Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM review

The Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM is a portrait photographer’s dream

5 Star Rating
Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM
(Image: © Sony)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This Sony lens ticks all the right boxes for portraiture on a full-frame camera, with its 85mm focal length and fast f/1.4 aperture. As such, it works really well for isolating the main subject against a blurred background. As well as being super-sharp, the quality of bokeh is wonderfully soft and dreamy, and remains so even when stopping down a little, helped by a very well-rounded 11-blade diaphragm. It’s undeniably a very pricey lens but its performance more than justifies the cost.


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    Stunning image quality

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    High-end handling

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    Top-quality construction


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    Fairly weighty

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    Expensive to buy

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The Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM is one of Sony’s flagship lenses for its Alpha mirrorless cameras. While it works well for shooting just about anything when you need a short telephoto focal length, it comes into its own for top-quality portraiture and still-life photography.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.