Sony 85mm f/2.8 Telephoto Lens for A Alpha DSLR Cameras

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About Sony 85mm F/2.8

This Sony 85mm F/2.8 Bundle comes with $51.54 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 55mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit, ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether and a LensPen #NMP1 and Shipping is free! .

The SAL-85F28 standard to medium zoom lens is perfect for getting tight on your subject and capturing flawless details. It includes an SH111 solid-circular lens hood, front and rear lens caps, plus a handy carrying case.

The Sony 85mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light and more.The Sony 85mm F/2.8 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sony 85mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony 85mm F/2.8: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight and Nice bokeh

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Lightweight (6),Nice bokeh (5),Consistent output (4),Easily interchangeable (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (6),Landscape/scenery (4),Weddings (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Sony 85mm F/2.8 Features

  • Superb Sharpness at Fully Open Aperture: In conjunction with the Super SteadyShot image stabilization system of the Sony a (alpha) DSLR-A100 camera, this superb Carl Zeiss lens achieves pinpoint sharpness - even working with hand-held camera by available light.
  • Focus Hold Button: For full creative control, a focus hold button located on the lens can lock auto-focusing even in continuous advance mode - and focus lock can also be set on the spot-focus center frame area.
  • Smooth Backgrounds: Smooth, visually pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds give portraits and close-ups an extra dimension of beauty.
  • Excellent Contrast Reproduction: Precision optical design and advanced T coatings help to reduce flare and increase contrast.
  • Auto Clutch: In auto-focus mode, the manual focus ring does not rotate - and in manual focusing, you'll have a solid, hands-on feel.

Sony 85mm F/2.8 Specifications

Lens Type
Standard & Medium Telephoto
Lens Mount Type
Sony A-mount
Aperture (Max.)
Aperture (Min.)
Filter Diameter
55 mm
Lens Groups-Elements
4 groups, 5 elements
Minimum Focus Distance
24" (0..6m)
Distance Encoder
Distance Scale
Angle of View
29deg (35mm), 19deg (APS-C)
Aperture Blade
7 aperture blades (circular)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
127.5 mm
Internal Motor
Yes (SAM)
Maximum Magnification
x 0.2
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Sony 85mm F/2.8 Reviews

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(based on 7 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Sony lens for the price!

This is a great lightwieght lens that renders sharp images throughout its range and it produces a nice creamy bokeh. I would have liked to see a more solid metal mount on this lens, as I change out lenses often. You can't beat this lens for the money!

Reviewed by 7 customers


best value out there


from california

for anyone looking to add a nice portrait lens to their collection, this is the lens you want...look at the graphs, look at the online reviews, then look with your own eyes...shooting into the light cropped in at will get a little magenta CA that's easily taken care of in post...and the AF tends to hunt in low light situations, the lightweight feature makes it great if you're doing pet or children where capturing a moving subject is part of it...i really think you'll love this lens if you're looking for sharp images without having to take out a second to get them

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nice and simple!


from Seattle, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Considering the optical performance and the price, I could not think of a CON. This is an amazing lens! It covers the FF sensors, but it is the same size as Sony's own 35/1.8 DT lens. Lightweight, compact, and excellent picture quality. I am willing to forgive the plastic construction for all of the positive aspects. The plastic mount might not be durable to withstand a drop or a hard knock, but who handles their gear that way anyhow?

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Love it


from Richardson, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've only had this lens a short time, but I've used it indoors, outdoors, and for sports photography (indoors at basketball games). In all cases, it's focused quickly and delivered sharp, clear images. What more can you really ask for?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great lens for portraits!


from Phoenix az  -  Casual Photographer

Excellent lens for doing photos of persons (and pets). Nice blur on the background, keeps you reasonable distance from the subject so they don't feel crowded. Smooth and quick auto focus, hand focus is a tad dragging, but this makes it stay put and doesn't accidentally move on you.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great Sony lens for the price!


from USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a great lightwieght lens that renders sharp images throughout its range and it produces a nice creamy bokeh. I would have liked to see a more solid metal mount on this lens, as I change out lenses often. You can't beat this lens for the money!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent, reasonably priced lens


from Philly, Pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used for casual photography.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent optic at a great price!


from VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is an excellent lens at a great price. Sharp even wide open, really sharpens up when stopped down a stop or two. Very light - a carry anywhere lens. Buy one, you'll use it a lot.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES D  Great for portraits.
Shopper  will this fit on a a350 or would I need a mount?
DONOVAN R  This lens will fit any Minolta autofocus SLR (film cameras), the Minolta 7D and 5D digital cameras and every Sony DSLR (including the A350) made since they took over Minolta. It is a "full frame " lens, hence the wide usage. The lens is light weight and has excellent optics.

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