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| p.1 #14 · Nikon 85mm 1.4d or Zeiss 85mm 1.4 |
Sean Hoffman wrote:
I owned the Samyang (Rokinon) 85 1.4. It was terrific, especially for the price (). Ultimately, I wasn't getting enough in-focus images using MF and sold it for the AF enabled Sigma 85. I am very happy with the switch and would caution you against jumping into MF on a lens with this little DOF unless you are prepared to deal with throwing a lot of your images away (at least with dynamic moving targets, like portrait subjects).
If you are set on trying it in MF, I'd consider the Samyang as a great way to test the waters without the financial commitment of the Zeiss.
True story. As much expensive and blue-bloodied the Zeiss can be, it's still a PITA of manual focus lenses, and that's very limiting. There's no other way putting it, it's a MF lenses and isn't getting away from that.
I have the 70-200 2.8 VR II for AF, but I grabbed a Samyang 85/1.4 to keep in the sack, should necessity arrives, or just play with itů it's very cheap too...
Picture quality is top notch, and even got multicoating on the newer lenses (chipped) is not bad at all. Build quality is awesome and on par with the best lenses, but uses plastic, not like I care.
You'll get a lot of missed shots, specially moving subjects, and on large apertures (f/2 and lower). I would avoid it.