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My Samyang 85mm is definitely sharper than my Nikon 85mm 1.8D when wide-open. I posted a quick-and-dirty sharpness comparison on another site, which you can see here:
The bokeh is also much nicer on the Samyang, as is the...
Yep, that's the store I used. I ordered it on March 28 (for £239!), and I left feedback for the seller (which I only do when the item arrives) on April 2nd, so the whole process, Poland to England, was pretty quick.
Still have my 85mm 1.8D... For now.
What the heck... Here are some more samples taken with a D700 and the Samyang 85mm in Clacton-on-Sea, England.
Some basic processing in Aperture (except the B/W shot), and resized by Flickr.
Loving this lens.
Great shots in this thread; probably my favorite type of photography. Here are some of mine.
On the Underground in London.
He's too cool for words, in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.
Some Parisians catching some afternoon relaxation during the lunch hour.
And one more from...
Sounds like a plan for you. You might want to check out this link first though:
It's a direct comparison between the Korean MF and the Nikon MF. A search on Google will also get you someone's test against the...
Yep. I'm pretty sure metering starts with D200 and goes up from there (no on D80s, D90s, etc.).
And yes Nute, 'cheap and good' is very good! I thought long and hard about the Nikon 85mm 1.4, but it just didn't make sense for me right now. Maybe someday. For a fraction of the cost (albeit with...
My new Samyang (what a name!) 85mm f/1.4 arrived yesterday. It's the same as the Vivitar/Polar/Sakar/Walimex, etc. lenses out there.
The build is quite nice; it feels much more solid than I imagined. Lens hood is a bit weak, but it's there. Here are just a couple quick grabs from around the...
My 85 1.8 is definitely better stopped-down compared to wide-open. As others have said, the bokeh is sometimes very nice, but can be distracting at other times. I just purchased a manual focus 85mm 1.4 lens that is very sharp wide open and that has better bokeh, but I'm keeping (for now) the 1.8...
I had both the Tokina 12-24 and the Sigma 10-20 with my D80/D300. They're both very nice, but I eventually settled on the Tokina. Great contrast, very sharp, good distortion. The CA is a bit worse than the Sigma, but that's easily addressed via software. That's my take.
I am so impressed with the combination of the D700 and the Tamron 28-75mm. This is a shot from yesterday at lunch, where there was really heavy back-lighting (as seen in the picture). I clearly should have used a flash-fill, but I didn't. With RAW processing in LR 2.3 and some simple CS4 work...
There's little question that the Tamron gets sharper as you move toward f/4, but here are two at 2.8 for those still uncertain. Both with D700 and slight processing (including some sharpening) in LR 2.3:
This one was no flash, bad indoor light; f/2.8, 1/160, ISO 800
Yeah, my UWA (the Tokina 12-24mm) was my favorite lens when I was DX; I sold it when I moved to the D700. There are some inexpensive options, like the Tamron 17-35mm that I picked up new for £149. It needs to be stopped down to make the corners sharp, but it's a great lens for the price. It...