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Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM

14 September 2016
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary


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Pros:
  • solid and weather-resistant casing,
  • sensational image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • imperceptible lateral chromatic aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • low vignetting on the APS-C sensor,
  • very nice out-of-focus areas,
  • quite accurate and silent autofocus.

Cons:

  • noticeable longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • too high coma,
  • significant vignetting on full frame,
  • work against bright light should have been better.

If only the Sony FE 85 mm f/1.4 GM cost about $700-$900 our summary would be very positive indeed, with many oohing and aahing over its performance. Unfortunately you have to pay as much as $1800 for the tested lens, the same amount of money as you have to spend for the Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85 which is able to defeat the Sony in every optical category apart from vignetting. As a result the Milvus can be qualified as an outstanding lens whereas the Sony can be called very good at most but with a rather poor price/quality ratio. Still keep in mind the fact that the Milvus is a manual instrument; not every user is prepared to accept that.