Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by radi9red
|radi9red#5954 date: Sep-2-2009|
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|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 !!