If you already have the 85 1.4D would you trade 'down' for the 1.8G + cash for other lenses?

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Re: If you already have the 85 1.4D would you trade 'down' for the 1.8G + cash for other lenses?
In reply to amagbanua, Apr 2, 2013

amagbanua wrote:

I use my 85mm 1.4D mostly for portraits and my son's baseball games.  My exifs show I'm mostly in the F2 on up aperture range.  The 1.8G looks to be sharper than the 1.4D.  Seeing that the 85mm 1.4D still commands a decent price, would I be giving up much other than aperture for trading in for the 1.8G?  Thanks in advance!

BTW, the lens is being used on a D700/800E

Nope, I value the bokeh more than sharpness on 85mm f1.4D shot wide open for subject isolation over the  85mm f1.8G. Besides a losing afantastic bokeh rendered on 9 blade aperature vs. 7 on the f1.8G, you also lose pro build quality and dust & weather proofing.

I'm going in the other direction and upgrading to the nikkor 85mm f1.4G. 

Increasing vision is increasingly expensive. – R. A. Janek (actually Michael Crichton)

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