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

reviewer#5133 date: Apr-1-2009
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:Only the other CZ & Minolta 85's compare.
price paid:930 USD (new)
Solid Build
negative:Sometimes slow to focus
comment:Wide open, this lens gives a silky property to portraits. At these apertures the DOF is very narrow enabling the photographer to concentrate on the subject and virtually ignore the setting. It becomes extremely sharp at higher apertures the DOF increases substantially and it's close focusing ability actually exceeds the ability of some of the non 1:1 macros. The light conductivity of this lens is incredible. It makes a darkly lit room appear sunny. The bokeh is dead accurate. This lens can be slow to focus but since it's designed to be a portrait lens, this is not an issue.

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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