85mm redundant with a 70-200mm?

Started Feb 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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85mm redundant with a 70-200mm?
Feb 22, 2013

Considering the price drops of Nikkor lenses until 3/2/13, I have been seriously considering picking up the 85mm 1.8f (or 1.4 more on that later in post).

My question, is it redundant to have both the 85mm prime if I already have the 70-200mm 2.8? The reason for the 85mm is based on the size, weight, and low light capability.

I think it's a no brainer, especially since the 1.8 version is priced at $400 USD.  Is the 1.4 truly worth the extra $1000 USD? Can someone tell me how they justified the extra cost of the 1.4 over the 1.8; how much improvement will one see of a 1.4 vs. 1.8?  Considering the build quality, will the 1.4 be better long term (longer then 10+ years)?

I have a FX body and do not mind increasing ISO if needed. Thanks for the help in advance!

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