Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens not so hot.

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cytokine Contributing Member • Posts: 688
Re: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens not so hot.

ken6217 wrote:

Cytokine wrote:

Firstly at 4 feet and f1.4 the depth of field (FX) is 5/8ths of an inch 15mm in metric. NOt for the inexperienced. Which is why pros love this lens and amateurs are moved to tears.


I understand that. I actually went to a DOF calculator after I took the images and saw how SHALLOW the DOF is at about the distance you are saying. With that said though, That shouldn't account for me focusing on the eye and the is is not sharp. At 4.5 it is very sharp though.

Maybe I got a bad copy.


Ken I went through this learning curve a few years ago with the 50mm 1.4D, and after a lot of blurred images I realised that if the camera moved a little bit and the subject moved a little bit, The DOF was gone!

With the D 85 1.4 I found that you really have to be spot on with the focussing, if your camera and lens are not aligned then you could just be going round in circles, I use f2 or f2.8 for flowers etc. If I shoot f1.4 I will shoot 3 stops down as well (just in case!) You also have to avoid shooting at angles if you can.

You could try another copy, but try some tripod tests first.

This is a hand held snap at 1.4 if I used a tripod it would probably be allot sharper.

But allot of people love soft portraits, (especially as we get older). Its nice to have the choice.


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