Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by gillbod
|gillbod#7320 date: Apr-21-2010|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||tamron 90/2.8|
sharpness stopped down
sharpness wide open across centre
|negative:||purple fringing wide open|
slightly 'nervous' bokeh wide open, but nitpicking
|comment:||i've been nitpicking in my negative comments. it is a very very good lens. the purple fringing wide open is easily treated in post processing by dropping the saturation in the purples. the centre sharpness is already great at 1.4, but is sharp across the frame one or two stops down. the vignetting wide open shows in the shape of the out-of-focus highlights at the edge of the frame, and they can be slightly hard edged wide open, but still performing well for a lens wide-open, and very useable.|
stop down to f/2, and it becomes difficult to fault the lens in any way.
a great length on aps-c.
i won't give the lens a 5 on sharpness, because it's no apo-prime when shot wide open. i can see why people would crave the zeiss, but this is a very fine performer too.