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 thread
marike6 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,088
Re: Nikon 85mm F1.8G I bought into the hype about how sharp it is.

DaSigmaGuy wrote:

tektrader wrote:

Well i finally got around to buying one after I sent back the Samyang.

Whats the deal wiith the CA ???   It also doesnt seem that sharp. I microfocus adjusted it today. Really its isnt that good.

Is my copy a dud? look at the photo and click look at it at 100%. The phot is a 60% crop, the focus point is the on the edge of the wood toward the right. Look at all the green CA on the left.................... and its red to the right (which was cropped off)

Is this lens a BAD copy ????????????

The Lens Align Ruler looks horrible, indistinct focus point at F1.8 and CA in both directions each side of the fuzzy focus point. I am really bummed by this.

Can someone post some 100% crops so I can see what their copy is like?

What you have now learned is that you should always do your own research before buying lenses and never simply buy into the hype.

Yes, research will tell you (see links below) that the Nikkor are about as good as it gets for portrait lenses.

I know its a bit late but I can tell you now that the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX has 30% less barrel distortion that the G, 20% less vignetting wide open than the G, its sharper wide open than the G, its actually sharper at f2 that the G is at f2.8!  And what's more, it costs about half the price!

The Sigma has poor corners relative to the Nikkors, so I'm not sure what all this talk about sharpness is.

I found these figures quickly and easily by simply comparing their test results on Photozone, where they were both tested on a FF D3X.

So should you sell the Nikon and get the Sigma instead so you can not only get a better lens but also save yourself about £600 in the process?...That's entirely up to you.

I'm surprised you even brought up Photozone as both the f1.4G and f1.8G Nikkors received "Highly Recommended" awards and the Sigma 85 1.4 did not.

Yes research is important as it will tell you that you couldn't possibly find two better lenses than the two Nikkors.

Sigma 85 1.4 Photozone test

Nikon 85 1.8G Photozone Test  (Highly Recommended)

Nikon 85 1.4G Photozone Test   (Highly Recommended)

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