Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4 G vs AF-S 85mm f1.4 G?

Started Mar 3, 2014 | Questions thread
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zq17 Junior Member • Posts: 26
Nikon AF-S 58mm f1.4 G vs AF-S 85mm f1.4 G?

I currently have a D800 with:

- Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f2.8

- Nikon AF-S 50mm f1.8

I want to buy an f1.4 lens for shooting portraits and weddings / parties. Principally because of the narrower DOF and nicer bokeh. I have been planning on buying the 85mm lens but have recently been swayed by reviews saying the 58mm is designed for better bokeh rather than sharpness. Overall I'm looking for beautiful photos rather than pixel perfect sharpness.

Can someome who owns both the 58mm and 85mm lenses advise:

- is the bokeh noticeably better on the 58mm than 85mm?

- does a 58mm lens provide enough compression to produce flattering portraits?

- which one the'd choose if they could only take one lens to a shoot?

atm I'm edging towards the 85mm because I don't need to get so close in to the subject to keep the narrow DOF at f1.4. Using a 58mm I'll need to move closer in.

 zq17's gear list:zq17's gear list
Nikon D40 Nikon D800 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G Nikon D800
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