Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Medium Telephoto Portrait Prime Lens

Model Number: SEL85F18/2
Web Code: 10589647


Get picture perfect sharpness and bokeh with the Sony 85mm full-frame E-Mount SEL85F18 lens. This compact, lightweight prime lens features an f/1.8 maximum aperture delivering an extremely shallow depth of field and exceptional low-light performance. It's has pro-style features like a programmable focus hold button and moisture-resistant seals.
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A prime choice

  • Offering an impressive 85mm focal length, this prime lens gives you a great focal length for portraits and other still life
  • This prime lens delivers a constant f/1.8 maximum aperture, making it ideal for low light situation and
  • An f/1.8 aperture also delivers an incredibly shallow depth of field, allowing you to get sharp focus on your subject and gorgeous bokeh in all out-of-focus areas

Keep your focus

  • The lens's internal focusing system achieves fast autofocusing ensuring you freeze the action and your photos have tack-sharp details
  • A double linear motor offers smooth and silent autofocusing, ideal for photographing when you don't want the whir of a motor to distract others
  • Quiet autofocus is also great when you're recording video so you don't get the autofocus motor noise in your movie
  • An 9-blade circular aperture creates round blurred defocused points of light instead of the usual and less appealing polygonal shape

Professional-level features

  • The focus hold button lets you lock your focusing distance once you've got your focus where you want it, so you can shoot without having to constantly refocus on the same area
  • The focus hold button is also programmable for quick access to multiple functions
  • Instant auto/manual focus selection via an AF/MF switch allows you to have on-demand creative control over your focusing
  • Compact, lightweight design makes it ideal for photographers and videographers that need to be nimble and mobile

Quality optics

  • ED (extra-low dispersion) glass reduces chromatic aberration at telephoto ranges, providing superior contrast across the entire image, even at large aperture settings
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant seals gives you peace of mind when shooting and Mother Nature turns on you


Lens Type
Standard Prime
Lens Mount
Sony E
Apparent Focal Length with APS-C/DX Sensor
127.5 mm
Apparent Focal Length with Other Sensor
Not Applicable
Horizontal Angle of View with 35 mm Sensor
19 °
Horizontal Angle of View with APS-C/DX Sensor
29 °
Fixed/Prime Focal Length
85 mm
Horizontal Angle of View with Other Sensor
Not Applicable
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Closest Focusing Distance
0.8 m / 2.63 feet
Maximum Magnification
0.13 (x)


Focus Adjustment
Internal Focus
Focusing Motor
Double Linear Motor System
Manual Focusing
Construction (Elements/Groups)
Diaphragm Blades
9 (Circular)
Weather Sealed

Physical Features

Body Construction
Aluminum; Plastic; Polycorbonate
Mount Construction
Filter Attachment Type
Filter Size
67 mm
Maximum Diameter
78 mm
Maximum Length
82 mm
371 g

Camera Compatibility

Compatible Brand
( α7-series ) ILCE7/B; ILCE7K/B; ILCE7M2/B; ILCE7M2K/B; ILCE7R/B; ILCE7RM2/B; ILCE7S/B; ILCE7SM2/B (α5000 Series) ILCE5000L/B; ILCE5000LW (α5100 Series) ILCE5100L/W; ILCE5100L/B; (α6000 Series) ILCE6000/B; ILCE6000L/B; ILCE6000L/W; ILCE6000L/S; ILCE6000L/H (α6300 Series) ILCE6300L/B; ILCE6300/B (α6500) ILCE6500/B
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  • Lens Rear Cap

  • Great lens for the price
    by LeoR

    on December 3, 2019

    Great lens. Been my go to for portraits. Even occasional landscape. I compared this side by side with the Sony 85GM. Hardly tell the difference. Unless you really put it close. GM is slightly sharper. But definitely a great lens for the price.

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  • Excellent
    by bailene

    on November 25, 2019

    Bought this for sony a73. Great lens to have in your kit

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  • Great lens
    by nadiaroe

    on November 23, 2019

    We have the 55mm also and the 85 takes a little getting use to but takes wonderful pictures. We love it.

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