Minolta 85mm 1.4 bokeh, you got some?

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Minolta 85mm 1.4 bokeh, you got some?
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Show me why I would buy the Minolta 85mm 1.4. I want to see your best portraits. Bring it!

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Not Portraits But Might Help: Minolta 85mm 1.4 bokeh, you got some?
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Gee, I sold my Minolta 85mm f/1.4.  It was a fine lens and produces beautiful images with nice bokeh.  I just wanted to reduce my lens inventory because many weren't being used.

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Nice. I am thinking about getting one.

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Another lens to consider is the Minolta 100mm f/2.0 (I like this lens better than the 85mm f/1.4).

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I didn't think about that. Thanks.....

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Funny you should mention this. I have one of these lenses, the original version I bought off of eBay. I recently gave it a thorough workout doing portraits of beauty pageant contestants in Fontana, CA. You can check out my results here:

http://cthompson.zenfolio.com/fontana14

224 images. Camera used: Sony a700

90% of these were using the Minolta 85/1.4, the other 10% were using the Minolta 28-135/4-4.5. You can inspect the EXIF of each photo to make sure which are the 85's by expanding it and click the little Info icon in the upper right of the photo. I did not stop below f/3.2. Mostly tried to keep I around f/3.5, with occasional higher stops. Even at the higher stops I got great bokeh.

My opinion of the bokeh? Outstanding! Very intoxicating.

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Thanks how well does it focus? Does it hunt? Is it noisy?

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cosmonaut wrote:

Thanks how well does it focus? Does it hunt? Is it noisy?

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It hunts in low light for sure on my a700. But on my a580 it is much snappier. I credit that to the superior focusing function of the a580. Noisy? Well, it's typical vintage Minolta glass, so somewhat noisy in comparison to modern day lenses. I spent less than half the cost of the modern Zeiss version on this lens - and it is worth every penny. Some say it might even produce nicer results than the Zeiss version. I might agree to that.

If only I had an a900, I could knock these 85/1.4 portraits out of the park! One thing I am learning however, is that if you are doing head shots at 85mm you should keep the face at about 35% of the frame to get optimum results. The shots were the girls' faces are 50% or more of the frame look too puffy to me. In other words, 85mm is not that good for tight head shots. Better suited for head & shoulders.

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clarkt wrote:

Funny you should mention this. I have one of these lenses, the original version I bought off of eBay. I recently gave it a thorough workout doing portraits of beauty pageant contestants in Fontana, CA. You can check out my results here:

http://cthompson.zenfolio.com/fontana14

224 images. Camera used: Sony a700

90% of these were using the Minolta 85/1.4, the other 10% were using the Minolta 28-135/4-4.5. You can inspect the EXIF of each photo to make sure which are the 85's by expanding it and click the little Info icon in the upper right of the photo. I did not stop below f/3.2. Mostly tried to keep I around f/3.5, with occasional higher stops. Even at the higher stops I got great bokeh.

My opinion of the bokeh? Outstanding! Very intoxicating.

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Ouch... I apologize but I have never been so shocked looking at pictures of girls. There is something wrong with these pictures. Is it the girls or the lens or is it...you?

Edit: I read your second post and found the reason:

"The shots were the girls' faces are 50% or more of the frame look too puffy to me. In other words, 85mm is not that good for tight head shots. Better suited for head & shoulders."

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enemjii wrote:

clarkt wrote:

Funny you should mention this. I have one of these lenses, the original version I bought off of eBay. I recently gave it a thorough workout doing portraits of beauty pageant contestants in Fontana, CA. You can check out my results here:

http://cthompson.zenfolio.com/fontana14

224 images. Camera used: Sony a700

90% of these were using the Minolta 85/1.4, the other 10% were using the Minolta 28-135/4-4.5. You can inspect the EXIF of each photo to make sure which are the 85's by expanding it and click the little Info icon in the upper right of the photo. I did not stop below f/3.2. Mostly tried to keep I around f/3.5, with occasional higher stops. Even at the higher stops I got great bokeh.

My opinion of the bokeh? Outstanding! Very intoxicating.

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Ouch... I apologize but I have never been so shocked looking at pictures of girls. There is something wrong with these pictures. Is it the girls or the lens or is it...you?

Edit: I read your second post and found the reason:

"The shots were the girls' faces are 50% or more of the frame look too puffy to me. In other words, 85mm is not that good for tight head shots. Better suited for head & shoulders."

Yes, I admit it. There is something wrong with them. Distortion of the face when I got too close. But the bokeh is good. Also, it was very overcast on that day so everybody looks pale.

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In reply to cosmonaut, 4 months ago

Here are some shot with old version of Minolta 85. First one shows probably some missed focus plus purple fringing the lens is prone too, but nevertheless I personally like it. BTW you can see that photos 1 and 3 were shot wide open, quite unnecessarily.

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I got some...
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... but these might not be exactly what you had in mind:

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Shot wide open with a900 and Minolta 85 1.4

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Beautiful! This is why I want an 85 F1.4 too! Excellent portrait, sharp at F1.4 and beautiful bokeh.

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cosmonaut wrote:

Nice. I am thinking about getting one.

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Very convincing.

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http://cthompson.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v71/p1350364364-4.jpg

If you like that soft, dreamy look this lens is great.

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Sharp where it needs to be, soft where it ought to be... what's not to love?

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Thanks everyone for the great photos and advise.

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Here's one - I love this lens!

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