Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by asiafish
|asiafish#10579 date: Oct-11-2012|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Minolta 100mm F2.8 Macro|
Sony 16-50 F2.8 SSM
Sony 18-55 (E Mount)
|price paid:||750 (2012)|
|positive:||Bokeh, color, build|
|negative:||Slow and noisy focus|
|comment:||This is my absolute favorite lens for my A77 camera. It is a delight for portraiture, but also really fun as a walkaround lens. No matter what I point it at, the 85mm at or near F1.4 makes it interesting.|
Bokeh is just creamilicious, the best I've ever experienced.
At F1.4 it is VERY difficult to find focus on anything that is moving or even on some stationary objects without a tripod (depth of field is THAT thin), but if you nail it, its sharp beyond all get-out. In fact, I would say that at normal portrait distances there is as much detail as resolved by the 100mm macro, but the narrower depth of field makes most parts of a subject appear a tad softer. By F2.8 it equals the 100 macro, likely on account of the increased depth of field.
This is ideal for portraits. Everyone I photograph is delighted with the results, which have a sort of 3D glow. I don't know much about optics, but I cannot imagine anything better than this for portraiture, except perhaps for the same lens on full frame.
I've had my A850 for about a month now and if I thought I liked this lens on APS-C, I ADORE it on full frame.