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 trigger. I really liked the idea and challenge of going old school and focusing manually. I got the lens today and did some testing, and it performed as expected.
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. The chip in the lens allows the autofocus sensor to signal when it thinks the subject is in focus.
Summary: This lens is amazing for the price. My review is based on usage with a Nikon D7000. The Rokinon 85mm f1.4 produces wonderful creamy bokeh, and produces images that are fully saturated with color. Seriously, I am continually impressed and amazed at the color reproduction quality of this lens. It almost looks surreal. I am also impressed with the clarity of images produced wide open at f1.4, which combined with the focal length, is the main reason I purchased this lens.
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: Awesome lens for the money! Shoots just as well as the more expensive versions. If you take your time and make sure it's in focus this lens is great, nice Bokeh. I use this on a Nikon D7100 and straight out of the box it was tack sharp. Although it is manual focus I am able to adjust the f-stop in camera with the chip. The build quality is solid, except as others have stated the lens cap is a little loose, and does not allow the hood to be put on with cap in place.
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: 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.