We summarize our suffer with all the native E-mount und a few legacy lenses bei the 85-135mm bracket for the Sony a7 series to give sie a compact and independent resource for choosing ns best portrait lens for your needs.

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We also have a 9-20mm ultra wide angle lenses, guide kommen sie 21-35mm vast angle lenses, 35mm lenses, 50mm lenses and macro lenses.

Unlike most other review sites we schutz no verband with any type of lens manufacturer personally from periodically loaning a lens zum a review. No fancy trips und meals.

Before any kind of short introduction we tell you how lang we schutz used a lens and if we schutz borrowed the from a manufacturer. But bei most cases we oase bought die lenses neu from retail stores or on ns used market. 

If we have left any question unanswered please leaving a comment and we möchte do our best zu answer it.

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Last update: november 2020

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Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM


Status: Bought and sold über Jannik. Bought and reviewed von Bastian, still bei use.

Superior bokeh er hob thanks kommen sie optimized optical entwurf (less cat’s eye compared zu competition) and XA aspects (no onion ring structures in spite of usage of aspherical elements)Slightly soft and gentle er hob at f/1.4, sharpens up considerably on preventing down zu only f/1.6Amazing contrast und resolution throughout frame quit downGM build quality v aperture ring und additional buttonA little bit big, heavy, quite expensive und not the fastest AF

This zu sein not ns highest fixing lens wide open on this list, however maybe die one with the most beautiful bokeh rendering.

825g | $1799 | complete Review | aperture collection | sample images

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Sigma 85mm 1.4 nett DG DN


Status: bought von David, still in use

Very high resolution and contrast already at maximum aperture (higher than Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM und Sigma 85mm 1.4 art DSLR version)Great correction des color aberrationsBokeh in dem some scenarios not as smooth together Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM however comes really closeComparably short weight und reasonable size

This could be Sigma’s best well balanced f/1.4 nett prime dafür far. V a really complex design they managed zu create a lens which is sharper yet almost 200g lighter than ns Sony 85mm 1.4 GM. It’s the f1.4 lens for everyone that used kommen sie have bei f1.8 since they are smaller und lighter. Ns bokeh connoisseur might still prefer die GM weil das less cat’s eyes and even smoother bokeh rendering in some circumstances.

625g | $1199 | cameralabs review

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Sigma 85mm 1.4 nett (former DSLR design)

Status: not reviewed von anyone an the mannschaft but reliable info is available.

Very high resolution und contrast already weist maximum aperture (higher than Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM)Bokeh not as smooth as Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM and Sigma 105mm 1.4 ArtHuge and heavy

Now that die mirrorless ausführung (see entrance above) has been released there ist little reason to get this lens.

1130g | $1199 | Review

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Sony FE 85mm 1.8


Status: Still in use über Jannik

Very sharp, even wide openBokeh ist good but not excellent (especially contrasted to ns FE 1.4/85 GM)Shows part purple fringing large open an harsh lightOne des the fastest concentrating Sony lenses, ready for action photographyAlmost no distortion, ok vignetting & LoCA correctionSmall size und weight, good price/performace ratioAF/MF-switch, lens button und linear MF come in handy.This lens does ns 85mm portrait lens job weil das most von the Sony individuals really. Specifically its very in der nähe des autofocus helps to get not only adults but so kids und animals bei focus

Good image quality combined with very fast AF and small size/weight make it one von the best well balanced choices zum Sony portrait photographers.

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371g | $570 | complete Review | aperture series | sample bildern | Shootout Sony 1.8/85 vs. 1.4/85 GM

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Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8


Status: notfall reviewed von anyone in the team, though david owns it and provides it. Used von Jannik in the past.

Superbly spicy across ns range native centre kommen sie edge through high contrast. The best duplicates are far better than ns best Sony 1.8s in this regard. Great CA control, but notfall quite as an excellent as Batis 135.Excellent flare control.Slightly more distortion than some des the competition, but resolution is high enough dafür there is no remarkable loss wie man corrected zum architecture etc (not enough distortion zu affect portraits).Optical vignetting (catseyes) higher at f1.8 than much faster lenses quit down. However not more than various other f1.8 lenses.A little bit bigger than, say, the Sony 1.8/85 but blieb very light.

David’s preferred travel portrait lens. Resolution und contrast are terrific from wide open. If freundin don’t mind ns weight and cost ns GM 85 ist the far better lens weil das portraits, v nicer and greater bokeh, but the Batis zu sein smaller and lighter and can it is in purchased used at a good preis – und for landscape etc use is bei the same outstanding class. While ns Sony FE 1.8/85 ist a last cheaper and and deshalb very good, ns Batis is somewhat sharper und more contrasty according zu Roger Circala’s experiment at Lensrentals, and handles flare a wenig better. 

452g | indigenous $1000 new, less used | Lensrental MTF Comparison 

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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM AF PFU RBMH


Status: Bought und reviewed von Juriaan, currently for sale.

Very sharp from wide offen at every distanceGood bokeh with less cat’s eyes than the FE85, but not as quite as die bokeh des the GM85Large and very heavy at 636 grams, yet with a nice emphasis ringAF dependability wasn’t great on my a7II, punkt longer distances i had some back focus issuesA gewächs of pincushion distortion, that reminded mine a bit of the Samyang/Rokinon 2.8/14Very cheap, a major option zum whoever ist on a budget und looking for a portrait lens, particularly one with AF

636g | 399$ | complete review | sample images

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Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.4


Status: reviewed und bought by Bastian, still bei use. Bought and sold by Jannik. Bought und still bei use über David.

gentle and unobstrusive Sonnar bokeh renderingdue to small lens diameter cat’s eye are fairly pronounced, if the bothers you oase a look weist FE 85mm 1.4 GM insteadAmazing contrast and resolution across frame hinweisen all aperturesAlmost no distortion, an excellent flare resistance, really nice sunstarsA bit on die heavy side and quite expensive

If freundin like hands-on focus and you are notfall after supervisor shallow depth des field this lens supplies a really gentle, unobstrusive bokeh rendering and still makes weil das a great landscape lens. Supplied it became very affordable lately.

594g | $1399 | complete Review | aperture collection | sample images

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Sony FE 90mm 2.8 Macro OSS


Status: Phillip owned it zum about a year, David ausblüten owns it yet uses the mostly zum macro photography.

This zu sein a really sharp lens. From wide open you möchte get terrific results wherever freundin place sie subject.Bokeh zu sein very smooth without onion rings. Some won‘t like the stronger cat-eyes. Freundin are of kurse limited in how much you kann sein blur ns background von the moderate speed.One des the bigger und more expensive lenses top top this list. AF isn’t die fastest.

This is a an excellent choice if you want to hülle a large range des applications. It functions well enough zum portraits but if her focus is on portraits, then various other lenses space a far better choice.

602g | $1098 | Review

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Sony FE 100mm 2.8 STF OSS


Status: Guest review über Stephen

This lens uses in apodization filter kommen sie progressively darken ns bokeh balls like a neutral density filter farther away from center. If the effect ist used efficiently, die bokeh won’t schutz any hard edges und will look prefer gaussian blur that was applied afterwards.Although this lens has a glowing aperture des f/2.8, it has a very bad transmission (T5.6) and will behave prefer a f/5.6 lens in exposure. Therefore, this lens ist more limited kommen sie good weather applications or tripod work.This lens zu sein very sharp, most optical errors are well corrected und it supplies a preferably magnification des 1:4.This lens ist not cheap, you kann sein get most von the various other lenses von this list weil das its price.The look von this lens is very special. Look closely at the sample images und make certain that sie like it.

This ist a special purpose lens with distinct bokeh. Examine out ns samples in our review kommen sie decide if the look is zum you.

700g | $1498 | complete Review

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Sigma 105mm 1.4 Art

Status: notfall reviewed über anyone in the mannschaft but reliable information is available.

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Similar entwurf criteria to Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM v emphasize top top smooth out von focus rendering und therefore dubbed “Bokeh Master” über Sigmacat’s eyes much more pronounced compared kommen sie Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GMVery high resolution lens already at maximum apertureHuge, heavy und expensive lens, make certain that 20mm more are precious it for you kommen sie choose that over the Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM

If weight zu sein no concern und you really desire 105mm and not 85 schutz a closer look at this one. Maybe die Sigma art lens with the nicest bokeh rendering.