Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens

Model #SAL85F28

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Filter thread Front: 55 mm
Weight 6.1 oz (173 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.05 x 2.76" (5.21 x 7.01 cm)


Diaphragm blades 7
Focal length 85 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5
Groups/elements 4/5
Camera mount type Sony Alpha, Minolta AF
Angle of view 29°
APS-C Picture Angle: 19°
Minimum focus distance 1.97' (60 cm)
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
DSLR (APS-C Sensor)
Magnification 0.2x
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22


Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
Photozone de.33034401
14 March 2011

The Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM ( SAL-85F28 ) is an impressive lens when used on APS-C DSLRs - at least with respect to its optical capabilities. The lens is extremely sharp across the frame from f/2.8 to f/8. Diffraction is a limiting factor beyond.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
27 February 2012

Sony has done a great job with this lens. I own a 85mm f/1.4 CZ and I would say this lens is very comparable to it's more noble brother. Pictures are very similar, if not just as sharp.

  • +

    Consistent Output, Image quality, Lightweight, Sharp

  • -

    Plastic construction, Slow Focus, Weak Casing

18 September 2015

I liked the lens, very good and if you don't have a 50mm lens this one would certainly be a great option. For me I prefer a 50 mm 1.4 lens over this one, however, the cost is double so factor in cost and need and with this one you certainly have a little more distance from your subject over a 50mm.

23 March 2013

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.

  • +

    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh

  • -

    None at this price

24 July 2013

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..

  • +

    sharp, lightweight,

  • -

    slight CA, AF tends to hunt

Product Highlights
  • APS-C Focal Length: 127.5mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • For DT Alpha & Minolta DSLRs
  • Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.0'
  • 7x Circular Aperture Blades
  • Filter Diameter: 55mm
  • Focus Mode Switch
In The Box
  • Sony 85mm f/2.8 Alpha A-Mount Standard Prime Lens
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood for Sony 85mm and 35mm Lenses for Alpha Cameras
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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