85mm f1.8 G said to be sharp wide-open but...

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85mm f1.8 G said to be sharp wide-open but...
3 months ago

..mine doesn't seem sharp wide-open. In fact mine seems positively soft.

Maybe someone could do a couple of equivalent shots of their own 'sharp' version.

(I started a thread on this subject in the fuji forums but realised that perhaps here is better; plus I was asked for a different test, using text. 85mm at about 1.5m)

Here's wide open (100% crop) :

85mm @1.8

Even f2.8 isn't so sharp :

85mm @2.8

Here's my 35mm f1.8 dx G which I had thought wasn't of such a reputation as the 85mm, but seems to be doing quite well in comparison :

35mm @1.8

My Fuji 60mm wide open at f2.4 seems to be doing what I had expected of the 85mm, even better than the 85mm at 2.8 :

fuji 60mm @2.4 X-Pro1

..that was without an AA filter, so to be fair (and using an adaptor) here's the nikon 85mm on the Fuji AA-free camera @2.8:

Nikon 85mm @2.8 on X-Pro1

And for completeness, the 85mm at 1.8 on the Fuji :

85mm @1.8 on X-Pro1

It would be great to see other 85/1.8 pics to compare, of the same kind (text at an angle). Maybe I should be sending this lens back.

At the very least, I'm surprised to see the 35mm beating the 85mm.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
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