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A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4

22 December 2009
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

We are going to end our summary with a simplified score – we awarded 2 points for every victory in a given category and 1 point for a draw. Please, do not pay too much attention to this score because we do it mainly for fun, and it’s far from real assessment of the possibilities of both lenses. Taking into account the fact that the Minolta didn’t win any category and had only three draws (build, distortion and vignetting) the new Sony/Zeiss lens clearly wins this duel 13:3.

It seems to me, though, that the score doesn’t reflect the real differences because Sony’s wins in particular categories, although often obvious, are far from significant advantage. That’s why you can say that the performance distance between those two lenses matches more or less their price difference. If you don’t like compromising , you can buy the Sony/Zeiss. If you want to save about 400 $ you should get interested in the Minolta - a lens which is a bit optically worse than the Zeiss but is also able to produce good quality shots and be a great fun to work with.


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A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 12.76 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/4000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 13.34 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.77 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.17 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 13.68 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.5, exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 12.45 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.07 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/3200 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.17 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 13.94 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.94 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/800 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 14.06 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/1250 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 15.1 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 14.25 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.53 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 11.76 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 15.24 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 sec., ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 10.53 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 15.59 MB
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
A history of Sony Alpha - Minolta AF 85 mm f/1.4 G D versus Sony Zeiss Planar T* 85 mm f/1.4 - Summary
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 15.7 MB
Camera: Sony A850
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 sec., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048 x 4032 pix, 4.74 MB




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