Nikon 85mm F1.8G I bought into the hype about how sharp it is. and " how its the best and sharpest"

Started Apr 7, 2013 | Discussions
Bruce Bracken
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Re: That loCA is normal.
In reply to wchutt, Apr 22, 2013

wchutt wrote:

One reason I don't plan to buy another Nikkor fast lens is their LoCA is more obvious than other fast lenses.

If I remember correctly NX2 minimizes the LoCA. So you have to buy the camera, lens and software to get the most out of the lens. This insults me. If Nikon wants to save money by designing a lens with higher than typical LoCA and also make money selling me software to fix it, well I'm done buying fast Nikon lenses.

BTW I know LoCA is inherent in fast lens design. What annoys me is Nikon's recent fast lenses have such a high level compared to other lenses.

I'm with you. I shoot as much video as I do stills for my day job, and picked up the 85/1.4g with the hopes of having a great lens for portraits/interviews, but after a few quick tests (both stills and video), I realized the CA is just too out of control and I had to send it back. Example here:
https://vimeo.com/60804610

While CA can somewhat be removed in post, the process can deteriorate other aspects of the image. And in video, it cannot be removed. So for my work, the 85/1.4g simply isn't a usable lens.

Sometimes one must look beyond the bokeh.

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nathantw
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Re: That loCA is normal.
In reply to Bruce Bracken, Apr 22, 2013

Bruce Bracken wrote:

I'm with you. I shoot as much video as I do stills for my day job, and picked up the 85/1.4g with the hopes of having a great lens for portraits/interviews, but after a few quick tests (both stills and video), I realized the CA is just too out of control and I had to send it back. Example here:
https://vimeo.com/60804610

Truthfully, watching your video, I didn't notice what you were saying until you pointed it out. I was under the impression that ALL fast lenses (f/1.4 and faster) suffer from CA.

I was watching the movie Oblivion and they used f/2 and wider in the people shots quite a bit. Not a bit of color fringing which I found impressive. However, in the movies Argo and Contagion they use fast lenses wide open and you could see color fringing in almost every shot. That's the nature of the beast apparently.

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