Reviews and Problems with Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S NIKKOR
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Great, couple of improvements needed
Carl, B&H Photo
5 January 2015
Excerpt: There is no debating the sharpness of this lens and the creamy bokeh.However, a lens that costs this much ought to have a much closer focusing distance. Two feet at a minimum. The 85 f/1.8G focuses to 2.6 feet. I am constantly frustrated by this long focus distance.Second, the focusing is slow compared to some of my pro zoom lenses from Nikon.
Excerpt: The lens is very well build (comparable in quality to the AF-S 35mm f/1.4 or the AF-s 105mm f/2.8 micro).The Autofocus is slow but always accurate (on Nikon D800) it is not an issue for a portrait lens, unless you're shooting indoor sport.Sharpness is excellent at f/2 and slowerapertures, but it is always a little soft at f/1.4 (even with AF fine-tune)ED elements could have help there.Contrast is very good, colors are neutral.You CAN NOT mount any Nikon teleconverter on...
Excerpt: I love this lenses for soft backgrounds as it does it better then my 2.8 lenses. Weight is good and sharpness is amazing. I do wish it had VR though when using more depth of feild or low light. Focusing is average speed but it doesnt hunt which is nice. Very sharp when it locks on. Hint to get better soft backgrounds - put distance between your subject and the background.
Excerpt: After waiting for year (other priorities) I finally got this lens. Been wanting a 85/1.4 for a very long time. Debated in getting the D or G version. Glad I got the G. Workes like a dream in working in the shallows. The AF is a bit slow. I think that it has to do with the soft contrast in low light conditions. With this lens between F2 and F1.4, I hardly have to do skin softening. It's so nice. Not only the shallow DOF, but the fall off, just so nice.
Excerpt: The 85 1.4g is an amazing lens, has all the features you want, none of the features you don't need. Perfect Bokeh, probably one of the 3 best portrait lenses you can get for the nik. One shortcoming is that it just feels sorta plastic, but what doesn't these days... it does take a little away from the tactile experience, but it is light, so thats the tradeoff. It is sorta a one trick pony, but as i said, thats a good thing.
Pros: Amazing bokeh, Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I'm using this lens for shooting people. It's an amazing lens in studio but also outside. The depth of field is just incredible and beautiful. The quality of the picture increase so much. I just got it so I'm still discovering it.
Excerpt: This is the sharpest lens I have EVER used, however certainly the most difficult as well.Be 100% sure of your focus points when shooting wide open....This lens could front focus on an eyelash it's so sharp!
Excerpt: It is a fantastic lens as everyone says. In outdoor shoots I do get chromatic aberration, but not as bad as the Sigma 85/1.4. I do also think the autofocus could be faster. When shooting a model, you can sometimes miss the focus, especially open if the model moves in the slight lag between focus and shutter release.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction