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

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Shotcents Veteran Member • Posts: 4,472
1.8 won for me at any cost

The difference between the old D lenses was far more pronounced than with these new G models.

I had a clear preference for my 1.4D over the 1.8 version. But now, after working with both, I was shocked to come away preferring the 1.8G. It's slightly sharper and has a very accurate rendering that is better for the candids I shoot. I think it's the better street lens and perhaps the 1.4G is the superior studio lens.

Ignoring cost I like the 85mm 1.8G better on the D800, just as I preferred the 50mm 1.8G over the 1.4G version. On the other hand I kept the Sigma 50mm 1.4 as it's better than the Nikons.

You really can't go wrong with ANY of these lenses. Lens snobs want to dream that buying the more expensive lens will always assure better results. Keep dreaming.


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