Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by whisperer

reviewer#11254 date: Jul-16-2013
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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:Tamron 28-75 2.8
Sony 70-300G
price paid:560 EUR (used)
Solid build
Great colors
negative:I personally don't like round lens hoods
comment:I was in doubt between this lens and the Sigma with USM for my A99, went for this one after reading the Dyxum reviews and I'm not disappointed.
Great lens, perfect for portraits. I was considering the 135 STF for the bokeh but the manual focus only put me off. This lens is amazing, it can back focus but the A99 has micro adjustment so no problem. Having tried focus peak with this lens in manual focus I realised it's nearly impossible to take candid portraits because people are always moving around.
All in all, perfect portrait lens! Even at f1.4 with that kind of glow (although it's very easy to get the eyes out of focus!)

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 50
  • sharpness: 4.80
  • color: 4.96
  • build: 4.92
  • distortion: 4.94
  • flare control: 4.60
  • overall: 4.84
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