Sony GM 85mm f1.4 vs The World

Sony GM 85
Romeo assembled a very interesting comparison with images from the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GMCanon EF 85mm f1.2L II USMCanon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMJupiter 9 85mm F2Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8 and last, but not least Leica Summilux-M 75mm f/1.4. So what is his opinion?

“My first impressions were:

  • It’s BIG!  I knew this going in – but I LOVE my Sony/Zeiss 35mm f1.4, which I also thought was BIG – so I was willing to give the 85mm a chance.
  • It’s heavy!  It feels quite a bit heavier than the 35mm f1.4.
  • The AF does make noise (unlike the silent Batis), but it isn’t as bad as some are claiming.  I didn’t notice the noise when actually shooting.
  • I thought the AF was terrible.  I’m not sure what was going on when I was shooting, but it was more difficult to get that green AF confirmation than I was used to.  Just after the shoot concluded, I was expecting about half of my shots would be soft.
  • I’m sending this lens back

Impressions after loading the images:

  • wow
  • WOW!
  • To my surprise, at least 90% of my shots were in focus (again, I’m not sure why I wasn’t getting the focus confirmation).
  • The pictures are beautiful, sharp, and contrasty.
  • The bokeh is beautiful.
  • I’m keeping this Lens!”

Romeo has shot a lot of portrait lenses over the years, but I’m not sure I agree with him about the bokeh in the pictures he decided to display. His photos and story is worth a look if you’re considering this monster or a lens. If Sony would drop the price by $500 I would probably snap it up, but I general prefer Zeiss optics on Sony cameras.

Via RomeoBravoPhoto

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