Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#16298 date: Jul-8-2015
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50mm f1.7
Minolta 50mm f1.4
Sony 85mm f2.8
Minolta 135mm f2.8
Minolta 135mm STF f2.8 (T4.5)
Minolta 28-70mm f2.8
price paid:550 EUR (used)
positive:Bokeh
Sharp from 1.4
Colors
Build quality
negative:Compare to newer lenses, AF is slow
CA issues and flare can be problem in some conditions
comment:Minolta 85mm f1.4 is my favorite portrait lens (I own and Sony 135mmSTF but this minolta is more versatile lens)

Absolutely beautiful bokeh and colors, sharp wide open and razor sharp from f2.0

Still holding price, but it worth.

AF is not lightning fast but is ok.
reviewer#11914 date: Jul-19-2014
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 50/1.7
Sigma 50/1.4
price paid:750 $A
positive:Fast focusing
Sharp
Light and small
negative:Price
comment:My favourite len
A very nice day to day lens
It's on my camera about half the time
It's technically true that stopping down improves resolving power, but in reality in low light stopping down reduces camera noise way more than increasing lens softness
reviewer#11913 date: Jul-19-2014
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm macro f2.8, Minolta 135 f2.8
price paid:770 us
positive:This is the sharpest lens in my kit
negative:Minor issues but nothing note worthy
comment:I like the lens speed as it allows me to control the depth of field and bokah. No problems using it with my A7R and EA4 converter.

I highly recommend this lens.
reviewer#11354 date: Sep-28-2013
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:16-50 SSM f2,8
50mm f1,4 minolta
sigma 85mm f1,4
Canon ef 85mm f1,2L USM II
price paid:675
positive:very sharp at wide open,if you stop down you will beat other 85mm att this class except CZ family bokeh quality is very amazing on this G RS
negative:not silent focus,not have internal motor n internal focus for smoth focusing..not as fast SSM motor
comment:very amazing lens with old build quality..i have 1993 version..and this lens always like new..a love this legacy glass
reviewer#11254 date: Jul-16-2013
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Tamron 28-75 2.8
Sony 70-300G
price paid:560 EUR (used)
positive:Sharp
Solid build
Great colors
Bokkkkeeehhh!!
negative:I personally don't like round lens hoods
comment:I was in doubt between this lens and the Sigma with USM for my A99, went for this one after reading the Dyxum reviews and I'm not disappointed.
Great lens, perfect for portraits. I was considering the 135 STF for the bokeh but the manual focus only put me off. This lens is amazing, it can back focus but the A99 has micro adjustment so no problem. Having tried focus peak with this lens in manual focus I realised it's nearly impossible to take candid portraits because people are always moving around.
All in all, perfect portrait lens! Even at f1.4 with that kind of glow (although it's very easy to get the eyes out of focus!)
reviewer#11229 date: Jul-1-2013
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-200/2.8 G SSM
Minolta 100/2.8 Macro D
Manual Contax Zeiss 85/1.4
price paid:
missing
positive:sharp from f/2 onwards
solid build
negative:
missing
comment:Probably my favorite focal length and this lens doesn't disappoint. At f/1.4 it shows some spherical aberration (dreamy look) which is to be expected or even desired for this kind of "portrait lens". As soon as it is stopped down it becomes a perfectly sharp prime. Focusing is reasonably quick and the lens is generally very pleasant to use due to its nice size and smooth operation. Certainly one of my favorites.
reviewer#11184 date: Jun-9-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 1.4 35mm G
Minolta 2.8 200mm G HS
price paid:850 USD
positive:SHARPNESS
BOKEH
LOW LIGHT
negative:NONE
comment:This is my go to lens. Doesn't disapoint! Worth it's weight in gold.
reviewer#10580 date: Oct-12-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Leica Summilux-M 75
Minolta AF85 1.4 "old"
Sony CZ135 1.8
price paid:430 EUR (used)
positive:Sharp
negative:Quite frankly none
comment:Really a first class lens, superior IMHO to the Leica Summilux 75.
reviewer#10095 date: Apr-9-2012
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 135mm f/2.8
- Minolta 100mm Macro f/2.8
- Sony 85mm f/2.8
- Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5
- Sony Zeiss ZA 85mm f/1.4
price paid:900 USD (used)
positive:- Tack sharp.
- Wonderful DOF.
- Nice bokeh.
- Colour rendition. ( Minolta Colours)
- AF is at a decent speed for this generation of lens.
- Solid metal build.
- Really sharp corner to corner (beyond f/2, f/1.4-2 is still quite acceptable.)
negative:- Expensive but can be justified with the quality of this lens.
- CA when light source is strong.
- Some flaring issues.
- Lens a bit loud for video work.
- heavy ( but expected from metal lens construction of this grade of lens).
comment:The Minolta 85mm f/1.4 is really a legendary lens you owe yourself to put into your lens arsenal. This lens' sharpness and shallow DOF can make some ordinary scenes turn into some amazing pieces of art.

Compared to the Minolta 135mm f/2.8, the colour rendition is very similar but the sharpness is a few notches better. (Mainly because of the corner spots). The AF is just as fast. The bokeh is definitely better on the 85mm. The 85mm has a bit better CA control.

Compared to the Minolta 100mm macro f/2.8, the colours are the same Minolta colours. The sharpness are very similar. The AF is definitely a few folds faster on the 85mm. The CA under strong lighting for both lens are also quite similar.

For those who have the Minolta 28-135mm f/4-4.5 legendary zoom, the colour and the sharpness from such a lens is very very similar to the qualities of the 85mm f/1.4. The 85mm f/1.4 is a much faster lens and can achieve to do something zoom can't but these 2 lenses can help you start your professional work for sure.

As for the more current 85mm lenses, although the Sony 85mm f/2.8 is a solid performer in terms of sharpness, colour, distortion control and CA control, it does still made me desire about shallower DOF. For beginners jumping into photography, the 85mm f/2.8 is definitely a good lens to start getting familiar with the focal length for portrait work. Especially with the D function on the lens. The Minolta 85mm f/1.4 doesn't have the D function or a SAM motor but the bokeh and colour rendition is definitely worth the upgrade. The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4, I rented it and did some comparison. I love what the Zeiss offered, very very similar performances by both lens. Zeiss has a bit of an upper hand with sharpness when wide open. The Zeiss is also $800 more right now with the price increase. Other than that, both are equally as good. Did not test with Sigma, as the HSM copy my buddy has doesn't work with A77. He needs to send it in for re-chipping.

In conclusion, you ought to look at the Minolta 85mm f/1.4, if you are a serious Alpha photographer. It is expensive but this is going to stop your lens lust for a while. If you are deciding between 85mm lenses and if money isn't an issue, Zeiss is the way to go for the ultimate prize. The Sony 85mm f/2.8 is a good alternative if you can't plop all that cash on the table. The Minolta 85mm f/1.4 is good compromise between having all the good features of a 85mm if you can find a deal somewhere.
reviewer#8527 date: Jan-15-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:* Minolta 20mm f/2.8
* Sigma 20mm f/1.8
* Sigma 24mm f/1.8
* Sigma 30mm f/1.8
* Sony 35mm f/1.8
* Sony 50mm f/1.4
* Zeiss 85mm f/1.4
* Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro RS
price paid:919 USD (used)
positive:* Fantastic image quality - Minolta colors, and very sharp.
* Solid build.
* Wide aperture, good for both shallow DOF effects and low light work.
* Smooth bokeh.
negative:* Mild CA when used wide open.
* The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 is sharper from f/1.4-f/2.
* Limited usefulness on a crop sensor other than portraits - too narrow for walkaround use, too wide for meaningful long-range work
comment:I wanted a good portrait lens for my a850. I had my sights set on a Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 when I stumbled across a nice copy of this lens. The build and image quality are fantastic - nice and sharp with good Minolta colors. I notice a little bit of CA and softness at/around f/1.4; the CA is easy to correct in post and the softness is the sort of thing that looks nice in a portrait, though the thin DOF could be in play as well.

If you want a great portrait lens and either can't or don't want to drop the money on the Zeiss, do yourself a favor and pick one of these up - you won't regret it.
reviewer#8501 date: Jan-9-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm f1.4
Sony 70-200 f2.8 G
price paid:US$815 used
positive:Sharp, beautiful colour rendition, creamy Bokeh, solid buid.
negative:Can be a bit slowish to focus in low light.
comment:Solid build, high quality throughout, great clarity, great optics, captures striking images in natural light, traditional rich and natural Minolta colour rendition, beautiful Bokeh. Due to the mechanical screw focus and the heavy glass lens elements the focus can be a little slow in low light, but overall, this lens is very highly recommended. On my a700 the cropped focal length gives me the equivalent of 128mm f1.4, so for portraiture I do need to step back a bit.
reviewer#7903 date: Aug-30-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 100/2.8 soft focus
Sony 70300 G
price paid:usd 720 used
positive:responsiveness
Minolta colors
depth rendition
clarity
comfortable size
negative:nothing at all
comment:Probably my favorite lens of all time. I use it for walkaround because it is essentially foolproof. Bought from matsuiyastore in excellent condition for an excellent price, the lens makes me into a better photographer than I normally am. It has a limpid clarity that doesn't break into edge sharpness, and a soft Minolta color rendition that is almost edible. Stopped down, it delivers depth in a modulated way, but I just like it wide open because it seems to provide instant memories with the subject captured in a liquid environment.
reviewer#7781 date: Aug-4-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:I have nothing that compares
price paid:575
positive:sharp
beautiful bokeh (amazing)
build
negative:nothing for this price
comment:I do not understand some saying this is not sharp. At 1.4 if it is not sharp that is because of the DOF not the lens. Bokeh is just liquid color and even at higher stops its great. Ultimate portrait lens no doubt. I have been amazed already by this lens, and in most pics so far the eyes have something that is hard to describe that I could not get with any of my other lenses. I own the tamron 70-200 and thought it was great for portraits till I got this!!
If you want premium portraits grab a minolta 85.
reviewer#7777 date: Aug-3-2010
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm f2.0
Minolta 135mm f2.8
price paid:950AUD
positive:Sharp Sharp Sharp
Creamy bokeh
Wonderful Colour
negative:Minimum focus distance not ideal
a bit soft wide open, but which fast lens doesn't perform like this.
comment:Bokeh: Dreamy, creamy bokeh. If you are really into bokeh, this is the lens for you.
Sharpness: Very sharp. The sharpness can come close to minolta 100mm f2.0 when step down to f2.8.
Colour: Classic minolta colour. Well-balanced contrast.
Bulid quality: Like tank.
reviewer#7679 date: Jul-11-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 70-210mm f/4
Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Minolta 50mm f/1.7
Minolta 135mm f/2.8
price paid:$860 CAD
positive:+outstanding resolving power
+smoothest colour rendering
+some of the best bokeh
+virtually zero lateral CA
+pro grade build
+looks sexy
negative:-loudest AF I've ever heard
-some purple fringing
-some longitudinal CA
-veiling/softish at f/1.4-1.7
-kinda heavy for the size
comment:This is first and foremost a portrait lens. And boy does it do it well. From f/1.4 to 1.7 there is a a fair amount of veiling which gives a dreamy, diffused, and flattering look to portraits. But for everything else with hard lines, it looks soft. However when stopped down to f/2.4 and lower, contrast is literally perfect and this lens is one of the sharpest I have ever laid my hands on. Image rendering really does have that magic to it that other owners swear by.

I've only played with the CZ85/1.4 for a short while, but I am already very fond of Minolta colours so this Minolta sure does feel like a keeper.

On film/full frame this lens is a very nice and natural focal length. On APS-C I sometimes feel like I need to step back a bit.
reviewer#7603 date: Jun-24-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 100mm f2.8 Macro
Minolta 80-200mm f2.8 APO HS G
Minolta Beercan 70-210mm f4
Minolta 28-135mm
price paid:900 USD (Used)
positive:Sharp!
Creamy Bokeh...
Solid build...
negative:Price?
D version has wider manual focus ring, which is a little nicer, but not a deal breaker by any means...
comment:Good distance for portrait work on crop sensor, great for FF.
Amazing bokeh wide open and down a few stops. Super sharp. Very solid build.

Great for natural light portraits.

This is my best prime. Period... Love it...
reviewer#7037 date: Mar-9-2010
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:885 USD used
positive:Very sharp
Beautiful bokeh and colors
negative:At f8 your subject better be pretty
comment:If you like bokeh get this lens, it's excellent. I find myself using it in manual focus more often then AF(compose then manually focus rather than focus then recompose). Great on my 7, awesome on my 7D and my A700.
reviewer#6525 date: Dec-5-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Zeiss 135mm F1.8
price paid:
missing
positive:Colors
Sharpness
Bokeh
negative:CA at F1.4
Soft at F1.4 but sharpens up at F2.0
Slow and noisy AF
comment:It is my favorite lens on APS-C.
reviewer#5919 date: Aug-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50/1.4
Tamron 17-50/2.8
70-210/4 beercan
price paid:650 eur
positive:Sharp
Beautiful bokeh
Nice weight
negative:I don't want to take it off my camera.
comment:This is one nice piece of glass, I can recommend it to anyone. Ever since buying a Dynax 5d and learning more about the Alpha camera system, this lens has been one of my 'wannahaves'.

I read the reviews of this one and the CZ85, also the comparisons, and expected it to behave like the Sony 50/1.4 I once had; only really useful from f/2 onward. I was surprised. Even though it does have some CA at f/1.4, it is quite useable for dreamy shots and still contains surprising detail.

The bokeh is wonderful, better than the (magnificent) beercan's and 50/1.4. This leads me towards the use for this lens. What is it for?

Well, I like it most for portraiture, which is the sole purpose it was designed for. But... When a lens is this good, I always keep it on my A700 and try to use it for everything. Nature shots (although I wish it would focus closer), landscape shots, shots for pano's, street candids, architecture details, pictures of children at the school I work at for the website and our yearly school calendar... It shines in every department.

One can only imagine how great it would be on an A900 or A850...
reviewer#5918 date: Aug-26-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:No other primes in that area, only a lensbaby ;-)
CZ 16-80
price paid:Eur 550 (used)
positive:Sharp
Sharper
The Sharpest lens i own
negative:none sofar
comment:We'll this was my first purchase of a prime.
I got it in a mint condition and was so, so happy.
And í was amazed by it pictures, no dissapointment what so ever
Had to get used to it a bit but it makes remarkeble quality pics.
Fantastic as a portrait and street lens for photographing people.
If you come across one of them for a small som, just get it. It won't dissapoint you.

Greetz
reviewer#5457 date: May-26-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:- Minolta AF 50 f1.7
- Minolta AF 135 f2.8
- Minolta AF 100 f2.8 macro
price paid:
missing
positive:- bokeh
- 1.4 Aperture
- solid build
- manual focus works great thanks to large rubbery ring
negative:- AF a bit slow
- low-light AF performance is not the best
- CAs quite obvious when wide-open
comment:My most favourite lens. Takes a bit of time to learn how to handle it. The best lens for available light and portrait photography. You will love the bokeh.
reviewer#5181 date: Apr-7-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:
missing
price paid:
missing
positive:stunning bokeh effects!!! sharpness, vibrant colors, super clarity.
negative:AF speed a bit slower than CZ 85mm f1.4 (not an issue for portraits when subjects don't speed around)
comment:This lens is truely amazing, it seems to produce a "3D feeling" punch effect of the subjects whereas those from CZ ones looked a bit flat.

Bokeh effect is better and more "dreamy" than CZ ones, colors tend to be richer than CZ ones.

Images from CZ are sharper than Minolta ones only when they are being looked closer.

Another good thing is no flash is required under decent indoor lighting, u may get the "D" version if u used flash very often.

This lens is highly recommended, its quality is worth every cent, defintely a great lens for portrait lovers.
reviewer#4845 date: Feb-12-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Min 35/1.4 Old
Min 70-210/4
Min 100/2
price paid:USD 950 (LN-)
positive:Superb portrait lens
+ build
+ bokeh
negative:-Extension AF
-not sharp enougth @ long distances
comment:A real legend of MinoltaAF system. Wide /1.4 aperture and impressive image quality. But beware to use it as usual short-tele lens: at distances > 10m / 30feet you'd be better using the 100/2

My favorile lens on film.
reviewer#4837 date: Feb-11-2009
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- Minolta 85mm f/1.4 Original
- Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G D
- Sony Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T*
- Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 Vario-Sonnar T*
- Minolta 28-70mm f/2.8 G
- Sony 35mm f/1.4 G
- Minolta 200mm f/2.8 HS APO G
price paid:925 USD (used)
positive:- Sharpness
- Color
- Bokeh
- Build
- Ultra Large Aperture
- Circular Aperture Blades
negative:- Only available in used market
- No ADI?
comment:The image quality this lens produces is simply astounding. It excels in every possible aspect (sharpness, color, contrast, bokeh, etc etc) one can think of. In terms of optic quality, it beats the 35/1.4 G and 28-70/2.8 G in my opinion (these lenses are used for different purposes though).

Build quality is nothing but 5-star. AF speed can be improved but is more than enough for what this lens was designed for (portraiture).

*UPDATE*
The Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 is sharper at large aperture setting (1.4-2.8) and better built with an all-metal construction (even the hood and focus ring are metal). But the Minolta still has a special place in my heart.
reviewer#4836 date: Feb-11-2009
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:- 85za
- 100 Macro
- beercan
- 135za
- 200G
- 35G
- 24-70za
price paid:950 USD (used)
positive:+ Overall image quality stopped down
+ sharpness 2 stop down
+ bokeh
+ skintones and colors
negative:- not sharp and contrast wide open
- lot of CA
- Non SSM
- extends on focusing
comment:It was my first G-lens. I used it on A100 for portraits. And i can say that it's perfect in this. Colors, skintones, sharpness, bokeh very very good in portrait shooting. Zeiss lens (85 and 135) in my opinion are better in resolution, contrast, colors 85za have better bokeh than 85G (in my opinion).

This lens is not a universal instrument such as 50/1.4, CA level and slow AF speed is not big problem in portrait shooting, but in other situations it may be negative.
reviewer#4613 date: Jan-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta 20mm ƒ/2.8 Original
Minolta 24mm ƒ/2.8 Original
Minolta 28mm ƒ/2.0 Original
Minolta 35mm ƒ/1.4 G RS
Minolta 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro RS
Minolta 58mm ƒ/1.2 MC Rokkor PG
Sony 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6
Sony 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6
price paid:$780 USD, Dec 2008
positive:Rich, saturated & vibrant Colour
Great shadow tones
Ultra fast aperature
Extremely solid build
Smooth focusing ring
No noticable distortion
Nice weight for a900 body
Thin depth of field
Great bokeh
negative:Expensive
Moderately long minimum focus distance
Auto focus while not slow, is not instantaneous
Focus may hunt a little in low light
Lack of modern style centre-pinch cap
comment:I've only had this lens for about a 2 weeks and I am still learning it's personality but from the first shot, it is without a doubt a great and amazing lens. Colours are vivid and vibrant without being overly saturated or popping. Tone rendition is classic Minolta G. Build and weight are perfect for a900.

People who have had both say the Zeiss 85 has better sharpness & bokeh, but I'm perfectly happy with classic Minolta G colour, RS build & price. I had lusted after both the 85 RS & 100/2.0 but after tried this one out, there's nothing more I need.
reviewer#4361 date: Nov-12-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 35/1.4G
Minolta 50/2.8 macro I
Minolta 24-85/3.5-4.5 new

price paid:780 EUR (used)
positive:Perfect bokeh
Colors
Sharp
No distorsion
Focus lock button
negative:Slow AF
comment:Great portrait lens.
reviewer#4165 date: Sep-30-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:other fast primes - 35, 50, 135, 90 macro
price paid:Ł575
positive:Colours and bokeh to make you weep
Cheaper than a Zeiss
Amazing piece of glass to own
Cinematic picture quality
negative:Agricultural AF
Nasty hood and cap
Not pin sharp at f/1.4 where zeiss is - but this is useful in portraiture.
comment:The perfect balance of sharpness and softness for flattering portraits. A great big fast polished diamond of a lens.

This lens makes you work hard on composition and focus at wide apertures but the results can make strong men go a bit weak and quiet. Clarity, colour, contrast, all unbeatable. The bokeh makes masterpieces out of snapshots, partly because the transition to blur is so stepless and partly because the colours are so nice. It seems to paint from a palette of 50 billion beautiful shiny colours. Prior to owning this lens I didn't know how many shades of white there could be on one cat's whisker.
It's a bit less 3d than longer primes like the 135 sometimes and AF is clunky, MFD a bit long, hood is horrible - but these shortcomings mean nothing. If insist on using filters, be prepared to spend big on the best quality - I used a Ł120 B+W polarizer outdoors and it didn't harm the pictures too badly.

I sold my 85 this year and it makes me sad to remember it.

Hopefully the 100mm f/2 I've bagged on ebay will make up for this, but secretly I know it won't have the magic of the 85.
reviewer#3834 date: Jul-10-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:M 35/2.8 O, M 24/2.8 O, M 135/2.8.
price paid:725 euro used
positive:Tele/Bokeh, build, sharp, colors.
negative:AF not very fast, but not to slow.
comment:Nice FOV on crop, even better on Full frame.
Teams up with M 35/2 O to form my Prime pair.
reviewer#3786 date: Jul-2-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 5
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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:100 2.0
135 1.8 CZ
135 2.8
200 2.8
price paid:700 Euro
positive:- Sharpness
- Colours
- Built
- Bokeh, bokeh, bokeh
- And bokeh..
negative:- the focusring is turning when focussing.
comment:I own this for a few months now. It became my favourite lens for portraits. Before I had this one I used the 135 2.8 for portraits. The 100 2.0 is useable too, but only for young people :-). Way too sharp..

Paid a lot (but it was (is) still as new). Didn't hesitate. This is one of my best lenses. Love the bokeh!!! Not as sharp as the 100 2.0 but for portraits is great! And I love to play with the narrow DOF.

The only negative thing is that I can't hold the lens as I would like. The focusring is in the way and turning when focussing. I get used to it, but the first time I use it again, I am always remembered to get another 'grip'.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 48
  • sharpness: 4.81
  • color: 4.98
  • build: 4.94
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.63
  • overall: 4.86

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