Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
primeshooter
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Re: Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G
In reply to p m h, Mar 28, 2013

p m h wrote:

I've been using a Nikon 85mm 1.4D for the past 3 years.  It produces great results, especially with D700.  However, it has 2 problems:

i) focus is slow.

ii) focus is not accurate enough with D800e which i currently use. AF-C does not work accurately even after fine tuning.

Now that we have only couple of days left for the nikon rebate program, I wonder whether i should pick up the newer 1.4G since I just have a new baby and it should increase my use of the 85mm.
From googling, it seems that newer 1.4G

i) has better sharpness which might be useful for D800e.

ii) autofocus is slower than 1.4D but accuracy is better.

However, at $1400, it is much more expensive than the old one and i am not sure whether it is worth the price gap.

Any comment from people who upgraded from the 1.4D to 1.4G would be useful.  Thanks!

ps: I am not planning to go for the 1.8G.  Sigma is another option which have fast AF, but I don't want to compromise with bokeh.

The problem you speak of will not get better with the G. It's an old Nikon lie (especially with the D800). It's inconsistency is NOTHING to do with a lens being D or G, believe me...

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