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Completing a travel kit Sony 85mm 1.8 vs Sigma 90 2.8

  
 
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i would also look at the samyang 75mm. its really good and lightweight. only downside is its feels a little bit plastic... i prefer it over the sony 85


Jul 03, 2023 at 12:09 AM
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Sigma 90i over Sony 1.8/85 any day.
Rendering is so much better; colours, contrast and smooth sharpness fall off.



Jul 03, 2023 at 02:31 AM
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The 70 to 85mm gap is so small, I'm quite sure you will keep the 24-70 at 70mm and crop a bit if needed for the sake of convenience. Not having to switch lenses back and forth is often a key element when traveling, especially in dense cities like Paris (lots of people bumping into you) or when the wind/sand is blowing (Normandie).

A 85 or 90mm would much better complement an UWA like a 16-35 than a 24-70.

What camera will you take with you?



Jul 03, 2023 at 04:25 AM
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I agree have/had both lenses and I prefer the Sigma. But also had the Sigma 24-70 and not seeing a reason to carry the 90 for light travel if u also have a good zoom at 70 like the Sigma or GM ii. I carry the 90 when I do something like 20/35 or 40/90 for light travel

Oogappeltje wrote:
Sigma 90i over Sony 1.8/85 any day.
Rendering is so much better; colours, contrast and smooth sharpness fall off.




Jul 03, 2023 at 01:09 PM
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I agree that the 24-70 could be sufficient for some outings. Most likely will be the configuration I will use (alone) on some days. For museum, faster primes duo will be used.

For lightest config the 40mm 2.5 and the 90mm would work also.

darrellc wrote:
I agree have/had both lenses and I prefer the Sigma. But also had the Sigma 24-70 and not seeing a reason to carry the 90 for light travel if u also have a good zoom at 70 like the Sigma or GM ii. I carry the 90 when I do something like 20/35 or 40/90 for light travel





Jul 03, 2023 at 01:52 PM
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Oogappeltje wrote:
Sigma 90i over Sony 1.8/85 any day.
Rendering is so much better; colours, contrast and smooth sharpness fall off.


Kind of depends what youíre shooting. My FE85 my go-to prime when Iím out snowboarding, and it is great for portraits, action work, and landscapes. I own both the 24-70 DG DN and 35i, and I would NEVER use a Sigma for fast moving subjects. I love the rendering of both of those lenses, but they are not suitable for sports shooting in my experience.



Sep 16, 2023 at 03:14 PM
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SpecFoto wrote:
Mark Galer, a Sony Ambassador, has a very good review video out on the Sigma 90 f2.8 and he owns the Sony f1.8. He talks about how the f2.8 is just fine for portraits, landscapes and travel and gives numerous examples as he took it on 2 overseas trips. Take a look below.

I owned the Sony f1.8, using it for portraits back in 2019. But after a year I upgraded to the Batis 85, as it has OIS, better rendering and handles highlights in the background better. Really like the Batis, but recently I added the Sigma 90 just because
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This video is a good example of how Mark Galer gives straight-up advice, recommending a Sigma lens even though he is a Sony Ambassador.



Sep 16, 2023 at 04:05 PM
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chiron wrote:
This video is a good example of how Mark Galer gives straight-up advice, recommending a Sigma lens even though he is a Sony Ambassador.


Yes....But......

Mark did take the Sigma 90 on this trip to India and gave it high priase...but upon his return he made a new video on smaller lenses he would like Sony to make and a 90 f2.8 was one of them. So he would replace the proven Sigma with the new Sony.....Sounds like an Ambassador here.....

He does love his Batis 135mm f2.8 though, I remember him saying so a few years ago in a video where he was discussing the new Sony 135GM. He basically said that even though Batis was made for Sony, they did not like him talking about it anymore as they had the new 135GM out. But he still does mention the Batis 135 from time to time, so it seems he is threading a line. Anyway, I still think he is one of the best Sony references out there, Ambassador status or not.



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I'm on my third try with the 85mm 1.8. Came back to it last year. I was really on the fence and went with the Sony again for the speed and AF.

I still am not a huge fan of the bokeh. While it can be good it can also be downright trash at times. MFD and size also limit how much I use it...but it is somewhat cheap on the used market these days. There is that native AF as well to consider.

I'm just going to add the 90mm 2.8. Hopefully it goes on sale for Black friday again through Adorama. The size without the hood is significantly smaller than the Sony. Shorter MFD and nicer OOF rendering from what I can see.

I have zero hope that Sony would release such a lens. If it carries the G series badge we can expect excellent sharpness and contrast but mediocre bokeh which is fairly consistent with the G series.




Sep 16, 2023 at 09:43 PM
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Why do I need an aperture when traveling ? The choice is obvious.

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I've been asking myself for a long time. Why manufacturers will not make a compact travel / landscape zoom type 70-150/4.5



Sep 17, 2023 at 03:43 AM
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Latouf wrote:
Might have solved the question. Found a 85mm used for a fair price 150 (than what I can find a sigma 90). Given, Im leaving in 7 days, wont have a lot of time to find used a used Batis.

I like the idea of the 28-200, but it would be more expensive, heavier and not as fast aperture. Will look into this further for another potential purchase. :-)


If it's a solid copy, I think you're making a good choice. My guess is it'll prove more useful for its speed than its reach anyway, so you may as well take the faster lens.



Sep 17, 2023 at 07:21 AM
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SpecFoto wrote:
Yes....But......

Mark did take the Sigma 90 on this trip to India and gave it high priase...but upon his return he made a new video on smaller lenses he would like Sony to make and a 90 f2.8 was one of them. So he would replace the proven Sigma with the new Sony.....Sounds like an Ambassador here.....


I guess I see that as Mark using his ambassadorship for something other that shilling Sony's existing products. I don't see it as a betrayal of Sigma to point to the 90i and say, "Hey, Sony. This in your G line with your brilliant AF and full functionality with your video tools, please."

Personally, I'd rather see a 100/2 from either Sigma or Sony. I just lack the platform to get either company to care about what I want.



Sep 17, 2023 at 07:30 AM
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SpecFoto wrote:
Yes....But......

Mark did take the Sigma 90 on this trip to India and gave it high priase...but upon his return he made a new video on smaller lenses he would like Sony to make and a 90 f2.8 was one of them. So he would replace the proven Sigma with the new Sony.....Sounds like an Ambassador here.....

He does love his Batis 135mm f2.8 though, I remember him saying so a few years ago in a video where he was discussing the new Sony 135GM. He basically said that even though Batis was made for Sony, they did not like him
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I think you are trying way too hard to make an argument that is critical of Mark. In the video, he praises the Sigma i series 90/2.8 up and down the street and takes it on two trips, right in the face of the Sony 85/1.8 which he owns but doesn't take. His telling Sony that they should make a small 90/2.8 is not somehow favoring Sony, which is what you say. If anything, it emphasizes that Sigma has something desirable (a small 90/2.8) that Sony does not. How is that shilling for Sony? Sony still doesn't have such a lens.

I do wish Sony would stop flirting with an array of small lenses (like the three G 2.8/2.5 lenses) and get busy releasing more of them. Maybe their commitment to a small body/high performance camera in the new A7Cxx series is a sign of commitment to small.



Sep 17, 2023 at 08:10 AM
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I know this is an old (somewhat frayed) thread but I wanted to add my vote for the Sigma 90mm. I just rebought it recently and find it a great little lens that's perfect in so many situations. (also serves as a nice 135mm equivalent on my crop camera)


Sep 17, 2023 at 08:20 AM
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MikeEvangelist wrote:
I know this is an old (somewhat frayed) thread but I wanted to add my vote for the Sigma 90mm. I just rebought it recently and find it a great little lens that's perfect in so many situations. (also serves as a nice 135mm equivalent on my crop camera)


I agree. Donít really know of any other small full frame telephoto lenses other than this one and the Sigma I-Series family is filled out now with 9 or 10 primes. Sonyís small family is only the 3 Gs. Itís nice that itís AF. The Zeiss Loxia 85mm is small and a great lens but itís manual focus. At 21mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm with MF the Loxias are another option.
What else is out there?



Sep 19, 2023 at 09:50 AM
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