Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by Matt

reviewer#34760 date: Jan-24-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G
Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro D
price paid:€ 500 (used)
positive:Great sharpness and colour rendering.
negative:More CA than a modern lens when used in the range F1.4 - F2.8.
comment:Very nice lens. It is well built and gives great photos. Beware that at F1.4, the DOF is really thin, but that which is in focus, is sharp with fine detail. Bokeh is superb. Like all Minolta lenses from that period, it can generate clearly visible purple and green CA when using wide apertures.

At F2.8, it easily keeps up with the Minolta 100m F2.8 Macro and the 80-200mm F2.8 HS APO G in regards to sharpness and overall image quality.

Focus is reasonably fast and accurate on my A77II.

All in all, this lens is a great cheaper alternative to the Sony Zeiss 85mm F1.4

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 52
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.98
  • flare control: 4.46
  • overall: 4.78
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