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Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8
4 0 379
Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/3
4 0 324
Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/6
4 0 356
Opteka 85mm f/1.8 @ f/10
4 0 379
Owner reviews: Opteka 85 mm f/ 1.8 Aspherical
First and foremost, image quality on my copy was very good. It's quite sharp and contrasty, and color rendition is pretty good. I pixel-peeped the test images I shot, and there is essentially zero color fringing (green or purple), which is an improvement over the much more expensive Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM.
Overall exterior build quality is quite nice, with metal lens barrel and 100% metal mount and metal aperture ring. It feels a lot more like a lens from the 1970s than one made recently, weighing in at 380g (~13oz). Focus ring has a nice feel to it, and is some kind of rubber with ribbing for grip. I was not as happy with the focus ring or aperture ring performance, however, as I was with their look and feel (see below).
On my copy, the focus rings gets very stiff as it approaches minimum focusing distance in the last inch or so of travel. I assume this is bad QC on Opteka's part (or whoever actually manufactured it). It's sticky enough that is distracting and makes it hard, in some cases, to get focus dead-on.
Also on my copy, the aperture ring is *very* hard to turn. And I don't care for the aperture presets they've chosen: 1.8 > 2.5 > 3 > 3.8 > 4.5 > 6 > 10 > 22. There are more than two full stops between f/10 and f/22, and this lens doesn't allow any "in between" settings.
Despite the QC issues with my copy of this lens, I think the Opteka 85mm f/1.8 is a great value. Image quality is excellent, and it's built like a tank. You can't really do any better at the $100 price point for a short telephoto lens. While it's not quick to focus or fast in terms of dialing in exposure, it is a great choice for still life and head/shoulder portraiture.
Text was taken from my longer review on this lens.