Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 G RS A-mount lens review by Jay2x

reviewer#5919 date: Aug-26-2009
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:Sony 50/1.4
Tamron 17-50/2.8
70-210/4 beercan
price paid:650 eur
positive:Sharp
Beautiful bokeh
Nice weight
negative:I don't want to take it off my camera.
comment:This is one nice piece of glass, I can recommend it to anyone. Ever since buying a Dynax 5d and learning more about the Alpha camera system, this lens has been one of my 'wannahaves'.

I read the reviews of this one and the CZ85, also the comparisons, and expected it to behave like the Sony 50/1.4 I once had; only really useful from f/2 onward. I was surprised. Even though it does have some CA at f/1.4, it is quite useable for dreamy shots and still contains surprising detail.

The bokeh is wonderful, better than the (magnificent) beercan's and 50/1.4. This leads me towards the use for this lens. What is it for?

Well, I like it most for portraiture, which is the sole purpose it was designed for. But... When a lens is this good, I always keep it on my A700 and try to use it for everything. Nature shots (although I wish it would focus closer), landscape shots, shots for pano's, street candids, architecture details, pictures of children at the school I work at for the website and our yearly school calendar... It shines in every department.

One can only imagine how great it would be on an A900 or A850...

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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