50 1.4 and 85 1.4

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I'm testing out both thanks to a generous friend who loaned them to me. I love them both so far. I was able to test out both with some grandkids today.

Both D200, natural light, ISO 400

Later I will post two facial closeups with the same person and same conditions done with each lens.

My dilemma will be which to purchase first.....

Do you remember Candyland?

50 1.4 @ 1.4

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I'd say: BOTH! But, to talk out a few things that might help if you can only get one... the 50 1.4 is pretty inexpensive, and so tiny... The 85 1.4 can be found for a decent price used, about 800-850 or so... A bit bulkier. Less useful for interior shots on DX...

Very nice shots Terri, BTW.... I am still quite familiar with Candyland, though we are now moving on to some more advanced games...
 
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I like to use my 50/1.4 at f/2.2. Thats my sweet spot.:wink: Try both on the same subject and fill the frame the same. Look at the difference in perspective.
 
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I like to use my 50/1.4 at f/2.2. Thats my sweet spot.:wink: Try both on the same subject and fill the frame the same. Look at the difference in perspective.

yes sire ....i find 2.2 to be the FUNK on both:Love:
 
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I'm in the market for a used 85/1.4. Just can't seem to find the right combo of shape/price. That being said, I'm a bit hesitant regarding the possibility of Nikon coming out with the (much talked about) AF-S upgrade,

I know no one (that can say, anyway) really knows, but anybody want to comment on the possibility of that happening in the near future?

SAS
 
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That 85 is in the sweet spot at f2,

And that 50mm at 1.4 is sure nice too,

You are right there......

I'm having a blast testing out the lenses. I bet I eventually have them all. But if I get them, will I even use my zooms??? Probably only for landscapes.... Then I need to rethink which zooms are best for that.

What a dilemma.
 
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Ah, Terri! Such a dilemma, eh? Two fantastic lenses, a houseful of wonderful subjects.....

I think if it were me I'd go for that 85mm f/1.4 first.

That was my first thought.....then I used the 50 1.4 and saw how good that focal length was for my type of shooting.....

Still thinking..
 
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I'd say: BOTH! But, to talk out a few things that might help if you can only get one... the 50 1.4 is pretty inexpensive, and so tiny... The 85 1.4 can be found for a decent price used, about 800-850 or so... A bit bulkier. Less useful for interior shots on DX...

Very nice shots Terri, BTW.... I am still quite familiar with Candyland, though we are now moving on to some more advanced games...

I'm sure eventually it will be both. I did like the focal length of the 50 better indoors. Now I've got to play more with the 35 f2....

What a fun thing to get to do.
 
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I'm in the market for a used 85/1.4. Just can't seem to find the right combo of shape/price. That being said, I'm a bit hesitant regarding the possibility of Nikon coming out with the (much talked about) AF-S upgrade,

I know no one (that can say, anyway) really knows, but anybody want to comment on the possibility of that happening in the near future?

SAS

That rumor has been going around for a while. One thing is for certain. If I buy the lens, the new one will come out right after.....
 

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