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

reviewer#5181 date: Apr-7-2009
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:
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price paid:
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positive:stunning bokeh effects!!! sharpness, vibrant colors, super clarity.
negative:AF speed a bit slower than CZ 85mm f1.4 (not an issue for portraits when subjects don't speed around)
comment:This lens is truely amazing, it seems to produce a "3D feeling" punch effect of the subjects whereas those from CZ ones looked a bit flat.

Bokeh effect is better and more "dreamy" than CZ ones, colors tend to be richer than CZ ones.

Images from CZ are sharper than Minolta ones only when they are being looked closer.

Another good thing is no flash is required under decent indoor lighting, u may get the "D" version if u used flash very often.

This lens is highly recommended, its quality is worth every cent, defintely a great lens for portrait lovers.

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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