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

reviewer#9273 date: Jul-27-2011
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:CZ16-80, MAF70-210f:4, MAF50f:1.7
price paid:R$ 1200,00 (US$ 700)
positive:* OMG bokeh. Did I mention the OMG bokeh?
* Real Minolta colors
* Sharp wide open, razor sharp from f:2 onwards
* Full metal build
negative:* Weight
* Some diagonal CA wide open (but this is characteristic of this kind of lens)
* Slow AF
comment:This is probably the finest lens I have today. I searched for it for really long, and finally I've got to find one in Brazil for about the same price for the same price it costs abroad - if I imported one, it would cost twice what I've paid.

What is more to say about this lens? Its legendary combination of smooth bokeh, vibrant colors and astounding sharpness is already well known to everyone who owns it. It is helping me to rediscover the pleasures of photography, as the images it produces have a special feeling, a touch I can't get with no other lens I have. AF speed is not that fast, but that's not really an issue for me.

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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