I thought I was going to buy the Batis 85mm f/1.8, and I was gobsmacked by Sony's new 85mm f/1.4 G-Master. But I bought this lens - Sony's 90mm f/2.8 macro - instead. Why? Five reasons:
- It's damned sharp -- I'd say at least as sharp as the Batis, maybe as sharp as the G-Master
- It focuses closer than either of them, and not only do I like really tightly cropped portraits, I need the macro capability for close-up product shots
- Its focusing ring can be pulled a couple of millimeters closer to the body and it becomes a real manual focusing ring!
- It's a couple of hundred less than the Batis and just about half of the G-Master.
- At close focusing distances, the difference in depth of field among these three maximum apertures - 1.4, 1.8 and 2.8 -- are actually quite small.
It's a stunner.