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

reviewer#5138 date: Apr-2-2009
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:- Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G
- Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G D
- Sony Carl Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar T*
price paid:
positive:- Optic quality
- Well built
negative:- Old (1st gen. Minolta AF lens)
- Slow AF speed
- No ADI (probably not a big deal)
comment:Optically this lens is in the same league with the more modern 85 G and 85 G D lenses. Its build quality is top notch which is characteristic of a first generation Minolta AF lens. AF speed is a bit on the slow side but not a big problem shooting still portrait.

Only issue (potentially) is its age (many used copies must be 15+ or even 20+ years old). So watch out for fungus/scratches when searching in 2nd hand market.

The Sony Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 is sharper at large aperture setting (1.4-2) and better built with an all-metal construction (even the hood and focus ring are metal).

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 56
  • sharpness: 4.76
  • color: 4.80
  • build: 4.88
  • distortion: 4.96
  • flare control: 4.43
  • overall: 4.77
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