A close-up on two new mid-telephoto lenses from Sony.

Earlier this month Sony has announced two new lenses. An FE 85mm F1.8 and an FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS mid-telephoto lenses. Let’s take a closer look at their features to find out why they would be perfect for portrait photography.


FE 85mm F1.8 lens – a fine mid-telephoto lens for portraiture


There’s nothing like the sharpness and smooth bokeh of a well-designed mid telephoto prime lens for portraiture. The FE 85mm F1.8 is an excellent, accessible first choice lens for all portrait photographers. It is a compact, lightweight glass to cater for lighter and easier mobility. Its high-performance optics and a large F1.8 maximum aperture deliver just the right blend of in-focus sharpness and beautiful bokeh.

The main features include:

  • E-mount, it can also be used on APS-C models where it is equivalent to 128mm
  • 9-blade diaphragm
  • Dust and moisture resistant
  • Takes 67mm filters
  • Snappy manual focus response
  • Customisable focus hold position



FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS – simply magnificent bokeh


In addition to stunning G Master resolution, this unique 100mm mid-telephoto lens features STF (Smooth Trans Focus) technology that can elevate portraits and subjects that benefit from smooth background bokeh. It also offers close-up capability with up to 0.25x magnification, and fast, precise, quiet autofocus, and the Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation minimises blur.


Everything about this lens has been designed and refined to produce the smoothest and deepest bokeh imaginable. The optical design including a new apodisation (APD) element and 11-blade aperture deliver breathtakingly soft, smooth bokeh that ideally sets off in-focus subjects without peripheral highlight distortion due to vignetting.


The main features include:

  • E-mount, it can also be used on APS-C models where it is equivalent to 150mm
  • Aperture range is F2.8 to F20. When the apodisation filter is used, the range becomes T5.6 to T22.
  • 11-blade diaphragm
  • Nano AR Coating
  • Direct Drive SSM system and internal focus

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