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
MOD Mike Cialowicz Regular Member • Posts: 237
Re: I think there may be a problem with your copy.

tektrader wrote:

BTW, the lens was well packed and both inner or outter cartons had no damage visible. Sure didnt look abused in transport.

Lenses can come from the factory with defects. Or, a severe bump during transport may create no visible damage, but it could very slightly displace one of the inner elements if they were not fastened properly to begin with. Even a very slightly misaligned element could cause serious issues.

I would stop it do various apertures like f/1.8, f/2.8, and f/4... then shoot something like a flat brick wall. All four image quadrants should be of equal sharpness in each image. If they're not, then you've got a bad lens.

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