135/2 DC and 85/1.4 bokeh

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135/2 DC and 85/1.4 bokeh
Jan 23, 2012

Hi guys, I'm relatively new to Nikon but have been using the 24-70/2.8 and 70-200mkI for indoor studio and outdoor portrait work, and love them.

Like many others, I'm looking at both the 135/2 DC and 85/1.4 for more controlled scenarios outdoors.

I haven't been able to find comparisons of the bokeh between the 135/2 DC and 85/1.4 at similar portrait length magnifications (i.e. both at half body). Can anyone point me to some links or comparisons, or chime in with their experiences?

In my experience the compression effect of the longer focal length affects bokeh more positively than simply 1 stop faster with a shorter lense (at similar magnifications). Combined with the defocus control, I'm really leaning toward the 135/2 DC if specifically looking at bokeh only.


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