Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by radi9red

reviewer#5954 date: Sep-2-2009
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.8
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 G lens
Contax - Carl zeiss MF 50mm f1.4
price paid:650USD (used)
positive:** Excellent for portraits**
** Superb sharpness **
** Dreamy creamy bokeh **

negative:** none ** to be frank
comment:If you're into portrait photography, this is the lens to go.
Previously , my gut feel is this is just another version of 50mm f1.4 that has a focal length of 85mm. Boy i was wrong ! they're really world apart in terms of quality and "image feel".

To sum it up , Minolta 50mm f1.4 and even my Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (i modified the contax mount to minolta mount) are out of league comparing to this lens. The depth of field control , contrast , bokeh, saturated colors are out of this world. The lens optical designs seems to render excellent 3D effect, creamy bokeh and classic minolta colours.

At f1.4 & f2 the sharp focal point + shallow depth of field and outstanding bokeh makes this lens an invaluable tool for portraiture photography !!

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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