Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G D A-mount lens review by Common Aussie

reviewer#10702 date: Nov-15-2012
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Min 80-200 HS APO G
Min 100 F2.8 Soft
Min 100 Macro D
price paid:
missing
positive:Colour, bokeh, sharp from wide open
negative:Purple fringe CA in very strong backlighting
comment:My reaction to the first portraits captured with this lens was- "Wow".

The subtle rendering of tone and texture is truly remarkable. Newborn and baby skin is captured with incredible neutrality and naturalness. I prefer this lens over all others when shooting portraits of young children and babies.

This lens is sharp from wide open but due to the miniscule DOF at F1.4 and min focusing distance it is so easy to inadvertently move the focus plane. It doesn't focus as fast as some other lenses but accuracy is top notch. Sweet zone seems to be F1.7 to F8.

This lens seems to 'paint' from an enormous palette of colour and tones and certainly lived up to its reputation for me. Superb lens.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 42
  • sharpness: 4.89
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.87
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