Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G

Started Mar 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark K
Mark K Veteran Member • Posts: 6,132
Re: Nikon 85mm 1.4D vs 1.4G

p m h wrote:

I've been using a Nikon 85mm 1.4D for the past 3 years. It produces great results, especially with D700. However, it has 2 problems:

i) focus is slow.

ii) focus is not accurate enough with D800e which i currently use. AF-C does not work accurately even after fine tuning.

Now that we have only couple of days left for the nikon rebate program, I wonder whether i should pick up the newer 1.4G since I just have a new baby and it should increase my use of the 85mm.
From googling, it seems that newer 1.4G

i) has better sharpness which might be useful for D800e.

ii) autofocus is slower than 1.4D but accuracy is better.

However, at $1400, it is much more expensive than the old one and i am not sure whether it is worth the price gap.

Any comment from people who upgraded from the 1.4D to 1.4G would be useful. Thanks!

ps: I am not planning to go for the 1.8G. Sigma is another option which have fast AF, but I don't want to compromise with bokeh.

I had both 85/1.4D and 85/1.8D before 85/1.4G. The newer lens is much sharper, quicker and quieter to focus and a joy to have.

Lens design gains much help from computer and many of the newly designed lenses are much better, especially from Nikon

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