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Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

Ergonomics: Focusing, Aperture Ring, Lens Hood

To my hands and my way of working, Sony’s 85mm f/1.4 GM has the best ergonomics on the market today for an autofocus 85mm lens.

This idea crept up on me stealthily, but once I thought about it directly, I felt it was worth explaining here.

First, I prefer the heft and feel and fit and finish of the Sony 85/1.4 GM to any of the Nikon or Canon 85mm offerings. It reminds me of Sigma DG HSM Art lenses (which I also like), only the Sony does it even better functionally. The Sony 85/1.4 GM just fits perfectly in my hands and makes an outstanding companion to the A7R II when shooting.


As noted in Autofocus Configuration for Sony A7R II and Siblings: Buttons and Eye AF, the focus button on the lens (that large round button between the AF/MF switch and the “G” logo) offers an excellent ergonomic option for iniating autofocus.

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