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

reviewer#9404 date: Sep-11-2011
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
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:Samyang 85 1.4
price paid:
Bokeh smoothness and transitions
Overall quality of images shot with this lens
negative:Veil hazing wide open
Longitudinal CA
AF hunting
comment:I replaced the samyang for this lens - and so far I don't regret the move. If you only shoot test charts, the samyang will be the better lens, optically speaking, until f2.8 (it is 20+ years younger in it conception) . The samyang is just more clinically sharp and better corrected at wide apertures.
However, portraits shot with the minolta are just more pleasing, the colors are better, bokeh transitions are smoother, pictures just have more 'pop', it is hard to quantify this...
AF can hunt at times, which is probably due to the dreamy f1.4 rendition of the lens, and it is not the fastest.
Overall, a great minolta classic, which can be had for much less than the RS and the D version, with, I suspect, very little optical difference.

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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