Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G D A-mount lens review by lomitamike
|lomitamike#45605 date: Oct-23-2020|
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|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,
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.