Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G D A-mount lens review by JamesAlpha850

reviewer#9503 date: Oct-15-2011
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM
Minolta 35mm G Original f/1.4
Sony 50 f/1.4
Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Minolta 28-70 G f/2.8
price paid:$800.00
positive:Knock-me-out color
Tonal values, great shadows
Creamy ethereal bokeh
Sharp wide open @ f/1.4, even sharper beyond
Top competitor in class
Stunning 3D images
negative:Rare
Commands high price/ also value
comment:On a par with the quality of my 35mm G Original, but easier to compose. I find its portrait images to be stunningly 3D with lush OOF at my command. The balance of the lens on the A850 is perfect for working around a subject, much less wrist fatigue as compared to sessions with the 28-70mm G. My investment in the 35mm and 85mm Minolta G glass was a huge step. I recommend adding the Minolta AF 85 f/1.4 GD to any A mount photographer who is looking for a serious portrait/art lens. The search may be difficult, but well worth it. The colors are absolutely breathtaking.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 42
  • sharpness: 4.89
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.86
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.62
  • overall: 4.87
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