In my last post I talked about the new Sony FE 85mm 1.8 lens I’ve recently added to my collection. From my initial review it’s an incredible lens in terms of cost and size.
I’ve spent the past month shooting with it more than my landscape lens. This is due mainly to family functions and graduation. June this year was incredibly busy month but it offered ample opportunities to shoot with the Sony FE 85mm 1.8.
As I mentioned in my previous post this lens is extremely sharp. I’ve spent more time reviewing how sharp this lens is based on the recent photos I’ve taken. I think I’ve been spoiled.
The entire lens in my collection has been extremely sharp. The other month when I was testing out some Nikon lens on my Sony A7RII with the Metabones adapter I was perplexed why all of my images were coming out soft. You wouldn’t believe how much time I spent analyzing if I was shooting it wrong. I wasn’t shooting it wrong.
I was able to use the Sony FE 85mm 1.8 in some real world shooting where I didn’t have much control (well no control) of the light. These images were shot in some of the most challenging light but it was still fun nevertheless.
By the way I’m extremely proud of my daughter for graduating with a 4.0 GPA and ranking 4th out of her entire class!
This image was taken from the stands while shooting with the Sony 85mm 1.8 in crop mode. The crop mode allowed me to zoom in at the equivalent of 127mm and I was shooting wide open at 1.8. If you’ve ever shot in a stadium under fluorescent lighting you’ll understand the lighting is harsh and unflattering.
I was still impressed with the lens under these conditions but knew that under better lighting this lens performs better.
This image is of my youngest that was shot just before the ceremony. The lighting outside was overcast which provided some great diffused light. When shooting with lens that have wide apertures like this Sony FE 85mm 1.8 I will shoot mostly wide open if possible.
I don’t see the reasons why you shouldn’t shoot wide open if you invest in a lens that is capable of it.
It’s understandable if you have more subjects in your photo and they aren’t lined up straight so you have to adjust the aperture. But if you can shoot wide open, shoot wide open. Look at the separation of my daughter and the background. The wide aperture allows this isolation and makes portraits just so much better.
Now this image was shot under the worst lighting as possible. It was after the ceremony at night under a street lamp. I shot this image with no flash and handheld. This lens still performed well under the most drastic conditions.
So in one day I was able to shoot images with this lens under 3 different lighting scenarios and still came out with some amazing photos. This lens is a definite must have in your scenario if you’re shooting portraits. The sharpness and level of details is absolutely amazing and for $600 you cannot get a better lens for this price.