So I'm starting to look for a non-zoom lens around 85mm to 100mm or so, fast aperture, 1.4 to 1.8 or 2.0, because I like the depth of field slices and bokeh of longer range wide aperture lenses. To be used on a crop sensor. I have a 55-250mm lens, but it's just not nearly as sharp, and it's just not fast at all, so a lot of the fun experimental stuff cannot be done with it that I like to do. Mainly looking for something fun for portraits, outdoor shots of people, walk around type lens, really enjoy doing panoramas with wide open aperture for a really dramatic look.
Been looking at:
Canon EF 85mm 1.8 (AF)
Rokinon 85mm 1.4 (manual)
They're priced very similar, maybe $50 difference brand new on Amazon.
The Rokinon seems to be incredibly sharp, and I like the 1.4 aperture, but it's fully manual. Mean while the Canon is a nice sharp lens too, has AF, and stops at 1.8. For some reason I'm drawn to the Rokinon's sharpness and wide aperture. But I can't ignore the AF of the Canon. Losing that one stop doesn't seem like a big deal. But then again, it would be nice to have a wider aperture since I already have a 50mm 1.8.
Any thoughts on comparing the two? Or maybe a 3rd to consider? Sort of looking in this price range as this is a "for fun" lens, so $300ish is a great price point for the quality these lenses bang out.