Sony A7r a-mount 85mm f/2.8 - the 55mm f/1.8 - some rationalisation.

Sony A7r Minolta 50mm f/1.7 LA-EA4 Adapter
I've bought one of these Sony a-mount 85mm f/2.8 lenses for my A7r. It's light and cheap and is meant to work as part of a pair when I go out with either the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/1.4 lenses. I've owned a couple before and they are decent if not spectacular optically. I will use it much less than I use the wide-angles so it will be fine I'm sure. It worked fine on my NEX-7 and A77, though in crop mode. However I also used it on the a850 I had a while ago and that produced decent results.

The 55mm f/1.8 FE mount is apparently the best AF lens DxO have ever tested. So Sony ARE capable of making great lenses. SO WHY DON'T YOU DO IT MORE OFTEN!!! I'm still not buying one as a 55mm prime isn't something I would use a lot, no matter how good it is.
On the staying multi-format post yesterday I have decided to do some rationalisation, though still keeping a good foothold in the three formats I use. I'm going to sell the GH3 + grip and I have ordered a GX7. Mostly because it's now come down in price and there is a £100 cashback deal in the UK as well. So it's much more in line in terms of what it's worth to me. Plus I would like a smaller camera for my m4/3 lenses and as I already have the Sony faux DSLR's and the X-T1 on order so I don't really need another film SLR impersonator and the GX7 does have focus peaking so I can use my Nikons if I wish. Though I am considering selling some (or all) of those as well. They are sitting unused at the moment and I think I'd like either a Fuji 23mm f1/.4 or the 10-24mm (or both!) rather than keep them for occasional use. Now I've got a decent AF selection for my Sonys, I'll be using them less I know. Plus, though I'm happy to play about with MF when I get the results I want I now have the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 which is a magnificent lens and I doubt I'll prefer to take my Nikon 28mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.4 out rather than that. Plus the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 is a great little lens. See picture at the top of the post. And yes I know that the Nikon 85mm f/1.8 is a better lens than the Sony I've just bought above, but the question is how much will I use it? I suspect the answer is not a lot. Plus the Sony A7 and 28-70mm may be going as well as I much prefer the A7r.

So as usual a lot of changing things around, but then that's exactly why you stop by here I suspect. 

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