Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens not so hot.

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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nathantw Senior Member • Posts: 1,362
Re: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens not so hot.

ken6217 wrote:

Don't beat him up. I just received my 1.4g today. This is my first prime in like 25 years. I was about to post and ask why I cannot get a clear image at 1.4 on my camera and then I saw this thread.

I am not a pro, but I cant understand why I can't get a clear image at 1.4 on my D800E? At 1/2000 it certainly isn't camera shake. I'm just taking a picture of my son.

I am hugely disappointed. It could be operator error but I don't see how it could be. I take the same picture at 2.8 on my 24-70 and it is crystal clear.


When I received my 1.4G I too was a bit disappointed because I pointed my camera/lens at my coworker making sure I focused on his eyes and his nose was in focus. After a lot of trial and error I got the fine tuning right (+15). Now the pictures are really sharp. However, I still wasn't too thrilled with the lens until the past weekend when I finally got some really good shots of my wife. The pictures wide open are really nice.

I compared the lens with my 1.8AF and looked at the out of focus areas wide open and the difference was so minute that I recommended the 1.8G to my friend instead of the 1.4G.

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