Thanks to Model Jacquie Boose for the gorgeous images
For every review that I have watched or read on the Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master, it is always mentioned that there are other options that are just as good at a better price point. Some in the photography community over-analyze instead of judging a lens on their own qualities. I am not going to compare this lens to any other I’m simply going to provide you with what I think about a lens that I recently picked up.
The Sony 85mm f/1.4 G Master is part of Sony’s line of a professional-grade lens for their mirrorless cameras. There’s no need to run all of the specifications of this lens because you probably know them like the back of your hand. But there are some features that are never really highlighted and make a lot of sense that is not offered by the other choices that are currently available.
Take for example the rubber gasket on the Sony 85mm gm. With the launch of the A7r4 Sony is moving in the direction of building all of their high-end cameras with weather selling. G Master lens is already prepared for this change. With the addition of the rubber gasket shooting out in wet conditions will no longer be a reason not to shoot. Even on the A7r3 85mm f/1.4 G Master did not miss a beat. It allows me a little extra time to keep shooting before I had to retreat back to the car with the model I was working with that day.
Prior to picking up 85mm f/1.4 G Master, I used a Sigma 85 f/1.4 HMS a-mount version on an adapter. With the latest stream of Sony firmware updates for a7r3 this land is performed very well in the autofocus department. Despite that I was still missing too many shots. 85mm f/1.4 G Master demonstrated superior autofocus the first time I attached to my a7r3. Even in darkening and rainy conditions, the 85mm f/1.4 G Master lock on to my model's eyes. While I agree that the autofocus may not be the fastest in the world no one can say that it is not consistent.
In the past, I have had problems with lenses that were sharp in the center but completely fell apart towards the end of the frame. That problem seems to be a distant memory with the 85mm f/1.4 G Master. Oftentimes I stepped back and shoot full-length portraits from head to foot. Combined with in-body image stabilization the 85mm f/1.4 G Master delivers sharp revolts from one end of the frame to the other. This provides more flexibility and creativity when I am shooting. It is simply another problem that has been addressed that with past lenses could strain the type of shots that I can deliver to my clients.
Sony is often criticized for its colors science. What is not understood is that color science can be a result of a number of different factors. These factors can include the way the sensor reads data, the way that light travels through a lens and the environment in which an image has been shot. The 85mm f/1.4 G Master handles color very well. Colors often look neutral and provide an excellent starting point for post-processing.
Every lens that I have ever used has had differing levels of CR. The 85mm f/1.4 G Master delivers some of the best control on CR that I have seen. Let me put it this way I can comfortably shoot at F/2 and reasonably expect that I will be able to correct most of the CR in post. If I stop down to f/2.5 or f/2.8 most of the CR is gone. There is the possibility of seeing some slight green fringing in heavily backlit situations. In most cases, it is so minor that you have to look extremely hard to find it.
Here are the facts the 85mm f/1.4 G Master is built for long time usage. Right now I cannot verify Sony’s claim that this lens can handle up to a 100-megapixel sensor. Even though some of these sample images I’ve seen with this lens on the A7r4 shows that he can handle 60-megapixel sensors pretty well. What I do know is that this lens is a sturdy consistent tool that is making my work as a portrait photographer more efficient. While I understand that there are a variety of different options sometimes it is better spent a little bit more for a tool that is going to last longer.
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