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

reviewer#7320 date: Apr-21-2010
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.7
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:tamron 90/2.8
price paid:
focussing accuracy
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.

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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