Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G D A-mount lens review by skm.sa100

reviewer#11240 date: Jul-8-2013
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:50/1.7
100/2.8 macro
price paid:950 USD (used)
positive:Excellent sharpness.
:Minolta colors:
Good build and handling.
Ethereal IQ.
negative:Expensive. Edit: not anymore!
Slow focus speed.
A bit of CA wide open under harsh conditions.
comment:I might have paid a little more than this lens deserves but it was in impulse buy.
That said, I have very little fresh matter to add to all the reviews already out here.
It's a gem of a portrait lens, which is what I mostly use it for. Sharpness wide open is outstanding and improves slightly by stopping down.
It has the famed "Minolta colors". The color is rich, very well saturated without being over-saturated and has terrific micro contrast along with wonderful bokeh.
A decently composed outdoors portrait will have the subject beautifully separated from the background and has a "3D pop". I don't know how else to put it. The image has such level of detail and the contours of the subject are so well defined that a careful observation of the picture makes it seem like a 3D picture. The subjects seems to be standing out well and it is a wonder to behold. The background just melts away, thanks to the 85mm FL combined with a wide aperture. I usually don't open beyond F/4.0 for these kind of shots.
100% crops of the image just make me go "wow!". The 100% crop is MUCH better than a full image from a budget lens. The detail captured is just perfect.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 43
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.84
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.87
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