Dustin Abbott [Tested on Sony variant]
It is a bit of a throwback to a different era. It’s not just the “manual everything” ethos, as a number of modern lens makers employ the same approach. It’s more about the lens’ optical performance, which has a decidedly more “dreamy” feel than just about all the modern lenses I review.
Lens Tip [Tested on Fuji variant]
who was taken in enough to believe that a lens with just 5 elements, an aperture as fast as f/1.1, and costing just $180 will produce excellent images? Realists, who don’t believe in miracles, cannot be surprised by results presented in previous chapters and they won’t be disappointed. I count myself among them so the summary is going to be positive.
Sony Alpha Blog [Tested on Sony variant]
It is a specialized lens for portraits or details. It has a very good bokeh and nice color rendering and is capable of unique portraits thanks to its tiny depth of field. Although decent to very good results can be obtained in the centre, the lens lack consistent sharpness on the entire field (noticeable field curvature). At 170 euros , it is rather inexpensive.
[Tested on Sony variant]
It has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities [...]. At £126, there is little to lose.