Choice of 85mm lenses?

Started Jul 11, 2012 | Discussions thread
davexl Senior Member • Posts: 1,058
Re: Choice of 85mm lenses?

anotherMike wrote:

1a) 85/1.4G
1b) 85/1.8G

Explanation: if you need best F/1.8 and F/2 performance, get the 1.8G. If you shoot mostly closer in, and 2.8 - 8, the 1.4G, if at infinity for landscape usage at F/7.1 or so, the 1.8G. Hence I've rated them closely. You can't go wrong with either

I have seen your assertion that the 85 1.8G is slightly better at distance than the 1.4G a few times, and I am one intrigued little puppy.

Can you give us more as to how you arrived at that? (if anyone else but you had said that I would have dismissed it, but I very much respect your experience - you and Thom Hogan are the only two people I have bookmarked and try to read most posts)

In test chart comparisons (yeah, I know) I can see and agree with your comments about wide open performance, but based on photozone and digital picture etc, the 1.8G would have to improve a hell of a lot at near infinity from test chart range.

Based on my limited few weeks with the 85 1.4G on a D800E, I am wrapping my tiny brain around the thought that something could be any sharper at f4 through f11 at distance. Mine is gobsmacking, and I haven't even put it on a tripod yet.

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Things I have clicked with: Agfa 110, Minolta X-300, X700, Nikon F3, F4, Hassleblad 500C/M, 4x5", Sony F717, D70, D200, Canon 1Ds, II, D2x, D3, Canon 5D-II, D800E

 davexl's gear list:davexl's gear list
Nikon D810 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G +3 more
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