Reviews and Problems with Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR
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Love hate relationship.
craig j stodola, Amazon
19 October 2014
Summary: I had this lens for the better part of three years. The image quality is fabulous - sharp, contrasty, good color - perhaps so good it's almost sterile. Pixel Peepers will LOVE this lens. The autofocus speed is....ssssslow and unreliable. I just sold this lens and re-bought the 85/1.4D, which I preferred over this new 1/4G lens.
Excerpt: 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).
Excerpt: Delighted to receive a rare copy of this back ordered lens but the one I received had convergence issues at 8 feet and beyond. My copy drove me to discover the micro metering adjustments of my D700 which helped tame unwanted flaring. Even with its problems, the lens revealed phenomenal detail and immaculate sharpness; this disparity in clarity (no rhyme intended) drove me insane - like a bad love affair. So much so good yet something so wrong.
Summary: Tolle Schärfe, schönes Bokeh, gute Verabeitung. Eine echt tolle Linse, die aber leider einen nervigen Frontfokus hat, der dummerweise nur bei großen Blendenöffnungen auftritt, also nicht durch die Korrektur an der Kamera zu beheben ist (getestet an einer D700). Ich habe insgesamt vier Stück von den Linsen an meiner D700 getestet und alle hatten den gleichen Fehlfokus. Das das nicht so sein muss, zeigen das Nikkor AF-S 50mm F1,4G sowie das Simga 50mm F1,4 DG Art.