Sample RAW images from the Loxia 2.4/85mm and Sony a7ii can be downloaded at the bottom of this article.
This is the Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lens. This lens is a stellar performer, top notch. Performs as good if not better than the Loxia 21mm which I think is an excellent lens. It's probably one of the best lenses I own for the Sony E mount. Here are some thoughts on the lens. Wide open at f/2.4 there's some slight vignetting. Nothing, nothing major. The distortion in my opinion is almost virtually unnoticeable. There are no lens correction profiles yet in LightRoom or Capture One Pro for Sony that I've seen come through.
The de-clicking of the aperture ring is nice. If you shoot video this is a big plus to me. The manual focus throw is a big plus. The manual focus through is not fly-by-wire. It's mechanical so you know exactly what to expect when you use it.
This also fits in this configuration, lens down, lens hood mounted on just like normal, camera down on an a7ii in a Hadley Small. And it's about a quarter inch too tall but that's ok because the Hadley has a top flap, a top padded flap that comes down. The bokeh is nice. I wouldn't say it's the best in the world. It's definitely not Batis 1.8 or Gold Master 1.4.
I recently traveled to the Columbia River Gorge and I took the Batis line. I took the 18, 25, and 85. I feel like that if I had the Loxia 85 I probably would have opted for the Loxia 85 because my backpack, I had a Flipside 10 liter backpack. So it was a very small pack I had. The Loxia would have allowed me a little bit more room. The 85 made things tight.
We have done some shots in studio and it shoots well in studio. You don't have Eye Autofocus but you do have focus magnification and peaking. From a photo point-of-view, maybe not the first lens you grab in the 85mm focal length. I feel like the Loxia fills a niche and it's just that, it’s a niche.
It feels good on the camera. It focuses well. I love the manual focus. The aperture ring could be a little thicker. I think before in earlier videos I said it didn't bother me. It could have been a little wider. That would have been nice.
Besides that, it's another good lens by Zeiss but I don't feel like there is going to be a horde of people looking for a slower 85mm lens. If you are looking at an 85mm focal length, you have to ask yourself a few questions. Are you ready for an all manual focus lens? Do you want to give up Eye Autofocus? Do you video? Do you do serious video? How important is weight? So there are a lot of factors that go into is this lens right for you. Only you can answer that. And at $1400 it has a hefty price tag. But what Sony lens these days doesn't have a hefty price tag.
Let us know what you think about the Loxia 2.4/85 below and how you see it being recieved.
Today I am reviewing the Sony 20mm 2.8 APS-C lens. It's a pancake lens for the crop body E mounts. So for your Sony a6300, Sony a6000, Sony a5100, and Sony a5000 I guess. You can see here it's really small. Lightweight, very portable. Absolutely my favorite lens that stays on this camera 99% of the time. Love it. Can't say enough about it. Image quality is... I would say spectacular. Some may disagree with that.
Has a nice little lens hood. It makes for a nice, convenient small package. We are going to put some photos up and show you some photos that we have taken with this lens. This lens is different. It's a prime lens. So it's a 20mm. That is a focal length equivalent of 35mm on full frame. It has a 1.5x multiplier. And what I will say about this lens, it's fast at 2.8, so it's fast enough. It could be a bit faster. But still, it's very light.
It is a little pricey at $348 USD. If I was going to pick one lens and one lens only for the Sony a6000, I would pick the 20mm 2.8 APS-C E mount lens. With out a doubt! Most versatile lens ever. This combination right here is pocketable. Especially in a winter jacket. It's not going to be pocketable in your blue jeans. Slide it in a purse. You can put a strap on it but it's so lightweight I don't bother with camera straps. It's a good travel lens. It's just a good all around lens. It's a good lens on the inside of a home. It's just a good lens.
If you have not thought about it and I don't see many people talking about it. The 20mm 2. .8 Sony APS-C E mount is a definite winner for the Sony a6000 and a5100. We'd appreciate if you subscribe below. Give us a thumbs up and most importantly your feedback regarding the 20mm 2.8 or your favorite lens that is a must have on the Sony a6000. I'd really like to know because I don't know of a smaller, lighter lens than this that has autofocus. Thanks and we'll see you next time.