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Sony SEL85F14GM E Mount - Full Frame 85mm F1.4 G Master Lens, Black
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- Premium G Master Series Mid-range telephoto prime
- Bright F1.4 maximum aperture
- Circular 11-blade aperture for beautiful defocus effects
- Sony Nano AR Coating to eliminate flare and ghosting
- Hood (ALC-SH142)Lens front cap (ALC-F77S)Lens rear cap (ALC-R1EM)Case
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|Item Dimensions||—||8.2 x 7.8 x 8.2 cm||11.8 x 8.52 x 11.8 cm||—||20 x 8.8 x 8.8 cm||12.16 x 8.85 x 12.16 cm|
|Item Weight||0.82 kg||371 grams||0.7 kg||0.89 kg||1.48 kg||0.68 kg|
|Max Focal Length||85||85||100||70||300||35|
|Min Focal Length||85||85||100||24||105||16|
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Sony SEL85F14GM Full Frame, F1.4, G Master Lens Designed and built to the strictest precision standards, this lens offers magnificent imaging performance throughout the frame, right up to its widest F1.4 aperture setting. An XA (extreme aspherical) element with 0.01 micron surface precision contributes to previously unachievable resolution and stunning bokeh for new expressive potential. Three ED glass elements support the lens’s outstanding resolving power by suppressing chromatic aberration and minimizing artificial colouration throughout its aperture range. Two position sensors enhance the accuracy of an SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive system for autofocus performance that fully supports the lens’s high-resolution capability. A focus mode switch, focus hold button, and aperture ring with switchable click stops provide professional control for a wide range of shooting situations.
Hood (ALC-SH142) Lens front cap (ALC-F77S) Lens rear cap (ALC-R1EM) Case
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A dimension of portrait performance
The advanced technology available has been applied in the G Master series, further enhancing acclaimed Sony G Lens performance. This model combines refined G Lens bokeh with high levels of resolution in portrait lens that can fully utilise the performance potential of current and future high-resolution camera bodies.
High resolution and bokeh
High resolution even at the maximum F1.4 aperture renders the subject with high dimensionality. Then gradual bokeh dissolves the background into an artistic backdrop with natural colouration and highlights. This rare combination, due in part to XA element technology, opens up vistas of visual expression.
Versatile fingertip focus control
The ability to respond quickly to rapidly changing shooting situations can mean the difference between getting the shot or not. A manual/auto focus mode switch and focus hold button are positioned for easy access, providing versatile, professional control for a wide range of subjects and environments.
11 blades for luscious bokeh
Sony’s circular aperture design usually employs up to 9 blades. This is the first α lens to incorporate 11 blades in a circular aperture design, taking bokeh quality to high levels of smooth beauty with natural looking highlights.
Easy de-click for movies
While still shooters usually prefer the tactile feedback provided by click stops on the aperture ring, moviemakers favour smooth, quiet, click-free aperture operation. The click stops on this lens’s aperture ring can be easily turned on or off to suit still or movie shooting applications.
High clarity and contrast
Nano AR Coating technology produces a lens coating with a precisely defined regular nano-structure that effectively suppresses reflections that can cause flare and ghosting, for notable improvements in clarity, contrast and overall image quality. (1. Nano AR Coating / 2.Glass / 3.Transmitted light)
Natural images with no spurious colour
Chromatic aberration can degrade resolution as well as bokeh quality. Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements make a significant contribution to this lens’s high optical performance, keeping axial chromatic aberration in check while maximising both clarity and the natural look and colour of its breathtaking bokeh.
Sublime 2-sensor autofocus accuracy
In addition to the usual rotation sensor, a second sensor detects focus lens group position. This dual sensor system achieves high level of focus precision that is necessary to make the maximum of the high-resolution potential of camera bodies. SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive provides the required power and speed.
Hood lock and release
A hood lock mechanism prevents accidental hood detachment when moving from location to location, but a hood release button makes it easy to remove and replace the hood whenever necessary.
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|Format||35 mm full frame||35 mm full frame||35 mm full frame||35 mm full frame|
|Focal-length||24-70 mm||85 mm||70-300 mm||90 mm|
|35 mm equivalent focal-length (APS-C)||36-105 mm||127.5 mm||105-450 mm||135 mm|
|Lens groups / elements||13 / 18||8 / 11||13 / 16||11/15|
|Angle of view (35 mm)||84-34 degree||29 degree||34 – 8.10 degree||27 degree|
|Maximum aperture (F)||2.8||1.4||4.5-5.6||2.8|
|Minimum aperture (F)||22||16||22-29||22|
|Image stabilisation (Steadyshot)||Optical SteadyShot||Optical SteadyShot|
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The G Master Lens series by Sony are their top of the range and some of their most expensive lenses available, so as a hobbyist I was truly stuck whether to go for the 85mm F1.4 or 24-70mm F2.8 lens as I could only afford one, though to be honest, both have received EXTREMELY positive reviews in regards to build quality and performance, so there really isn't a bad choice but more down to which one you would use more. It was such a tough choice, however in the end I decided to go for the 85mm and so far I have been very happy with it.
♦ Box Contents ♦
∙ SEL85F14GM Lens.
∙ Lens Hood.
∙ Lens Case.
∙ Instruction Manual & Documents etc...
The lens hood has a nice rubber like texture on the front which is great for gripping, in addition there is a quick release button as it locks onto the lens which is actually a very nice feature to have.
The included lens case is not your typical thin and soft leather pouch that typically comes with other Sony premium lenses (like the SEL90M28G lens), in fact, it's a very nice textile soft case with decent padding and shoulder strap! Very pleased indeed!
♦ Lens Specifications ♦
∙ Focal Length (Full Frame): 85mm.
∙ Focal Length (APS-C): 127.5mm.
∙ Aperture range: F/1.4 - F/16.
∙ Aperture blades: 11.
∙ Filter diameter: 77mm.
∙ Weight: 820g.
∙ Minimum focus distance: 85cm.
♦ Build Quality & In-Use ♦
If it's one thing you can instantly tell when holding this lens is that it is made with quality in mind, it feels incredibly robust and when mounted feels stable when held. Whilst this lens is heavier than my 556g A7M2 body, I didn't have an issue regarding fatigue in my arms when using it for longer periods of time.
You will find a couple of of buttons and switches located around the lens:
- Focus Hold Button (Left side): Does exactly what it states; once you've focused on something (AF), hold this button down and it will lock focus so you don't have to half press the shutter to focus again. A very handy feature when operating through auto-focus.
- AF/MF Switch (Left Side): Choose between auto-focus and manual focus. Note that when 'AF' is selected, you can override with 'MF' through the camera, however with the 'MF' selected, you cannot override over to 'AF' in camera.
- Click On/Off Switch (Right Side): Having this setting 'On' will click over to the next aperture point as the aperture ring is rotated, but will have a completely smooth transition when 'Off is selected'.
- Aperture Ring F-Stops: The lens is marked from F/1.4 (right side) and goes all the way up to F/16 (left side); if any of the f-stops are selected on the lens, it will prevent you from being able to change the aperture in camera, so if you want to override, you will need to rotate the aperture ring to 'A' where you will gain full aperture control through the camera.
♦ Performance ♦
One thing that caught me off-guard when first operating this lens was the noise it makes during auto-focusing. In comparison to other Sony e-mount lenses I own, this is by far the loudest so was very noticeable to me and of course gave me some concern. That said, after searching online to where I learnt that this was normal for this lens due to the heavy elements inside and actually shooting when there is subtle ambient noise, you will actually soon realise that the sound is not really an issue; I only notice it when I'm in a room which has no noise at all.
Not to say that some may not find it annoying, however within my use, I personally now find it to be a non-issue.
Manual focusing with this lens is super smooth and responsive (if your body has focus peaking then even better!); I found the operating manual focus to be a breeze and achieved some might fine results too.
In use with Sony's A7M2, the auto-focus was very responsive! Though at times I had to keep reminding myself to back-off from a subject as I too close causing it's inability to focus as I wasn't used to the 85cm minimum focus distance, that's completely down to user error.
As for sharpness, this lens can provide tack sharp throughout all the f-stops. Just bare in mind if you're not used to going as wide as F/1.4... The depth of field is so shallow that if you're focusing on someone's eye's, their nose will be out of focus.
For bokeh lovers, this lens will not disappoint, I can guarantee you that!
♦ SEL85F14GM -VS- SEL90M28G ♦
Those researching Sony E-mount lenses may have come across Sony's 90mm F/2.8 Macro lens; or you may already own the 90mm macro and are wondering whether you should ditch it and go for the 85mm G Master?
Both are very good lenses without a doubt, in fact, the 90mm macro is one of my favourite lenses; I still own it and have no intent of ever selling it whilst I own a Sony E-mount camera, reason? The ability to do detailed and close-up shots.
The 90mm macro has a minimum focus distance of 28cm which is almost a third that of the 85mm G Master, plus it has a maximum magnification ratio of 1.0. You just simply cannot get as close to your subject with the 85mm as you can with the 90mm, plus it can still provide useful for mighty fine portrait shots. The image quality you can get from the 90mm is nothing short of fantastic too.
You may be asking what is the point of having the 85mm G Master when the 90mm Macro does a fine job itself? The 85mm G Master has a more premium build & anti-reflecting coating on the lens; has a wider aperture making it more suitable for lower lighting conditions and can provide sharper images.
With all that said, if you're looking to get the 85mm G Master in addition to your 90mm Macro, I would say go for it! But if you are looking at one or the other, you really can't go wrong with the 90mm Macro as it offers a bit more versatility and will save you a lot of money. That is down to my own personal opinion as I couldn't be without my 90mm Macro and couldn't part with it if it meant choosing one over the other.
If you however have absolutely NO interest in macro or detailed close-up shots (FYI, are great for weddings), then the 85mm G Master is definitely worth the purchase.
♦ Final Thoughts ♦
Since purchasing this lens, I have been using it as much as I can and quite frankly, love it.
I love the feel it gives when holding; I love the usability and I LOVE the results it can allow me to achieve.
Within my use, the noise is the only negative that I can pick up on which as already stated, it no longer an negative that affects me, so would highly recommend.
► Note: I have included some photos which I took with this lens and the A7M2. They are completely unedited, though may have been compressed and lost some detail/quality during the process of upload.