Excerpt: Optically I think this lens is good. However, I really don't like it when it comes to ergonomics. The focus ring will turn when focusing (it is not suppose to but this happens sometimes). The focusing motor is so noisy and vibrates. I feel like I am using a lens from the 90s.
Summary: The Good: It's a Zeiss lens with autofocus for Sony. Us Alpha shooters take this for granted, but having autofocus with Zeiss optics is a rare treat. The lens has a very nice look, feel, and weight to it. It feels more like a Carl Zeiss product and less like a Sony.
Summary: Extremely sharp. Some CA wide open but stopping down fixes that. Heavy. Built like a tank. Nice bokeh. Takes skill to use effectively because the depth of field is so shallow at wider apertures. It takes beautiful portraits and does well when an 85 mm zoom is appropriate.
Summary: I was all set to pull the trigger on a used Nikon 85 1.8 AF Nikkor, but of course, the one that I had been looking at on KEH just happened to sell before I could snag it myself. I had been researching this Rokinon lens as an alternative, and seeing that Amazon had a deal on the shipping, pulled the...
Summary: I bought this for use as a portrait lens and I have been very pleased. The aperture is controlled through the camera on the Nikon D3100. The lens has a nice feel and operates smoothly. Focusing is a bit of a challenge at low F-stops but that is to be expected.
Summary: From all the brands I shoot and all the lenses I have every shot with, this is by far the best image quality I have ever had. Rent it, borrow it, just look at picture other photographers have taken with this lens and decide for yourself.
Summary: I have the Rokinon version of this lens. It is great! I use it on a Nikon D700 and have compared it with the Nikon AF 85mm f/1.4 (which I had rented for a weekend to test) and I much prefer this lens to the Nikon.
Summary: Tack sharp lense. It takes some getting used to since its a manual focus lense. Having said that the collar to adjust the Focus is really nice. It has just enough friction to make tight focusing easier.
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.