Minolta AF 85mm F1.4 A-mount lens review by teejay
|teejay#9404 date: Sep-11-2011|
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|ownership:||I own this lens|
|compared to:||Samyang 85 1.4|
Bokeh smoothness and transitions
Overall quality of images shot with this lens
|negative:||Veil hazing wide open|
|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.