Just How Good Is the Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens?

The 85mm wide-aperture portrait lens is often a calling card lens for a lot of companies, showcasing some of their best optics at one of the most popular focal lengths. How good is Sony's version? This great video review tests it out to help you decide if it is right for you.

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM lens. The 85mm focal length is highly popular for all sorts of photographers, especially portraitists and wedding photographers, where its short telephoto length is flattering to features without flattening them and its wide aperture allows both for lots of light-gathering power and the ability to throw any background completely out of focus. Sony's entrant is actually quite reasonably priced as far as this particular sort of lens goes (especially when compared to something like the new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L), but it's still more expensive than the highly lauded Sigma 85mm Art. Nonetheless, the Sony is a powerhouse piece of glass with some unique specs, and you might decide it's worth the extra bit of money. Check out the video above to see Abbott's full thoughts. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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I like Abbott. his videos are good. not a fan of the broken review in too many parts. video needs work with exposure. peach color from over exposure.

I havent viewed him lately as some videos have been sponsored and he downplays flaws or even doesnt speak about them and its quite evident hes biased.

like a rubber band, I come and go every now and then vs when I used to watch all videos.

I like him. But, I find myself goin', "dude, seriously! You gonna make me wait for the rest of the review!".

I have shot with this lens and the Sony FE 85 F/1.8. I'm not sure I saw the $1200 difference in the shots.