Nikon 85mm f1.8g vs Rokinon 85mm f1.4

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Nikon 85mm f1.8g vs Rokinon 85mm f1.4
Jul 19, 2012

I am trying to decide between the new Nikon 85mm f1.8g and the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 lenses on a D5100 or D300 for application to non-studio handheld portraiture work. The tradeoff seems to be f1.4 vs f1.8 and manual vs auto focus. While I would prefer opening to f1.4, I am concerned that I might lose shots due to the extra time involved in manually focusing. For this application, how significant is the difference between f1.4 and f1.8? What think ye in this matter?

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