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

reviewer#45605 date: Oct-23-2020
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
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; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Mino 100 f/2,
Mino 100 f/2,8(D) macro,
Sony 50 f/1.4,
Sony 35 f/1.4G,
Sony 70-200G,
Sony 70-400G
Minolta 28-75 f/2.8(D)
Mino 28 f/2
Minolta 35-70f/4, and many others.
price paid:750 USD
positive:"The" portrait lens of all the A-mount lenses I've used.
negative:Not good for small rooms,
More than average CA in out of focus areas in harsh contrast backgrounds (normal for this type of lens).
comment:From an older A-mounter (I do use E-mount for a small travel kit) who continues to be satisfied with this system.
I bought this lens in 2013 from a fellow Dyxum member.
This lens serves one purpose, to photograph people. Of all the other lenses I've used for portrait photography I overwhelmingly and consistently get the best results from this lens. Whoever engineered this lens I'm sure had portraiture as being the most important reason for this gem.
It's plenty sharp at f/1.4 to 2.8 for eyes yet the skin does not reveal as many imperfections as with the newer lenses that have more micro contrast. It's the perfect balance.
Get your metering and WB right and in natural light the skin tones are as near perfect as you could ever want.
It's a lens made for photographing people and it excels at it.
There are times that the other lenses are the better option for a number of reasons such as limited room size or distance from subject selection or choice of background inclusion where a wider lens is preferred. But for portraiture, when this lens can be used it gets used.

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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