Sony has launched a new mid-telephoto prime lens, introducing the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 – price tag £550.

The new compact, lightweight FE 85mm f/1.8 mid-telephoto prime lens (model SEL85F18) is aimed at enthusiast photographers who may have just stepped up to a full-frame or APS-C-format camera.

It’s bright f/1.8 maximum aperture offers great bokeh and low-light photography opportunities, and is designed for portraiture.

The new Sony prime lens features a 9-blade circular aperture mechanism and a double linear motor system, which Sony says allows for faster, quieter and more accurate focusing.

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 also features a focus hold button that can be customised and assigned together with functions in the camera body, such as the Eye-AF feature.

There is also a focus ring and an AF/MF switch on the lens barrel. Sony says its new lens is also dust and moisture resistant.

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 release date is set for March 2017.

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Specification

Minimum focus distance: 0.8m (2.63 ft)
Maximum magnification ratio: 0.13x
Filter diameter: 67mm
Weight: 371g (13.1 oz.)

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