Excerpt: A great value for the price. Optically, its a big upgrade from the non D AF version of the same lens i previously had - especialy at wide apertures. The lightwieghtness is great, but somewhat scary.. I am concerened about the durability of this lens and its response to even small hits. Focusing is quite, fast and accurate. Lens diameter is a bit too large for my taste. overall a great lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast smooth focusing, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I primarily use this lens for portraits on full frame cameras. I find 85mm to be even more flattering than 50mm. It is sharp at 1.8 but you will have to stop down to really see some amazingly sharp images. When shooting at 1.8 i find that the autofocus has a little trouble, which is completely understandable at that shallow depth of field. I would not recommend this for street photography, but i would totally recommend anyone who has a willing subject.
Excerpt: This is sharp at 2.8-5.6. The AF is as fast and accurate as the 50mm 1.8g. It is pretty light. And for the price, you are getting a bargain. The bokeh are not terribly great. Not bad, but not great. It has seven diaphragm blades, not nine. So you can see that in the bokeh. Overall, you are getting 90% of what the 1.4 gives you, but at less than 1/3 the price.
Excerpt: In the few times I've used it, I've been very impressed with the quality of the images. Need to use it more, but the day job has kept me from photographing as much as I would like. I think it is a great lens for the money and I have yet to be in a situation where I wished that I had that 1.4.... Just saying. Only nit is that it will be a little slower to focus when there is a lot of movement going on (like say a bunch of squirmy kids : -)). But that doesn't happen often.
Excerpt: Very nice lens for the price. Useful focal length, bright and sharp. Has some noticeable CA wide open but goes away as you close down a couple of stops. Completely gone by f/4. Good portrait lens and short tele. Small, light - a pleasure to use.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh