Excerpt: There is not much I can add to previous reviews raving about the dreamy bokeh, clarity and quality of this lens. I did spend some time debating the value vs the 85mm 1.8, but from the moment I unpackaged the lens and with the first few sessions, no regrets at all.If you are taking the time to read reviews of this lens, I would imagine you might be considering the 105mm or the 135mm DC alternatives for portrait work, as I was.
Stunning image quality. Out of this world. Amazing. I am running out of superlatives for this lens!
Jeanne Mitchell, Amazon
3 July 2014
Summary: Words simply cannot describe how much I love this lens. It is, simply, absolutely stunning. Forget what it costs. Forget the other "make do" lenses. Find a way to own this lens. Seriously, you NEED this lens.
Excerpt: I've had the 85mm f/1.4D for years and loved it but it had its shortcomings such as being soft at 1.4 and iffy focus at longer distances, but the f/1.4G makes up for all those. It is fast focusing, and sharp all over. It is the perfect "Classic" Portrait lens. Also, it is lighter than the D.
Excerpt: I've used this lens to take over a thousand photos now, and I feel like I can give it a fair review. Overall: this is a spectacular and highly capable lens with beautiful bokeh, usable sharpness wide open, and biting crystal clear images stopped down. It makes the most out of the D800E's sensor. But it does have a few drawbacks. I'll discuss those drawbacks first.
Pros: Beautiful bokeh, Durable, Easy To Use, Sharp At Max Aperture
Excerpt: This is a great lens with beautiful bokeh. I use it on a d800e and it never comes off the camera. Wide open sharpness is amazing and it gives beautiful shots. If you want to have a shallow depth of field that is useable for people this would be your lens.
Excerpt: This lens is as good as everyone says. It's tack sharp and the bokeh is magnificent. The backgrounds just melt away. Autofocus is very quiet. I have nothing else to add that hasn't already been said many times. I am very satisfied.
Pros: Big Honkin' Piece O Glass, Bokehlicious, Durable, Easy To Use, I Said Sharp, I Said Sharp Right, Sharp, Very sharp