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

reviewer#6421 date: Nov-20-2009
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:CZ 135mm f1.8, Min 50mm f1.4, Min 100mm f2.8 & Tamron 70-210mm f2.8
price paid:$659
positive:Color and micro contrast with excellent bokeh and DOF
negative:None as I bought mine before the prices went sky high!
comment:I like this lens wide open and stopped down to f4 - 5.6. It has the most pleaseing micro contrast of any lens I have save the Zeiss 135mm f1.8. The color transitons from this lens make the subject look touchable as though they were really there. Unlike the Zeiss the look isn't as isolating and defined - the POP of the Zeiss lenses. Yes, the Minolta has pop but not Zeiss POP. The 85mm is the lens I go to when shooting the Ladies where I would go to the Minolta 100mm Macro for the guys (and the 135mm for just about anyone - period). This lens matches up quite well with the Zeiss when assembling photos in an album or on a DVD show. They compliment each other quite well.

I have not had the privilege of using the Zeiss 85mm so I can't do a comparison. However, until that time arrives, I am quite happy with the presentation of the Minolta.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 53
  • sharpness: 4.77
  • color: 4.81
  • build: 4.87
  • distortion: 4.98
  • flare control: 4.45
  • overall: 4.78
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