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

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
RBFresno
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Cell phones Rule! (Great for thin DOF and high ISO images ?)
In reply to MisterHairy, May 24, 2013

MisterHairy wrote:

Difficult to say, with postage stamp sized images, RB, but I suspect that my cell 'phone wouldn't be too far behind the majority of those at these sizes.

I wonder how much better these shots would be with the 85 1.8 G......

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF AF
1/200s f/1.4 at 85.0mm iso5000

View: original size

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF AF
1/100s f/1.4 at 85.0mm iso3200

View: original size

Nikon D50 ,Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF AF ,Kenko extension tubes
1/30s f/1.4 at 85.0mm

View: original size

Nikon D3 ,Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF AF
1/125s f/1.4 at 85.0mm iso3200

View: original size

With the better high ISO capabilities of the D800, over the cameras listed by your images, I could even afford to stop the 1.8 down a little for a tad more DOF, as would likely benefit all but the shot of the tendril.

I disagree. I like the DOF on all of the above...but that's just me. Perhaps you like everything in sharp focus....

Would this cat be improved by increasing the DOF?

I suspect there are some who would say, "Yes", and others who would say, "No".

As far as I'm concerned, they're both right. ;-):

Could you show us some of your 85 f/1.8 shots that you think might benefit  from less DOF?

If you don't have any, then that might explain why you don't care for the 85 1.4. But your particular preference  wouldn't explain why others might strongly favor having the 1.4 over the 1.8.

The 1.8G is most certainly sharper than the 1.4D too, which would not hurt.

I suspect that my cell 'phone wouldn't be too far behind the majority of those at these sizes.

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Really.....

How does your cell phone do at exposures requiring ISO 5000 and f/1.4?

And how is your cell phone at obtaining a thin DOF?

How much sharper is the 85 1.8 at f/1.4 and f/1.6?

Do you think that all images are made better by being taken with lenses that are sharper?

If so, you might want something other than the 85 1.8 :

Nikon D3 ,Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF
1/320s f/8.0 at 100.0mm iso1600

If this "postage stamp  size image"  is too difficult to assess, here is a crop where the airborne pollen particles in the upper left corner can be counted.:

In any event, I am intrigued by your knowledge, and would love to see examples of your work!

Thanks!

RB

(I'm in the middle of a lunch break from a hassled workday, so excuse my lack of tact and usually restrained cynicism!)

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