Excerpt: This is a great lens for the price. The colors that are produced and the overall picture quality is just simply amazing. I switched from shooting autofocus L series lenses and I have not regretted it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: You just can't go wrong with Zeiss optics. Some people bring up the fact that it is heavy. It is. When I switch from one of my other lenses to this lens, I know I'm in business. It is perfection.
Excerpt: This is my fifth Zeiss ZE lens. My set includes the 18, 25, 35, 50 and now the 85. All are used via a Metabones adapter on a Sony FS100, and sometimes on my NEX-7 and 5DII. I prefer Zeiss lenses over their Canon L equivalents because they are solid, sharp all the way, and have solid, firm focus...
Excerpt: This is probably as sharp as it gets. It is a wonderful lens. It is built to last at least 50 years. The best lens I've ever had so far. If you can get it buy it, in 20 years you will still be using it.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use a 1DX and wanted this for a portrait lens. I think 85mm is great for what I wanted and since I have bought and sold the Canon 1.2 twice so far, and since I love Zeiss, I wanted to try this one. I love the images. In my opinion, it is not a great lens to hand hold at SS slower than 1/100.
Summary: Love this lens. Zeiss makes such great glass. Everything about this lens gets me excited to shoot photos. I prefer it over the high end Canon L lenses, and the almost full radius manual focus ring allows for perfect critical focus.
Excerpt: I'm a working pro. I've owned and used this lens for about 2 years now, so I feel my opinion is in pretty good authority to speak about it. This is the only review I have ever left so I hope it sincerely helps somebody make an informed purchase.It comes down to auto focus.