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Dang it, another lens to add to the collection. Was debating between this and the Sigma 56mm. Mad I missed out on the $340 sale from last month.
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Will this make a decent portrait lens on a Sony A6xxx body?
75mm x 1.5 crop = 112mm equivalent
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If I have the 28-75mm 2.8 Tamron, am I wasting money getting this?
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If I have the 28-75mm 2.8 Tamron, am I wasting money getting this?
How do you like the tamron?
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Excellent lens. I've had mine for about a month or 2. I wouldn't pass it up at this price. Great size, colors and sharpness are all excellent. I highly recommend.
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Will this make a decent portrait lens on a Sony A6xxx body?
75mm x 1.5 crop = 112mm equivalent
In my opinion 112mm is way too much for portraits. I highly recommend the Sigma 56mm f1.4 or the Sony 50mm f1.8 as far as APS-C lens options for portraits!
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If I have the 28-75mm 2.8 Tamron, am I wasting money getting this?
Depends, if your gonna go portait why not go 1.4...

Third party is now dedicated to Sony EF as DSLR is good as dead.
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If I have the 28-75mm 2.8 Tamron, am I wasting money getting this?
If you care for Portrait photography and need a better bokeh, then-No. You're not wasting money and you may want to consider it.
Otherwise, you are fine as is.

Your current Tamron 28-75 F2.8 is a very capable lens and in fact, if you have to carry only one lens with you, for most jobs, that is it.

This lens on pro side has:
- Good build.
- Lighter/smaller.
- One and a quarter F stop faster (An expensive merit).
- Sharp
- Overal nice bokeh

Cons:
- AF is not as fast as desired and does hunt a bit before final fixation.
- Has Chromatic aberration (Most if not all, portrait lens do suffer from CA, when fully open).
- Has glare/flair (Not really that bad) if pointed directly to the source of light.
- Not a great videographer choice (Slight sound of motor and annoying F stop change effect if used manually during videography (Won't be a concern if your primary use is Still photography).

And bottom line advise (I know, I know and I'm not you, so should not really point to this but just for the sake of it and you can at least have a word):
I would not go for it. Instead if I was seriously in need of a better background separation and bokeh, I would consider the sister Rokinon/Samyang lens, their 85mm F1.4 that is $200ish more but worth every penny of that additional price, especially compare to similar fast lenses s.a. Sigma's that is much much heavier and larger or Canon's that is 4 to 5 times the price of Rokinon 1.4
So my advise: "Be happy with what you have and if not enough, start to save for a bit more from same excellent company".
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Not to make a mistake and I'm in love with anything Samyang / Rokinon makes as I have an arsenel of their products and treasure them but I don't like this deal for two reasons:

1- Adorama appears a bit tricky to me. They seems to pay too much for advertisement recently and non of their deals are that hot or a true FP material. Honestly and at best, only a warm deal, as far as price goes.

2- If you seriously need a fast lens in this focal length range, you are far far better to go with Rokinon 85mm F1.4 that worths every additional penny over this lens, at least by a factor of x2 to x4
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If you care for Portrait photography and need a better bokeh, then-No. You're not wasting money and you may want to consider it.
Otherwise, you are fine as is.

Your current Tamron 28-75 F2.8 is a very capable lens and in fact, if you have to carry only one lens with you, for most jobs, that is it.

This lens on pro side has:
- Good build.
- Lighter/smaller.
- One and a quarter F stop faster (An expensive merit).
- Sharp
- Overal nice bokeh

Cons:
- AF is not as fast as desired and does hunt a bit before final fixation.
- Has Chromatic aberration (Most if not all, portrait lens do suffer from CA, when fully open).
- Has glare/flair (Not really that bad) if pointed directly to the source of light.
- Not a great videographer choice (Slight sound of motor and annoying F stop change effect if used manually during videography (Won't be a concern if your primary use is Still photography).

And bottom line advise (I know, I know and I'm not you, so should not really point to this but just for the sake of it and you can at least have a word):
I would not go for it. Instead if I was seriously in need of a better background separation and bokeh, I would consider the sister Rokinon/Samyang lens, their 85mm F1.4 that is $200ish more but worth every penny of that additional price, especially compare to similar fast lenses s.a. Sigma's that is much much heavier and larger or Canon's that is 4 to 5 times the price of Rokinon 1.4
So my advise: "Be happy with what you have and if not enough, start to save for a bit more from same excellent company".
Thank you so much for the in depth reply! really appreciate it. One question tho, I am still running with the a6500, wouldnt that 85mm turn into 115mm as someone said above? Should I get the sigma 50mm 1.4 instead?
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Short: Just get the Sony 85mm 1.8.

Long: I love the value offered by Rokinon, and currently own or have owned a bunch of Rokinon/Samyang lenses for my A7iii (18 2.8, 35 1.4, 45 1.8, 50 1.4 - sold). 75mm is an interesting FL, but too close to the amazing Sony 85 1.8, which I also own. When it goes on sale, it's not significantly more expensive than the Rokinon (in terms of $, not %). The Sony has amazing AF speed and sharpness. It is one of the few Sony lenses that offers an exceptional price to performance ratio. It is so good that I sold it, regretted it, and rebought it. I don't use this FL a lot, but when I do, the Sony never disappoints. Also keep in mind that shooting at 75/85 mm wide open really stresses AF performance and accuracy, and that is one area where Rokinon can't touch most good Sony lenses. The only third party lens that I own that can compete with the best Sony lenses in terms of AF performance and sometimes even beat them is the Tamron 28-75.
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Quote from Cam2020
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If you care for Portrait photography and need a better bokeh, then-No. You're not wasting money and you may want to consider it.
Otherwise, you are fine as is.

Your current Tamron 28-75 F2.8 is a very capable lens and in fact, if you have to carry only one lens with you, for most jobs, that is it.

This lens on pro side has:
- Good build.
- Lighter/smaller.
- One and a quarter F stop faster (An expensive merit).
- Sharp
- Overal nice bokeh

Cons:
- AF is not as fast as desired and does hunt a bit before final fixation.
- Has Chromatic aberration (Most if not all, portrait lens do suffer from CA, when fully open).
- Has glare/flair (Not really that bad) if pointed directly to the source of light.
- Not a great videographer choice (Slight sound of motor and annoying F stop change effect if used manually during videography (Won't be a concern if your primary use is Still photography).

And bottom line advise (I know, I know and I'm not you, so should not really point to this but just for the sake of it and you can at least have a word):
I would not go for it. Instead if I was seriously in need of a better background separation and bokeh, I would consider the sister Rokinon/Samyang lens, their 85mm F1.4 that is $200ish more but worth every penny of that additional price, especially compare to similar fast lenses s.a. Sigma's that is much much heavier and larger or Canon's that is 4 to 5 times the price of Rokinon 1.4
So my advise: "Be happy with what you have and if not enough, start to save for a bit more from same excellent company".
I agree. Not just for a tamron owner. A 75 mm 1.8 is just not worth it when the Sony 85mm 1.8 is such a great lens for not much more. If you want bokeh, go for the Robinson 1.4 at the cost of worse af.

I don't see a huge use case for this lens.
Maybe if size/weight is a very important factor and you are rounding out your prime trio of Samyang 45 and 24 with this?

I have the Samyang 50 1.4 and 35 2.8. They are my most used lenses.
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How do you like the tamron?
It's great, super light weight (if you dont mind the plastic feel that is), fast AF, my all time fav all in one (takes over my other tamron 18-400 lol) the only bad thing is the lack of lock button and zoom ring and the focus ring is switched for the normal trend
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I agree. Not just for a tamron owner. A 75 mm 1.8 is just not worth it when the Sony 85mm 1.8 is such a great lens for not much more. If you want bokeh, go for the Robinson 1.4 at the cost of worse af.

I don't see a huge use case for this lens.
Maybe if size/weight is a very important factor and you are rounding out your prime trio of Samyang 45 and 24 with this?

I have the Samyang 50 1.4 and 35 2.8. They are my most used lenses.
I dont know, sony 85 is almost twice the cost as this (not sure what "not much more" is for you but 270$ is nothing to sneeze at especially when the Sony is never on sale), and the previously mentioned Rokinon 85 and samyang 50 are all manual lenses. I think this is lens falls right in the middle of price vs function vs performance.
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