Excerpt: Despite this lens doesn't have automatic aperture (for those using it on a digital body) I have given it a 10 for handling due to the fact that it's diminutive size combined with light weight and the buttery-smooth focus ring makes the handling exquisite and for me I like to use it on 2.8 due to the great bokeh for portraiture, so I havn't really missed the "A"-setting.
Pros: Small, light, well built, sharp, nice bokeh, cheap
Cons: Purple fringing at full aperture against the light, a bit long for portraits on digital camera
Excerpt: I own this lens for more than 3 years now and it is still my favourite one. It is build like a tank, fun to use. I love the imagy quality and the colours of this lens. If you have the chance do not hesitate to buy a copy. I think it is a bit underestimated beside the 85mm f2 but it is almost as good, but for a much better price.
Excerpt: I bought this lens used with my K2000 back in 2009 and it's been my favorite since then. I've used it on many occasions, but mainly for portraits. The color and sharpness I manage to get out of it nearly every time I use it blow me away. Without a doubt it produces the finest images I've made with my limited experience. I just barely upgraded to the K3 and can't wait to try it out on that.
Excerpt: I got this cheap because the original owner had engraved his name and phone number on the barrel. Well, I won't be selling it, so the engraving is just an historical artifact. This manual focus lens picks up lock immediately and I DO NOT have to bracket focus as I do on my A135/2.8. Because of the quick focus, I think it is as fast on stationary subjects as any auto focus lens. The colors and contrast are special and the focal length is very useful for me.
Pros: Easy to focus, sharp, great color and contrast, nicely built
Cons: Hood is too short so CA is a minor problem in high contrast
Excerpt: This is the lens. It is the lens I think about when using a different lens. It is the one that I never forget to pack. It is the one that I have a hard time taking off of my camera. This is the lens that I can't imagine why I would ever see it listed here on the Marketplace. The bokeh is extremely smooth and rendered like an oil painting.