Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by godsakes

reviewer#10127 date: Apr-19-2012
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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 90mm f2.8
price paid:
positive:Pleasant image
Colour & bokeh
negative:Slow and questionable AF accuracy
Restrictive MFD
comment:First impressions:

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.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 57
  • sharpness: 4.75
  • color: 4.79
  • build: 4.88
  • distortion: 4.95
  • flare control: 4.42
  • overall: 4.76
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