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

reviewer#3419 date: Apr-1-2008
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:28-70 2.8 G
100 F2
price paid:1298 USD Mint
Sharp as a razor!
negative:None at the moment
comment:One great piece of glass! Very sharp center to border at all apertures. At 1.4 the bokeh is unbelievable - better than the 28-70 or 100 F2. IMO it's sharper than the 28-70 but maybe not the 100 F2.

It's a slightly heavy lens and filters will cost, but the heaviness works for me; balances well on A100. It is a G after all. This lens is expensive, even used, but the rewards outweigh the price.

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
Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania