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

reviewer#7817 date: Aug-15-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 28-135mm
Minolta 100-300mm APO
Minolta 50mm f/1.4
Minolta 17-35mm d
price paid:700 USD (used)
positive:Sharp even wide open
Great colors
Great micro-contrast
Autofocus very precise
negative:For the price, nothing really. Mabye the sound of the motor could be improved.
comment:This is the ultimate portrait lens. I wanted the G or D version but the price was so low on this one, I could'nt resist and I have no regrets at all. I know that this lens is old and dosn't have the newest coating but it was never a problem for me. The IQ is even better then the minolta 50mm f/1.4. Bokeh is superbe and color is really great. The only thing "bad" with this lens is the sound of the autofocus. It sound like something is broken. At first I was afraid but other people have reported the same problem so I guess it's normal.

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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