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
GregF Senior Member • Posts: 1,912
Sharp but not perfect

I am a bit dissapointed in the green/purple madness on OOF edges; it is very distracting in some of my people pics (how about green eyebrows but I have read up on it and understand it isn't uncommon.  What I also understand is- I believe my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS does a better job in this specific area wide open, than the 85mm 1.8G at f/2.8...Sigma seems to have done a stellar job at color aberration control with the newer lenses.  That almost means more to me than slightly better sharpness across the frame, as I typically am not using my 85 to shoot flat surfaces at f/1.8; I'm using it to isolate a subject somewhat away from the borders of the frame.

I can't see the 85 1.8G is any better in this respect than my old 50 1.8D, which was something I was really hoping had improved.

On the flip side, it does reasonably well at catching moving subjects in average light.  In good light it does admirably.

I think in conclusion for me- I value color aberration control as much, or more than absolute sharpness as the main measure of image quality.

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