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.
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