85 1.8S & wedding.

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mgblack74 Contributing Member • Posts: 715
85 1.8S & wedding.
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What a lens. I’ve had the 85 1.8D, 1.4D, 1.4G over the years and along the way I’ve used then sold them. Few years ago I bought the 105 1.4E and it’s been happily sitting on one camera while the other one scrolls through different lenses during the day for weddings. I bought the 85 1.8S on Thursday and used it yesterday. I actually left the 105 at home. I’ve been using the 24-70 f/4 and 50 1.8S during bridal and groom prep (and deliberating on getting the 24-70 2.8S.... I’m 90% in the ‘yes’ zone). Then I use 35, 50, 105 & 24-70 during various parts of the rest of the day. So yesterday I swapped out the 105 for the 85. It was awesome. Actually forgot how much I like 85mm and it was like my ‘105 for tighter spaces’.

Some notes:

- The 85 is sharp wide open. As sharp as and maybe a tick more contrast than the 105 is at 1.8.

- It’s much faster to focus that the 105 is. Noticeably. And snappier. The 105 eases into precision. The 85 snaps to it. Not 24-70 2.8 fast. But the difference between getting the kiss or seeing them pull away from said kiss.

- Because the 105 is longer and the DOF is so shallow I often used it at f/2+ depending on the distance to the subject, the action or inaction going on, or how many people were in the shot/needed to be in focus. The 85 is a little more forgiving in that way so I found I was using it wide open more often.

- Very light. The 105 with adapter feels like a 50 Art lens next to a 50 1.8G lens. It’s astonishing how small the 85 1.8S is and how good it is. The 105 with adapter is a monster next to the 85. It doesn’t bother me, but the difference is amusing.

Here are a couple of 2mp SOOC samples. No editing except for the bride pic saved as “Pop” in the picture options in the internal RAW processing.

I haven’t even downloaded the pics yet but when I process a few more from the 85 I’ll post them here.

 mgblack74's gear list:mgblack74's gear list
Nikon Z6 Nikon AF-S 105mm F1.4E ED Nikon Z 24-70mm F4 Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 Nikon Z 35mm F1.8 +1 more
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