In this post, we compare the Sony 135mm f/1.8 lens with the Sony 85mm f/1.4. Both are good options for someone interested in a dedicated portrait lens, but each has specific pros that can make it better suited for specific shooting needs.

Sony 135mm f/1.8 lens vs 85mm f/1.4

Sony 135mm f/1.8Sony 85mm f/1.4
Price$1,898.00$1,798.00
Lens TypeTelephoto PrimeTelephoto Prime
Mount TypeSony E-mountSony E-mount
Image Circle35mm35mm
Focal Length135mm85mm
Aperture Rangef/1.8 to f/22f/1.4 to f/16
Weight950g / 33.6 oz820g / 28.92 oz
Diaphragm Blades11 (rounded)11 (rounded)
Lens Elements/ Groups13 elements in 10 groups11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of View18°29°
Maximum Magnification0.25x0.12x
APS Equivalent202.5mm127.5mm
Linear Motors42
Focus Hold Buttons21
Nano Anti-reflective Coating
De-clickable aperture ring
Dust and moisture-resistant construction
Nano AR Coating

 

Key Lens Differences

AF Speed

These are very similar lenses. However, there are two key difference makers that make a notable change in usage. The first is autofocus speed. The Sony 135mm f/1.8 has four linear motors while the 85mm f/1.4 only features two. The result is a marked difference in autofocus speed; as depicted in the video, the 135mm is significantly faster than the 85mm. This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker for the 85mm if you plan to use it specifically for portraits. However, if you plan on using it to take action shots it would behoove you to choose the 135mm.

Focus Settings

The other key difference is the number of focus hold buttons present on these lenses. For a little background, a focus hold button does exactly what it sounds like; when you have the level of focus you want, simply press this button and it will remain the same regardless of where you or your subject moves.

The Sony 135mm f/1.8 has two focus hold buttons strategically placed on its body while the 85mm has one. As a result, using this feature is a little bit easier when using the 135mm. Again, we wouldn’t classify this as a deal breaker if you don’t use (or intend to use) this feature. However, it’s definitely a nice option to have.

Conclusion

The Sony 135mm and 85mm lens are both great options for someone looking for a dedicated portrait lens. The Sony 135mm is priced at $1,898 and the 85mm at $1,798. But with that extra $100 you are getting newer technology.

This is a friendly reminder that Focus’s Sony Trade-in event going on until March 30th. Through that program, you can trade in your qualifying used camera body or lens and get up to a $200 trade-in bonus when purchasing the 85mm f/1.4 lens!

If you haven’t done so already, check out our video comparison of the Sony 135mm f/1.8 and Sony 85mm f/1.4 lenses. If you enjoy it, don’t forget to like and subscribe to our channel for more content.

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