I'm looking to buy a 85mm portrait lens for for my D7000. My budget is around $300-400.
I've currently shortlisted the following two lens:
- Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
- Samyang AE 85mm f/1.4 (the one with the AE and focus confirm chip)
The Nikon is a tried and tested lens in this regard and there's a rebate ongoing in which its available for $396. However, the Samyang is still cheaper ($329), has a larger max. aperture (f/1.4) and supposedly produces excellent bokeh. The biggest drawback of the Samyang is that its manual focus only. Does anybody have any experience in using this lens? How sharp is it wide open, and how difficult is it to manually focus it at at max aperture?
I'm a sucker for shallow DoF images. Would there be a significant difference in the amount of background blur between f/1.4 and f/1.8?
And in the end, which one would you recommend and why?