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#1 goranilic

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 08:01 PM

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Hi,

I am needing a 85mm f2 or better lens for my A7 Before I save for a new Batis I am looking for sharpest option on "legacy" market. Would like to hear what you got and how do you like it.

My budget would be around $250.

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#2 MikeTison

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 08:40 PM

I'm not sure what the sharpest 85mm is for around $200, but I picked up Nikon Nikkor 85mm 1.8D (w/ aperture ring) for $125 on ebay not to long ago. Its pretty sharp across the frame wide open. To me, its distortion free @ 1.8. By f2.8 to f8 its amazingly sharp. Bokeh is good for the price, maybe not as smooth as i wished but for 125 its great! Lastly, I recommend finding one with the metal hood. I recommended it to prevent flare and ghosting. I'll try to upload some samples later.



#3 michaeloneworldproductions

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Posted 24 March 2016 - 10:08 PM

I've really enjoyed my Canon new FD 85mm 1.8 I bought mine on ebay from Japan in MINT condition for under $200 and it's super solid/well made and delivers a modern image.  Sharp and good creamy backgrounds.



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Posted 25 March 2016 - 02:35 AM

I'd say the Zeiss Contax 85mm f2.8. Small and (still) affordable too. Plus, it's a true Zeiss in colors and micro-contrast.



#5 markphoto4u

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:03 PM

Carl Zeiss 85mm 2.8 lenses are going for 3 to 4 hundred for a clean lens. Saw one on eBay today for just under 200 with haze, fungus, and dust (of course light dust would be expected). Also, 2.8 is not f2 or better. Would you expand on why you have found this lens comparable to a Nikon or Canon 85/1.8 especially as a portrait lens and maybe shoot us a photo. I am also considering a portrait lens for my A7ii, and I like old legacy glass. Thanks.


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#6 markphoto4u

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Posted 25 March 2016 - 10:09 PM

Also, I see that Nikon and Canon 85/1.8's are between 3 and 4 hundred. Rokinon ready for Sony e-mount (no adapter needed) are almost 300 bucks. It looks to me like anything in the 200 dollar range is going to be pretty ugly.


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#7 nomad

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:00 AM

Sorry, I was a bit hasty and went by the title only.

 

The beautiful Minolta 85mm f 1.7 used to be under 200. But I'm afraid with the success of Sony's A7 line all this is going to change and I'll have to up my insurance – I got a complete line of Minolta and Zeiss C/Y glass when there was only MFT to adapt it to. When I checked some prices recently, I found out that this was one of the best investments in my life…



#8 IamJF

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Posted 26 March 2016 - 02:45 PM

There is also the Minolta 85/f2. It's sharp and small with good contrast. You should get it under 200,- - at least it should be cheaper (and sharper) as the f1.7

http://artaphot.ch/s...90mm-brennweite



#9 markphoto4u

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:26 AM

I am not finding the Minolta 85mm f2 for less than 200. More like 350 to 600. Have you checked prices on eBay or do you have another source for under 200 dollar 85mm f2 Minolta lenses?


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:30 AM

I've really enjoyed my Canon new FD 85mm 1.8 I bought mine on ebay from Japan in MINT condition for under $200 and it's super solid/well made and delivers a modern image. Sharp and good creamy backgrounds.


200 dollars? How long ago was that?

#11 michaeloneworldproductions

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 11:02 AM

200 dollars? How long ago was that?  

 

everyday ....all day....ebay 85mm nFD 1.8

http://www.ebay.com/...mm 1.8&_sacat=0

 

and the lens is awesome.   



#12 seres

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 06:34 PM

Nikon 85mm f1.8, the last of the "K" series with the improved coatings is generally labeled H C. They are non-AI (which works OK with an adapter) and generally run under $200.



#13 IamJF

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Posted 28 March 2016 - 07:38 PM

I bought the Minolta in europe 1-2 years ago. On ebay is one for about €250,-, but at an auction you should get them cheaper.

 

http://www.ebay.at/i...OIAAOSw2ENW7-HW

 

Much luck during hunting :-)



#14 JimmyD

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 12:59 AM

Having tried several legacy 85mm's with high quality (Novovflex) adapters, my recommendations in order of preference are:

1. Save up or sell something else and get the Batis 85mm f/1.8. Simply fantastic lens and not much bigger than anything else when you figure in adapter and certainly not heavier. Only issue is price and availability.
2. Spend a little more than you were planning for the Zeiss C/Y 85mm 2.8. Great Zeiss pop and colors.
3. Minolta 85mm f/2. Perhaps as good all around as the Zeiss C/Y 2.8 and obviously a stop faster.

Happy hunting.
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#15 IamJF

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Posted 29 March 2016 - 10:33 PM

JimmyD,

 

Can you please loose a few words about Minolta 85mm/2.0 vs. Zeiss C/Y 85mm/2.8?

I have the Minolta and am thinking about the Zeiss. Just bought a few C/Y and absolutely love them (50/1.7, 135/2.8, 200/3,5). I bet the Zeiss is not realy lighter or smaler as the Minolta with adapter?

 

I already have the Sony 90/F2.8 Macro which is a great lens and it's my most used lens - so I'm not really in the NEED of one more 85mm ... ;-)



#16 Golem

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Posted 01 April 2016 - 01:07 AM

I like the Sigma 90/2.8 so well that I had it in 3 mounts.

 

Now I only have the A-mount, cuz the other two were

EOS and N/AF. The EOS lens shuts down any Canon

digital body cuz it's EOS film era and it's Sigma. OTOH

I shoulda kept the N/AF for use on adapters. But when

all I had was a Nikon DSLR the Sigma would that I had

from the film era would shut down the Nikon DSLR. I

was not yet involved with Sony and adapters :-(

 

Anywho, Minolta/Konica/Sony has maintained enuf

data compatibility that my Maxxum era 90/2.8 lives on

and works 100% on a Sony LAE converter. Very fine

lens in my estimation. Estimation is the word. The pix

look great but I never test it nor search out "Lab Tests".

 

Sooooo .... if you find one in Nikon mount, you have a

normal aperture control and can readily adapterize it.

Just don't put it on a Nikon DSLR ! BTW it focuses to

half lifesize, has a range limiter switch for the AF, and

it uses 52mm filters :-) But the lens is kinda rare :-(



#17 Steve C

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Posted 02 April 2016 - 03:29 PM

Save up for a Canon Fdn 85mm f1.2, they're stellar. Either version.
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Posted 05 April 2016 - 06:26 AM

Jupiter 9 85mm f2, lots for sale at under $200. Zeiss Sonnar design. Sharp once stopped down a stop or 2, but people actually prefer to shoot with it at f2 as it gives a soft appearance for portraiture. Bokeh is really creamy.

 

http://stevenoakley....link.asp?id=615 - video centric review

http://vintage-camer...zorki-lzos-kmz/

 

It's a very different lens to the Batis, has quite a unique rendering. I reckon that you'd probably still use this occasionally even when you get the Batis.



#19 nomad

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 08:03 AM

IMHO, the sharpest 85mm lens is a 90m ;-)

 

The Zeiss Contax G 90mm f2.8 is as sharp as it gets!



#20 Gerald Adam

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:48 AM

My favourite Lens on the A7 is the Contax G Carl Zeiss T* 90 mm f2,8. I also have a Nikon 105 mm f2,5 and a Walimex (=Rokinon) 85 mm f1,4. But the small Contax Zeiss lens is by far the best of them. It is sharp to the edges even wide open and best. In quality it catches up to Lenses made for digital but gives the best colors and the best film-charakter of the three. And it looks very nice on the Sony FF.




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