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Lens review

2010-09-07
 

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G

11. Summary

Pros:
  • high build quality,
  • splendid image quality in the frame centre,
  • very good image quality on the edge of the frame, even on full frame,
  • slight lateral chromatic aberration,
  • negligible distortion,
  • well-corrected coma in the corners of APS-C/DX sensor,
  • sensationally corrected astigmatism,
  • slight vignetting on APS-C/DX sensor,
  • quite good work against bright light,
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus.

Cons:

  • significant vignetting on full frame,
  • a bit too high coma in full frame corners,
  • distinct longitudinal chromatic aberration.

If you were a perverse and malicious being, you would start the summary of this test this way: although the Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G costs almost 1700 $, it gives us more or less the same the image quality at the maximum relative aperture as the Samyang 1.4/85, which costs about 300 $. What’s more, the aforementioned Samyang corrects chromatic aberration, distortion, coma and vignetting better than the Nikkor and allows us to work with higher precision in the manual mode …

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However if you want to be not only malicious but also honest you should add several other things here. Even after a slight stopping down the Nikkor is significantly sharper than the Samyang and also the Zeiss. On the edge of the frame it gives us the level of sharpness unparalleled with any 85 mm device tested by us so far, including the expensive Canon 85L. Weaker coma correction is compensated in excess by the sensational level of astigmatism correction. It works well against bright light, it features a superior build quality and, what’s important, it has a silent, quick and efficient autofocus.

Is it worth spending such a huge amount of money on it, though? Everyone must answer this question on their own.


Sample shots

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.47 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.49 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.18 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.26 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/200 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 800
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.13 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.63 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/6400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.68 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.9 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/2500 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.33 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.11 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.4, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.18 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/1.8, exp. 1/6400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 5.29 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 7.78 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/8000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.32 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.04 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/5000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 6.56 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.81 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.86 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3200 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.83 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.05 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.87 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.83 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.4 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.49 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.43 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1600 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.65 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 9.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.84 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 8.32 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G - Summary
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/640 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.67 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 11.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D3x
Parameters: 85 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/400 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 6048×4032 pix, 10.52 MB

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