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Nikon 85 mm Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 85 mm Review

“Prime Time and Wow Factor”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.4

Prime Time: I am addicted to fast, prime lenses and this Nikkor does not disappoint! The large aperture makes using the SLR viewfinder a pleasure – super bright, minimal fatigue. Images taken with the 85mm 1.4 are sharp and easily demonstrate the advantage of shooting RAW especially when viewed at 100%. Truly amazing when seen on high resolution monitors. And available light is no longer that elusive quarry. To these ends – sharpness and speed – there are alternatives. Many online reviewers speak highly of the 85mm 1.8 and this sister to the 1.4 is a classic that ranks very high in terms of value. Nonetheless, the smoothness of the out-of-focus portions of images taken with the 1.4 is something that just has to be seen. This is the proverbial stuff of legend. Nikkor’s execution of this optical formula is arguably second to none and when taken in the context of comparisons to German glass one can maybe rationalize value despite the high cost.

Wow Factor: This lens has a nice balance in its proportions. Check out the NikonUSA website and the D3 digital body. This is the lens that completes that picture. And it is an imager to boot!

Of note: The resultant magnification from this or any focal length depends on the format or size of the light sensor. Nikon currently has only one digital body with a 35mm-film equivalent sensor and that is the D3 (Fx format). Any other digital Nikon body (Dx format) will result in greater magnification (1.5x).

Cons: My other lenses (24mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4) have been relegated to the cupboard. For now…

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Nikkor 85 f1.4 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikkor 85 f1.4 Review

“A truly magical affair”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.4

You know they say that ‘nothing is absolutely perfect in this world. But I must say that with this lens you can get as close to perfection as a lens can. I just love the ‘bokeh’ it creates and would like to add my support along with countless others as to what an excellent lens this is. I like how it’s nice and heavy and this brings back memories of my F4 days – that solid and heavy handling of yesteryear’s film generation. And I can enjoy it all over again in the new digital era.

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Nikon AF 85 Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon AF 85 Review

“Don’t bother with a new body…this glass is what you need”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.4

I frequently read the DPPREVIEW forums and everyone is talking about the new D300 vs the D3 vs the 40D vs the D200 vs the 5D. People….it doesn’t matter! I’m convinced if you could put the 85mm f/1.4 on a pin hole camera you would get UNBELIEVABLE pictures. I’ve only been using this lens for a few days, but I can’t tell you how impressed I am. The pictures are TACK sharp. The bokeh is beautiful and the weird 3D like effect is amazing. Auto focus is great on my D200. Not any louder than any of my other Nikon lenses. Worth every penny. Highly recommended.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I had no problems ordering through J&R music. They had the lens in stock and two day shipping was only about $1.50 more than normal ground.

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Nikon 85mm Prime Lens Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 85mm Prime Lens Review

“You won’t believe your eyes until you see it for yourself”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.4

Stellar lens from Nikon, probably one of the Top 5 best ever made.

Say “available light” and you will see me drool. This lens makes almost everything possible when shooting under low light, concert stages, in-door concerts and of course this is a sublime portrait lens.

Get your metering and exposure readings from a few test shots, and then stick to Manual from there on. Make it do things you think it cannot handle and then let it surprise you with the lighting, the depth of field, the smooth blurred background.

Focusing is fast to me. I dont own the 70-200 AF-S VR [yet] so cannot compare responsiveness in that respect, but I shot a whole evening at a recent athletics event and did not feel that it could not keep up. I had trouble keeping u with the athletes!

The build is strong, all metallic body, the lens hood is a screw-in metallic type.
Some people dont like those in particular but I reckon once you mount your hood, it should just stay there permanently.
There is a way to fix the lens cover even with the hood on. The lens cover is a snap-on type, so just make you go fully in and then release the snaps to see the cover stay put on the glass.

This lens is a gem, no questions asked.
If possible test it before buying it. After all, it may be your style to use this focal lenght on a D2 or equivalent, but I can assure you that once you have seen the results, you will be a believer 🙂

Save up and enjoy this very fine piece of engineering.

Thank you Nikon!

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Nikon 85mm f/1.4D Review

September 29, 2008

Nikon 85mm f/1.4D Review

“My new favorite lens”

nikon nikkor 85 f/1.4

With my older film Nikon cameras, my absolute favorite lens for almost every occasion was the 105mm f/2.5 lens. The razor-sharp clarity, the high speed, I LOVED this lens.

Now, lo and behold, for my Nikon digitals, the 85mm f/1.4 is like my old favorite, only faster! Long enough to get no distortion on portraits, fast enough for avaiable light close-ups in the garden. And as sharp as the old 105. I think I’m in love…

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