This lens is great for portraits. It's fast (f/1.4) and has a good focal length for head and shoulder shots. Though it is manual focus, the focus ring moves smoothly, and it feels well made. Portraits come out quite well, with good contrast and nice color tones. Be aware that this is a big, heavy lens -- coupled with manual focus, it is not a lens I would personally use as an everyday "walkabout" lens. The only ding I have against it is that I have noticed some color fringing in high contrast shots. This can be fixed in PP however. Overall, I really enjoy using this lens and recommend it highly. It is tough to find a lens this fast and this good at this price point.
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