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I Got A Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Prime Lens For My Sony a7 II — Not Sure If I Am Blown Away.

by Anura Guruge


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The biggest handicap I have with my full frame Sony a7 II (which I have now had for over a year) is the lack of any decent lenses. Now that I sold my Sony a6500, and the two kit lenses I got with it, (very quickly on eBay) I decided to treat myself and get this ‘new’ (i.e., released in February 2017) Sony full frame (FE) 85mm f/1.8. People have been raving about it and the reviews are gushing.

I got it today — from Best Buy! Amazon had it on a 2-month backorder!

Today, was not the greatest day to try out a new lens. We have had storms passing through all day and the rain has been constant. So, the light was not great.

I am NOT sure that I have been blown away. It is OK — but, doesn’t seem that much of an improvement on my Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS. Plus, the 24-240mm obviously covers that focal length, albeit at f/4.x. The 85mm is also definitely NOT for macro. Minimum focusing distance is nearly a yard.

So, not sure what to do. I can obviously return it.

Got a GREAT Lightning Deal (on Amazon Prime Day) on the Samyang 35mm f/2.8. I got it for $212! The regular price is $267. Supposed to get that on Friday. Let’s see how that performs.


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by Anura Guruge

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The Flowers Of Our Yard — July 14, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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The yard, as has been the case for the last few years, is blooming. Today was cloudy but I set out around 2:30pm to get some pictures. Now that I sold my Sony a6500 and a couple of the E-mount lenses that went with it, I have started, ironically, to use some of the remaining E-mounts on my Full Frame Sony a7 II. That was the case today. I put my Sony 30mm macro on the A7 II. Hence the close ups. It has actually been fun using the E-mounts on the Full Frame.


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