Sony SEL85F18 E Mount Full Frame 85 mm F1.8 Prime Lens – Black

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Sony SEL85F18 E Mount Full Frame 85 mm F1.8 Prime Lens – Black
Sony SEL85F18 E Mount Full Frame 85 mm F1.8 Prime Lens – Black



  • Affordable large-aperture, high-quality prime-lens, ideal for portraits
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass reduces chromatic aberration , Minimum focus distance: 80 cm.
  • 9 blades circular aperture unit, dust and moisture resistant design;Minimum focus distance 0.8 m (2.63 ft); Maximum Magnification ratio (x) 0.13; Filter Diameter (mm) 67
  • Double linear motor system for fast, precise and quiet AF with a customizable focus hold button
  • Sony SEL85F18 FE 85mm F1.8 Portrait Lens – Black Hood (model): ALC-SH150 Lens front cap: ALC-F67S Lens rear cap: ALC-R1EM

Additional information

Specification: Sony SEL85F18 E Mount Full Frame 85 mm F1.8 Prime Lens – Black



Package dimensions

‎12 x 11.4 x 10 centimetres

Package Weight

‎0.54 Kilograms

Item dimensions L x W x H

‎8.2 x 7.8 x 8.2 centimetres

Item Weight

‎0.37 Kilograms

Camera Lens

‎85 mm


Country of Origin


Has image stabilisation


Included components

‎Hood (model): ALC-SH150, Lens front cap: ALC-F67S, Lens rear cap: ALC-R1EM

Lens Fixed Focal Length

‎85 Millimetres

Max Focal Length


Min Focal Length


Model year


Plug profile


Objective Lens Diameter

‎35 Millimetres

Part Number

Zoom Type


Lens Design


Maximum Aperture Range


Focus type

‎Auto Focus


Photo Filter Thread Size


Reviews (8)

8 reviews for Sony SEL85F18 E Mount Full Frame 85 mm F1.8 Prime Lens – Black

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  1. Wayne Coles

    Great value. Obviously not as good as more expensive iterations like the G-Master, however diminishing returns certainly apply. For the money nothing comes close

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  2. Amazon Customer

    I have recently moved over to the Sony platform.

    I own a Sony A7R ii and was on the look out for a 85mm portrait lens. I already own a Zeiss Batis 25mm and was looking at buying the Zeiss Batis 85mm to add to the family.

    However, Sony recently launched the FE 85mm f1.8 which was price less that the Zeiss. Although the Sony is still a premium priced product compared to equivalent lens from Canon, Nikon, Pentax etc… It is just as good as the Zeiss Batis in my option. Yes, the bokeh on some of the shots maybe a little rugby ball shaped but I am not a professional and nor am I making money out of my photos. I am an enthusiast photographer….

    I really liked the focus button on the lens, definitely prefer using this for Eye Auto Focus than the back button.

    Overall, really happy with the purchase and glad I picked the Sony over the Zeiss and saved some money for future additions.

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  3. Nicholas

    I am a professional photographer who after 20 years switch from Canon to sony. This is one of my favourite lenses nice and sharp, light and quick to focus. Have the extra stop from my zooms which are 2.8 has come in very useful many times since getting the lens. Now time to get the 35mm f1.8

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  4. Bapodra

    This lens is an excellent performer and represents a good compromise compared to the premium f1.4 GM lens and third party alternatives.

    The key strengths of this lens for me are
    – the autofocus is quick and accurate, meeting my needs for portraits – both human and feline.
    – it features a customisable button and autofocus switch on the lens for convenient control/usability.
    – build quality is very good – it feels good in the hand without being heavy.
    – the image quality is excellent and sharp.

    The aperture of f1.8 is more than usable as I frequently stop the lens down to ensure both eyes and the face is in focus and I like to include some of the background for context. On an A7iii the lowlight performance means that f1.8 is usable in lowlight situations and experience has backed it up. On a higher resolution body such as the A7RIII or A7RIV, noise may be an issue but that is subjective.

    I came to this after using my venerable Canon EF85mm f1.8 via an MC-11 adapter by Sigma. The Sony 85mm…

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  5. Wayne Coles

    I took this new lens to my first party after lockdown and fitted it onto an a7iii.
    Wow. The results were incredible. The portraits were vivid, beautiful, expressive, the bokeh just perfect, the light impressive.
    My first ever party photography and I credit all the compliments I received to this lens.

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  6. Mr. M. Cheung

    Sony have done it. They’ve finally released a more affordable lens than the 85mm 1.4 G Master.

    This is literally my favourite lens EVER. And I own the Sigma 85mm 1.4 ART for my Nikon cameras!

    It’s as sharp as nails. Focussing is quick and effortless. The size is convenient too.

    I did manage to do a VERY quick and unscientific test with the 85mm 1.4 GMaster. I was very surprised to find focus speed was slower on the G Master. It also seemed to hunt more than the 1.8. Using the same subject in low light, the 1.8 locked on with no issues. The 1.4 G Master hunted.

    So for me. I would literally get this lens and simply forget about its more expensive big brother.

    My only issue is that its so good that my wife & I are fighting over who gets to use it (we’re professional photographer/videographers). It seems the only solution is to buy another! Except Amazon have no stock at the time of writing 🙁

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  7. Thrashing Phoenix

    When I first tried the lens out, I was not super impressed with the sharpness of the image. However, after using it a bit more I have found the image quality to improve. Which I put down to myself getting familiar with the lens. It is certainly not the sharpest lens I own, but it is perfectly sharp enough for the images I have taken. Stepping down to f2.8 does provide much sharpder images but even wide open at 1.8 it is good.
    I’ve included some of the practice photo’s I have taken with this lens.
    The lens is quite small and very lightweight on the camera, meaning you can have this easily attached for long periods of time.
    There is a single focus hold button on the lens, which can be assigned to a particular operation. I personally have it bound to Eye AF Enable but can be used with your own preferred operation.
    The focal length allows you to step a little farther away from the subject than, say, a 50mm lens with nice separation of the subject from the background. But not so far away…

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  8. Amazon Customer

    After doing much research for a portrait lens I stumbled across reviews for this particular lens. Every review i read and saw had glowing reviews about this lenses quality, sharpness, and overall value for buck. Well i just got mine today and I can honsetly say with hand on heart, the rumours are more than true. What an AWESOME lens. I dont care what youve used or what you have to do, but for all Sony users, this is a MUST HAVE lens. If you see it, just buy it. Thank you Sony.

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