Good news is that the Mark II version of the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens is on the way. According to latest rumors, Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM II lens will be announced by Sony this spring, likely in March or April, and will be in stock by early summer, likely May or June.
While specific details are still unconfirmed, sources suggest the lens will maintain the same f/1.4 maximum aperture as the current model but feature optical improvements for enhanced image quality and sharpness. The new FE 85mm f/1.4 GM II is also expected to be slightly more compact and lightweight than its predecessor.
The FE 85mm f/1.4 GM ($1,798.95 – Amazon | B&H | Adorama) has an 11 blade circular aperture (the most offered in an α lens) for smooth bokeh, Nano AR coating for reducing flare and ghosting, a ring drive SSM motor, dust and moisture resistance, and an aperture ring with on/off switchable click stops (for smooth adjustments during video recording).
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM II Lens to be Released Before Summer 2024
An unverified but intriguing rumor also claims Sony may announce a second 85mm GM lens alongside the f/1.4 update. The details are unsubstantiated, but there is a possibility this second lens could have an even faster aperture, perhaps as fast as f/1.2. However, with no reliable confirmation, this aspect should be treated as speculative at this point.
In summary, Sony is confirmed to be announcing a new FE 85mm f/1.4 GM II lens in spring, likely improving optically on the 8-year-old outgoing model, and wild rumors suggest there may even be a second, faster 85mm GM lens in the works as well. But the latter remains firmly in rumor territory for now. Further official details from Sony are expected in the coming months as the spring announcement nears.
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