Further readings for the Sony Planar T* 85mm F1.4 ZA
To provide photographers with a broader perspective about mobiles, lenses and cameras, here are links to articles, reviews, and analyses of photographic equipment produced by DxOMark, renown websites, magazines or blogs.
Sony’s latest 42Mp SLT A99 II adds another full-frame, high-resolution camera option for photographers demanding images packed with detail. Boasting a back-illuminated (BSI) sensor, the Sony A99 II achieved an outstanding overall DxOMark score of 92 points in our sensor tests, with impressive performance at mid to high ISO sensitivities, thanks to its BSI technology. (See our in-depth Sony A99 II sensor review for more details.)
The number of APS-C semi-professional cameras remains remarkably small, with the Sony A77 II being one of the most well-rounded models in both sensor performance and features. The body is only half the equation, of course, with lens choice being an equally important consideration, maybe even more so. We’ve analyzed the results of nearly 50 lenses altogether, comprising 20 different primes and 28 zooms, including wide-angle, standard, and telephoto models.
Following our recommendations for the flagship Sony SLT-A99, we’ve had the opportunity to assess the firm’s semi-professional 24-Mpix DT (APS-C) format model - the SLT-A77 - with a sizeable collection of Sony and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these models perform best when paired with the camera.
After evaluating the performance characteristics of lenses mounted on full-frame models such as Nikon D800 and D600, as well as the Canon EOS 5D Mk III, we’ve now had the opportunity to analyze a range of lenses on the Sony SLT-A99. In this concise report, we’ll see how well the combination of Sony’s high-end image sensor and the latest Alpha mount lenses perform.
This new Sony “easy choice lens” is fully built in plastic, which means it’s quite light (175g). Manufactured in China, it has a pretty affordable price tag at about 249 USD. It’s safe to assume that its lower price means lower quality, and with its plastic shell, people who prefer metal bodies may want to skip this one. Those who don’t mind plastic camera lenses may be interested in the image quality results....
This G-series lens, equivalent to the L-series by Canon or DA-series by Pentax, could be placed along the lines of a Konica Minolta 35 mm f/1.4 G. This 35mm lens is fast, with its 1.4 aperture. It has a perfect wide angle for a full frame camera such as a Sony A900 or a Sony A850, this lens is a good 50mm equivalent mounted on a APS-C camera (like an A350, or the latest A580 and SLT A55). A brief review is available here...