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

Started May 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
joneil Regular Member • Posts: 177
Re: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens not so hot.

John Motts wrote:

You can get absolutely tack sharp results at 1.4. And I mean tack sharp - every eye lash razor sharp.

I think the problem most people have is using it hand held with AF-S. This means that even the tiniest change in distance will throw it out of focus because of the miniscule depth of field.

Using AF-C is the answer. Oh, and never use focus-recompose.

That is what I found on many lenses - AF-S takes away as much as it gives, at least in my limited experience.    One reason I have gone back to using manual focus primes.

I looked at both 85mm Nikkors, and ended up buying the Zeiss 85mm F1.4   I  never looked back.  Of course, I am using it on my D700, so your mileage may and will vary, but regardless of using AF-S or AF-C, I find more often than not, I "hit the target" with manual focus lenses.  So just for sake of arguement, if both the Nikkor 85mms were in manual focus versions only, I wonder if we would be having this same discussion?

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