's not obviously out of whack like the first copy.


Apr 19, 2017 at 09:33 PM
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p.20 #19 · p.20 #19 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


Well, a quick review this morning of my 2nd 85/1.8 Sony sample shows:

  1. Fairly even corner performance wide open at infinity
  2. Not as good wide open performance across the frame as Guy's copy seems to show
  3. Very very good performance at f/4, but slightly less then my 85/4ZM
  4. Excellent sharpness across the frame at f/8

It appears to be less sharp wide open than my 1st sample, but at least it's even across the frame.

However, some quick candid shots of my girls this morning at ~1-2m distance @f/1.8 seems to show it passes the eyelash test - i.e., fine-detailed things like eyelashes at these distances and offset from the center by a typical portrait shot amount - with flying colors. Sharp and high contrast.

It would be nice to have a copy a bit more sharp, but I'll give it a good use over the weekend to see if it's a keeper.

I also shot some equal-ish shots with my 42.5/1.2 PL on my G85 yesterday as a more-or-less direct comparison (equal FOV and DOF) and will compare the two. My 42.5/1.2 is a super lens and if it's in the same equivalent IQ as the 85/1.8, then the Sony should do me fine.

Otherwise I might just return the Sony and put the store credit toward the 85 Lox.


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Apr 21, 2017 at 04:13 PM
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p.20 #20 · p.20 #20 · Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Review


jhinkey wrote:
Well, a quick review this morning of my 2nd 85/1.8 Sony sample shows:


  1. Fairly even corner performance wide open at infinity
  2. Not as good wide open performance across the frame as Guy's copy seems to show
  3. Very very good performance at f/4, but slightly less then my 85/4ZM
  4. Excellent sharpness across the frame at f/8


It appears to be less sharp wide open than my 1st sample, but it's even across the frame.

However, some quick candid shots of my girls this morning at ~1-2m distance @f/1.8 seems to show it passes the eyelash test - i.e., fine-detailed things like eyelashes at these distances and offset
...Show more

I have his lens and can confirm that "Lucky Guy" has a perfectly centered copy!
It will be hard for me to send it back to him!

I've run some tests and compared it to the 85 GM and 85 ZM...will post results soon.



Apr 21, 2017 at 04:16 PM
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