Excerpt: I have a couple of Sony / Zeiss lenses, so I'm familiar with quality, etc of this line. I have the Zeiss 24-70 and the 85 1.4, in addition to the original Sony 70-200 2.8 G. This lens however blew me away. I had heard great things and always wanted to try. Managed to work it in as a rental on a recent photo shoot. Cut to the chase, now I own one. Beautiful colors, focus and detail is crazy. Was everything I hoped the 85 was when I bought that one.
Excerpt: My budget required I choose between upgrading my Sony SLT A65 camera or getting this lens. I chose the lens and I'm glad I did. Although I'm a novice at best, I've received good compliments on some of the photos I took at a recent basketball game from a family member. Low light situations with a medium reach are the two reasons I bought this lens and I am very satisfied so far.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction, Very good in low light
Excerpt: I compared this lens to the Sigma 85mm f 1.4 because I wanted to do some portraits for my family and use it for nature photography. When comaring them side by side the Sigma was excellent but the Zeiss was magic. I have used it for protraits with spectacular results.Even though the Zeiss was almost twice the cost of the Sigma I think it is worth it.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Hands down, my favorite lens! It is simply amazing, and I love the images on both the A99 and A77. This is my go-to lens for portraits, low-light settings, and action shots. Bokeh is outstanding. Also have the 85mm Zeiss, and the 135mm is by far superior. Brighter colors, crisper, sharper, than anything else I've seen for Sony. Generally regarded as the best lens that Sony makes, and I totally agree.