Summary: 1. I like this lens and I will keep it on my Nikon D5200 after trying its brothers: Samyang and Bower 85mm f1.4 2. It is giving me beautiful head and shoulder pictures. 3. I am getting more than my expectations with this lens: price, sharpness and well build structure. THE ONLY THING that makes me uncomfortable with this lens is: the lens cap and the hood will fight each other as I put them into the lens.
Summary: I had this on my A99. I like the picture quality. Better than my Canon 85mm L lens. I hate the loud focusing noise, so annoying that I switch to manual focus. On top of that, the auto focus seems to be slow and not wanting to focus correctly. 5 stars if fix the issues. I have the Zeiss 50mm and it is almost soundless and auto focus is fast and good.
Summary: I would have given another half star, buy lens cap and the lens hood are too fantastically sorry. The quality of these two items are unbelievably poor. The lens itself seems to be satisfactory. I'll not recommend this lens to a novice shooter. In the hands of a pro it might be satisfactory for select duties. The lens is sharp however in my opinion the contrast and color leave something to be desired.
Summary: I bought this for the D5200, and I only have the Nikon 35mm and 50mm. This is hands down the best out of those three. I don't have the budget space to get the other lenses that are ranked above this one but it was ranked high on the dxo mark website for a reason. If you are just starting out like me, and you want at-least one really good lens in your kit, I would without hesitation consider this one of the first lenses you purchase.
Summary: I am glad to have his lens in my bag. I get beautiful, buttery bokeh with this. It is fairly easy to focus, though I had expected (probably naively) that the communications chip on this lens meant that it would autofocus. It does not do that. However, it does have the indicator in the viewfinder to inform you as to whether your focus is sharp and which direction to turn the focusing ring.
Summary: I use this lens on my Nikon D3200 and post my pictures on Flickr and, for this purpose, it delivers. Colors and sharpness are right up there with the best of them. The manual focus aid on the D3200 makes focus fast and easy. I would recommend this lens to any amateur photographer looking to save money and still maintain high image quality.
Great lens. I think it is going to be one of y favorite lens
Judy H. "Camera buff", Amazon
3 December 2013
Summary: Great lens. I'm adjusting to how to use it, but so far it is a fantastic lens. I expect to use it a lot! Pictures are sharp and background is just right! I think this will become one of my favorite lens for portraits.
stop trying to talk yourself in to dropping $1K+ on that Nikon or Sigma 85, and just buy this one.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
6 November 2013
Summary: I seriously can't recommend this lens enough. It's mostly replaced my 50mm f/1.8 for portrait and non-intimate event shooting. I thrust it in to the hands of every photog friend I have. As a budget shooter it doesn't get much better than this as far as bang for your buck. If you're a Nikon shooter, make sure to buy the AE one. It will meter on M and A on a D7000 as well as my old D80. This lens is super sharp and fast. It is manual though.