Unusually heavy, the lens weighs about the same as Nikon's comparable 85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor ($1,025, street). Its bulk is due to the extra glass and all-metal construction -- even the flocking-lined sunshade is heavy metal. The barrel sports a satiny matte finish and finely ribbed focus and aperture rings. The extra-large focusing ring has a very smooth, slightly overdamped turning action, with an unusually long turning radius for very fine focusing. Aperture, depth-of-field, and focusing scales are well marked.