Minolta AF 85mm f1.4 G Lens

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by mobullets1969, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. Has anyone used this lens before? If so, what is the optical quality of the
    mobullets1969, Nov 12, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    Yes. Very high.
    Magnus W, Nov 13, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    Search groups.yahoo.com group Minolta - in those archives there is endless
    praise of this lens.
    My fave recent comment:

    "I would be happy to just weld it to the camera"

    In the interests of balance, some contend the 100/2 is slightly better
    overall, but it is rarer and looks boring compared with the big hunky 85.
    Incidentally it doesn't have the circular aperture of the 85G either, but no
    one complains about its bokeh.

    Adam F
    Adam F, Nov 13, 2003
  4. Thanks for everyone's response. This will help me when I decide to purchase
    mobullets1969, Nov 13, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    This lens is on my "buy it if Minolta get there heads out of their arses
    and make a Maxxum-DSLR".

    I've seen projected images and they are very crisp, nice smooth oof.
    (actually I don't know if what I saw was G on non-G.)

    Alan Browne, Nov 13, 2003
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    Adam F Guest

    Same optical formula and coating anyway (newer ones add focus hold button,
    faster focussing, and eventually ADI compatibility)

    adam f
    Adam F, Nov 13, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    G or non G are suposed to be the same opticaly.

    I have the GD version and i really like its optical capabilities. I don't
    like its build quality.

    Projected images look amazing.

    Marko B., Nov 13, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    Faster focusing??
    The latest D version is not a fast focus lens. Probably AF faster with Dynax
    7 and 9 than some other bodies - just guessing about the 7 and 9 AF. On
    700si AF is not fast.

    Marko B., Nov 14, 2003
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    Ming Guest

    I got the Minolta AF 85mm f1.4. It is not G version but the glass is
    the same.

    The big aperture makes it extremely difficult to focus. Don't use f1.4 to
    take head to breast portrait, the depth of view is too narrow
    that makes almost every photo out of focus. You may use f4 instead.

    Ming, Nov 15, 2003
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    Leicaddict Guest

    Alan, for some reason a number of Manufactures have jumped all over this
    focal lenght, including Leica, Nikon, and Canon, and produced some
    incrediable glass. I can just image everyone back-engineering each others
    results. I would imagine Minolta's entry would be similar, and would produce
    stunning results.
    Right now, I couldn't live with the 85/f1.4 which I use as a general walking
    around lens.
    Leicaddict, Nov 15, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    Not faster focusing. All have the exact same number of revolutions of the
    AF coupler from minimum to maximum distance (with the possible exception of
    the Limited Edition 85/1.4, which is absurdly rare).

    For a very thorough summary of Minolta AF lenses in all incarnations, see
    Magnus W, Nov 20, 2003
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    Olaf Ulrich Guest

    What exactly is absurd about being
    rare for a 'Limited Edition' item?

    Olaf Ulrich, Nov 20, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    It's not only "rare", it has never been sold outside Japan, so it's so
    uncommon it's... well... absurd ;-)

    In comparison, the 7 "limited edition" and 9Ti were/are pretty easy to find
    if one is prepared to pay for them.
    Magnus W, Nov 20, 2003
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    Marko B. Guest

    It was possible to order 85 Linited from Japan.
    If i remember right the cost was $1.300.

    Marko B., Dec 5, 2003
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