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

reviewer#5266 date: Apr-21-2009
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:Minolta 50 1.7, Sony 50 1.4, Sigma 105 2.8, CZ 16-80, 70-300G.
price paid:
positive:Tremendous color, sharp, great bokeh, exceptional build and handling.
negative:Poor minimum focusing distance and expensive. Slow to focus.
comment:Picked this up used off of ebay. Its a tremendous old lens. I love the all metal build and the handling of the old beast. The bokeh is quite good too and the color is excellent. It is slow to focus and the MFD is awful but this is my favorite lens i've ever played with and despite the fact that I haven't used it for that long has given me some of my favorite shots. It has been an awesome flash free companion to concerts and parties, etc and does some mean portraits.

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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