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
Shotcents Veteran Member • Posts: 4,472
Re: Wait a Minute!!

tektrader wrote:

I returned the Samyang primarily because wide open it wasnt any better than the 70-200 at F2.8. It was a bit soft.

The Nikon 85 F1.8 has way way more CA than the Samyang which IMO has limited its use. This lens is SOFTER than the 70-200. I am after the crispness and microfocus from the Nikon 85 as I want to use it for stitched panoramas. Doesnt seem I will get it.

I think you're having trouble accepting the facts about this.

Your problem lies elsewhere, which I can easily show because I did a bokeh test earlier today and it happens to fit this discussion.

The 85mm 1.8G is slightly sharper than the 70-200 VRII. If yours is not then you have a camera/lens issue. All of my lenses are carefully AF tuned.

Here are four shots, all at 85mm, close to same settings using Tamron 70-300, 85mm 1.8G, 24-85vr, and the 70-200 VRII. Again, ALL at 85mm.

There is little sharpness difference, but the 85mm 1.8G is the leader by an ever-so-slight margin.

And just so there is NO DOUBT, the 85mm is just about as sharp at 1.8 as the Nikon 70-200 VRII is at 2.8.

I just clicked off the shot above, so the lighting has changed. But the sharpness of the 85mm 1.8G is extremely good, easily a match for my 70-200.

Sorry, but you have either a camera or lens problem or both.


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