Summary: Very sharp and fast lens. Only issue is the bokeh quality; it is not the best, but not bad enough to turn away from this lens. For me, it stays on my camera most of the time, and I use it for most of my photography.
Excerpt: I rented this lens, because a shoot came up and I needed some superior images. I wasn't sold on all the type of the Zeiss lenses. I was have severe buyers remorse for buying my A65, as the images just haven't lived up to my expectations, and was seriously considering trading it in on a Canon. I got this lens and tested it out and the image quality, just screwing around was astounding, Great contrast, superior colors, ultra clear images with incredible detail.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Incredible images, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Crisp clean and sharp. Great lens for all around photography. Very heavy at about 2lbs. Makes you feel like a pro. Easy to use MF as well. Color is a bit different than what previews on the screen.
Summary: Bb monster lens,I got this lens for my slt- a58, so far I'm very impressed,the sharpness is very comparable or even better to my prime lens,I do recommend this lens,btw the lens is big and very heavy,like 1 kg.get this lens and enjoy ...
After a single 5 minute test... I love it but will need more time obviously.
2 July 2014
Summary: I've only taken one picture and video to check out the lens and I am pleased with the results. Can't wait to test in over the next to days on my gigs. Video: http://youtu.be/1uZCX7HTd8s Image: https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/t31.0-8/s960x960/10499564_10203822442459629_6457722849681031263_o.jpg