Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens Test Results: Better than Batis 1.8/85


DxOMark published their test results of the FE 85mm f/1.8 fast prime lens designed for Sony full-frame E-mount camera.

As you know this lens is a budget-friendly and affordable product with a price of $599. The FE 85mm f/1.8 test results shows the lens score of 46 points.

Tested on Sony A7R Mark II full-frame E-mount camera the lens performed better performance than the Batis 1.8/85 which is priced at $1,199.

According to DxOMark test, the lens is sharp wide-open, with levels in excess of 80% acutance across the central 30% of the field. Peak sharpness is achieved at f/4. However, it achieves optimum performance and more uniform sharpness across the field between f/5.6-8.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens Test Results: Better than Batis 1.8/85

The FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens Test Results: Better than Batis 1.8/85

The FE 85mm f/1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens offers an extremely versatile, lightweight and compact telephoto prime lens solution.

With its wide F1.8 aperture, it can produce impressive, exceptionally sharp portraits with soft background defocus that take advantage of its 85mm focal length and wide F1.8 maximum aperture.

The new prime lens features a 9-bladed circular aperture mechanism that ensures smooth, natural looking bokeh, and a double linear motor system to allow for fast, precise and quiet focusing.

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Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens Vs. FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens Vs. FE Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens:

From DxOMark conclusion :

Large high-speed primes such as the 85mm F1.4 G Master are nice to have, but they are pricey, large, and sometimes intimidating. When it comes to moderate-speed lenses, it sometimes seems that manufacturers put price before outright optical performance. That’s not the case here. While not exactly cheap, the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 costs less than its premium G Master sibling or even the rival Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8, yet it has a real nice balance of performance, with excellent sharpness and low lateral color and distortion. Apart from a little vignetting, with its unobtrusive size and low weight, this new lens looks to be an excellent alternative for all the right reasons.