Reviews and Problems with Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR
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My most-used lens.
Ken Elliott "masterofgoingfaster", Amazon
11 November 2013
Summary: Lots have been written about this lens. Here's a few thoughts. This is my most-used lens. If I could only have one lens, this would be it. I own about 22 lenses, 15 cameras, and have a darkroom. Yeah - I'm that guy. I also own a printer with 44" wide rolls of paper. I print big and I can see huge differences in lenses. I'm not a pixel peeper - I am a print maker. I still use my Sinar 4x5 studio camera, and I know quality when I see it.
Summary: This lens has changed the way that I take pictures. It is amazing. If you are thinking about buying this lens and have the money: buy it today. You cannot, will not go wrong. If you don't have the money, sell your other lenses and get this one. If you can't do that and you are serious about your craft, rent this lens. Amazon shipped the already perfectly engineered Nikon box very well.
Summary: I'll keep this review short. I bought this lens prior to the release of the 85 1.8g which for most users produces near equal results. But...if I had to choose one lens to keep this would be it. I simply adore it's rendering of tonalities and colors. It focuses slowly and precisely on the whole though not always perfectly wide open where depth of field is paper thin. I find it more flexible than the 135DC and its rendering can't be matched by a 70-200 zoom.
Summary: This is an expensive lens and I was hesitant to buy it for my D7000 with its cropped DX sensor. However, consistent with many other glowing reviews of this lens, I found the portraits I've been able to make with this lens to be a major upgrade from the kit lenses. Faces (and eyes) are tack sharp, the colors luxuriously warm, and bokeh background pleasingly soft.
Summary: This lens is AH-mazing. Super fast focus, creamy bokeh, tack sharp edges even wide open. It's a bit heavy, but worth the weight. ;) Focus is smooth and easy, colors bold and rich and it's sharp into all four corners. If you can afford the price tag, it is by far worth every penny.
Summary: You can never have enough lenses....right? I bought this lens because I wanted a FAST lens to use in museums and places where flash was frowned upon. I have a 50mm 1.4 but wanted something of a fixed mini tele. I hope this does it. It will be in my pocket on this next trip.
Summary: I'm a professional. See: marcblake.com - and this is THE BEST LENS I've ever owned. It is so DARN costly, but get over it and buy this lens. DO NOT buy anything else but the 85mm f/1.4G AF-S by Nikon. I use it for people and products and it's so amazing I can't say enough about it.
Summary: I bought this lens just before a working trip to Italy. I was to do a shoot of a model at a vineyard in Tuscany. There were to be shots both inside the bodega, the facilities and in the countryside. I normally use the Nikon 70-200/f2.8 in this kind of situation, but I wanted this lens because I'm not always happy with the performance of the 70-200 (I'm not in love with the bokeh). I also went with the Nikon 24-70/2.8 and the Sigma 35/1.4 (which performed brilliantly).
Summary: I rented this lens for six months before I bought it. If you are looking for a lens for landscapes, weddings, and portraits, this is the lens. Just remember you will have to zoom in and out manually, as in moving your body!