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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4GNikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4GNikon Nikkor AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G
 

Specifications:

Manufacturer Nikon Nikkor
Model AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.4
Angle of view 28.3 o
Closest focusing distance 0.85 m
Maximum magnification 1:8.3
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Auto focus type SWM
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 77 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Nikon F
Dimensions 86.5 x 84 mm
Weight 595 g
Additional information Nano Crystal Coat

Average rating (9 owners reviews).

Build quality 4.11
Optical quality 4.56
Value for money 4.33
Overall 4.33
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User: Flashgun
IP 94.134.x.x
Date: 2013-12-03 23:49:22
Owner since: 2 years
Price: 1400 Euro
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: none

Pros: Sharp, contrasty, wonderful rendering, flare resistant

Summary: highly recommended

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User: thomas
IP 79.83.x.x
Date: 2013-12-02 16:22:26
Owner since: 1 year
Price: 1290 euros
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: CA wide open, construction, sombrero effect at 1.4 (mid frame sharper than center), slowish AF

Pros: contrast is amazing even with the sun in the frame, nothing short of great from f2 with great homogeneity, bokeh

Summary: a very nice lens if you manage the focus precision, but considering the price the sombrero effect is really annoying. Find a used one or buy a Sigma instead

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User: Kurt S.
IP 195.124.x.x
Date: 2013-09-30 09:01:40
Owner since: 3 years
Price: 1349,- 
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: AF not as fast as the AF from the 70-200 II but VERY accurate.

Pros: This lens is sharp, sharp, sharp already from f1.4 on. From f/2.0 on the corner sharpness is fantastic. Bokeh and contrast are on a very high level. I came from Canon and don't regret this step.

Summary: A true gem of a lens.

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User: Esping
IP 85.24.x.x
Date: 2013-09-29 02:23:39
Owner since: 6 months
Price: 750€
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: AF a bit slow.

Pros: Sharp and fast.

Summary: Bought mine used in mint condition. Why on earth would anyone part with this amazing lens? A love affair - I will never sell it.

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User: Claude Dumas
IP 70.54.x.x
Date: 2013-04-27 14:54:41
Owner since: 2 years
Price: 1700 CAN
User profile: Amateur
 

Cons: edges slightly soft at 1.4 slightly noisy AF-S motor

Pros: amazing bokeh unbelievable sharpness superb contrast and color absolutely usable wide open

Summary: the best lens available for non-billionnaire, a truly magnificent masterpiece !

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User: ZinhaEq
IP 92.37.x.x
Date: 2011-08-18 15:39:17
Owner since: 3 months
Price: 1300 EUR
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: LoCA, would need a bit more sharpness in the center wide open, a bit plasticky feeling (but I can guarantee it won't give up as easily as genotypewriter thinks)

Pros: Sharpness incredible stopped down and very good to great between f/1.4 and f/2.8

Summary: If you ask yourself if you really need this lens... then you don't need it (maybe the D version instead).

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User: virtù
IP 93.203.x.x
Date: 2011-02-10 23:29:46
Owner since: 1 month
Price:
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: - plastic cover feels horrible - somehow very cheap made - significant (!!!) loCA @ f/1.4 - f/2.8, which cannot be corrected in Capture NX2. no ED glass element. loCA really make some of my pictures professionally unusable.

Pros: * very sharp with smooth bokeh, but only minimal better then 70-200 VRII * precise AF and manual focus.

Summary: If I had the choice again, I woudn't spend my money on this lens.

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User: bobbibrown
IP 88.84.x.x
Date: 2011-01-29 12:11:56
Owner since: 3 months
Price: $1600
User profile: Semipro
 

Cons: Accurate AF, very good IQ, nice bokeh, build quality

Pros: Not the fastest AF

Summary: Very nice portrait lens Even on the D3x it performs very good

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User: genotypewriter
IP 131.170.x.x
Date: 2010-10-07 04:46:00
Owner since:
Price:
User profile: Professional
 

Cons: Build quality is terrible. Feels like it's made of thin plastic and can break easily upon a reasonable impact.

Pros: Optics are very very good for a lens of this type especially in the corners, but the center resolution could be better.

Summary: Here's a direct comparison of the Canon 85 1.2L II vs. the 85 1.4G, both on a 5D Mark II: http://www.flickr.com/photos/genotypewriter/5057691550/ More observations and conclusions in there in detail.


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