Sharp, but lens mount is finicky. Not fit for a professional.
Michael Porterfield, Amazon
28 December 2013
Summary: My copy had an issue with faulty connections. It was a solid performer but the plastic lens mount hardly instilled confidence. I returned it for a 105mm macro for 3x the price. If you're a professional and need reliability look elsewhere, but this would be a great performer for an amateur or enthusiast.
Excerpt: This is a great lightwieght lens that renders sharp images throughout its range and it produces a nice creamy bokeh. I would have liked to see a more solid metal mount on this lens, as I change out lenses often. You can't beat this lens for the money!
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Inexpensive, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Best choice for a prime short telephoto for the A7r, for the time being...
Larry Monteith, Amazon
11 April 2011
Summary: OK, it is not as fast as I would like, but it is very light weight. This becomes more important because I have to combine it with and adapter to use on the A7r. I'm using the LAEA3 adapter, the one without the translucent mirror. The autofocus does work, though not very fast. Focus speed would be faster with LAEA4, but more weight, money and having to keep that mirror clean... I simply use it on manual focus most of the time.
Summary: This year I bought a dslr-a850 in new condition for 850USD at a local store and since all I had before was a NEX-5 with some E-mount lenses, DT A-mount lenses and Legacy Lenses (Canon, Kiron, Vivitar, etc) decided to buy two fullframe lenses for less than 400USD. The first one was a Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7. Small, light, good quality (metal construction), second hand yes, but so far good enough for me (Less than 90 USD).
Summary: Cracking lens for the money. Produces really clear and sharp imaged used on my old Sony a300. I have owned all three of the budget Sony lenses. Started with the 50mm 1.8 which I loved and it's also a fantastic lens. I sold it because I stopped using it as soon as I bought the 35mm 1.8. For me that's the best lens out of all three. I have now bought this 85mm 2.8 and I love this one too.
Good lens but the low price reflects in the the AF & build
6 March 2014
Summary: I like Sony's easy choice selection of lenses (35mm DT 1.8, 30mm 2.8 macro DT etc) and the 85mm lived up to my expectations for the most part. The optics are great; shots are sharp in the center wide open and then across the frame from f4 onwards. The build is the same as other lenses in this price range; plasticky.