Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
p m h
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Re: Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G
In reply to mitsosmitsou, Mar 30, 2013

Thanks for the super informative reply - really appreciate that. Especially the following part of your comment matched with my observation of pics (available on internet) taken with 1.4G.

" but I need to say that the D could take some more creamy

portraits because the oof corners of the image looked more messed than the G which lead

the eye towards the face more on D than the G. I also have the suspicion that the

transition from in-focus to oof (from eye to the ear zone) in the D is nicer and catches

the attention of the looker while on the G seems more clinical."

So based on your and others input i am deducing the following:

* one will be able to achieve better focus accuracy and reliability (thereby more keepers) than 1.4D as long as AF-C (and parhaps AF-On) is used. Focus speed is either equal or slightly slower than D.

* Sharpeness is better but can come with a cost (for the purpose of portraits). However, some of it can be mitigated using postprocessing (e.g., blurring the corners), while some of it cannot (transition from focus to out-of-focus)

* G is warmer, has more contrast. However it is possible to go back to D look (if needed) using postprocessing.

* The G handles backlight better which is great improvement over D.

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