Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by godsakes
|godsakes#10127 date: Apr-19-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Tamron 90mm f2.8|
Colour & bokeh
|negative:||Slow and questionable AF accuracy|
In absolute sharpness the tamron 90mm beats this lens with less CA, that doesn't surprise me too much but the tammy (with the AF limiter on) also seems to focus faster than the Minolta and all without the longer MFD. The worst aspect of this is you'd think slow AF will hopefully mean you'd at least get accurate AF as a trade off but this not the case, AF accuracy is in fact a bit of a lottery, not so bad outdoors, but can be frustrating indoors (you will lose shots due to mis/slow focusing).
There is both green and purple CA at wider apertures but it's thankfully well enough controlled so it only shows up on pixel peeping so functionally it's not a real issue.
Despite all it's downsides the minolta produces a very pleasant image it has the better bokeh & colours which adds up to being more than the sum of it's parts. As a people/portrait lens it does it's (narrow) job extremely well.