Nikon 105mm macro vs. 85mm 1.8/1.4

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Nikon 105mm macro vs. 85mm 1.8/1.4
Mar 19, 2012

My stated goal for lenses over the last six months has been to acquire:

1 mid-range zoom...check, got the 24-70
1 superwide zoom...pretty much decided on the 16-35 f/4 VR
1 standard prime...check, got the 50 1.8G
1 portrait/tele prime...was pretty much decided on the 85mm (1.8G or used 1.4D)

...but I hear the praises of the 105mm 2.8 macro as a kind of all-purpose short tele and wondered what people's opinions are. I like the fact that the 105mm could double as a macro lens (I was sad to let my 60mm 2.8G go - super amazing lens), however, I really would like to get quality shallow DOF for portraiture/artistic shots. Is the 105mm 2.8 comparable to the 85mm for portrait purposes? I like the idea of the 85mm 1.8G, especially if its close to the performance of the 50mm, but it definitely won't double as a macro. However, it's also much cheaper.

Your thoughts?

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