85 1.4 or 105 DC--quick and easy

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by mood, Sep 7, 2008.

85 1.4 or 105 DC

Poll closed Sep 12, 2008.
  1. 85 1.4

    32 vote(s)
    64.0%
  2. 105DC

    18 vote(s)
    36.0%
  1. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    if you could own only one
    for candid, low light at times,all round street pictures
    D300,,D700 sometime next year

    which one
     
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  2. None of the above

    Get a true all around street lens... 35/1.4 or better yet a 105/1.8 :biggrin:
     
  3. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    I have been thinking of the 105 1.8

    and another 50 1.2

    my manual focus skills need a lot of work

    I think the 105 DC wide open is probably better than the 105 1.8
    and stays that way until F4 or so.
    thats what I'd be using it at
     
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  4. Frank, the 105/1.8 is tack sharp wide open ... Super sharp ask Frits or I could drive you nuts and go street shooting with mine and post some samples for ya (insert devilish smiley here :wink:)
     
  5. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    the 105DC gets my vote, mostly because i prefer the reach/being farther from the subject over the 85mm. with the D3, the half stop doesn't really count for much.

    ricky
     
  6. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    F1.4 to F2 is a full stop, but I understand
    on FX, I guess the choice may be easier...
     
  7. Hey, Frank,

    I love my 85. Railfan (Ron) was kind enough to lend me his 105 for awhile, but I just couldn't get used to it. I never really experimented with the DC feature, but I couldn't quite get the hang of the focal length.

    But the 85 rocks.
     
  8. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Depends on what your shooting.
     
  9. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thanks Doug
    I don't know if I would care to use the DC feature, I just love the images I have seen with it

    Charles
    I am assuming the 105 is best for head shots , maybe more so with a DX body


    that being said, I would use it more for street candids, maybe some outdoor "portrait" type shots
    however, I generally like a little surroundings in my pictures, so maybe the 85 is more suited to that
     
  10. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Go for the 85, Frank. You can always stop it down to f2, but you can't bring the 105 down to 1.4
     
  11. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    thats true Francis, very true


    I already have the 85, but for some reason, I am wanting to trade to the 105 DC
    also was looking at 105 1.8 and 135/2 AiS lenses

    I am so all over the place lately...:cool:
     
  12. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    That's because you opted for the D300 instead of the D700. Had you chosen the D700, you would not be so confused :tongue:
     
  13. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    may be right my friend
    but I had other plans for that additional $1500

    sometime early next year perhaps..
     
  14. Phillip Ino

    Phillip Ino

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin
    Just pullin' yer leg about that, Frank. In all honesty, though, I see you as an 85/1.4 kind of guy based on the images that you post.
     
  15. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    yeah, guess I just should have pm'd you instead of this thread huh,
    who am I kidding right ....:wink:
     
  16. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    i agonized some when making my choice between these 2, Frank. in the end i went for the 85 1.4. cuz 1.4 is well -> 1.4 ....lol

    ;-)))
     
  17. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    doesn't get any simpiler than that...LOL
     
  18. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    Originally Posted by nuteshack
    i agonized some when making my choice between these 2, Frank. in the end i went for the 85 1.4. cuz 1.4 is well -> 1.4 ....lol

    well, there was other factors as well. the dc lenses tend to suffer from sample variation on par or even worse than the 50 1.4. i know of more than one photog that sent their dc back to nikon several times and in the end nikon never made it right. i don't need that kind of grief! the 135 seems to be the worst of the 2..just my observations based on others not so pleasant first hand experiences ....might wana talk to Paul concerning this as well:wink:
     
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  19. mood

    mood

    Jun 27, 2007
    suburbia, ny
    yah
    I know Paul is not a fan of the DCs
    and I am too impatient to be sending lenses back and forth also..

    I have a nice 85 copy, so why mess with a bad thing, right?

    I am still lusting for the 135/2 AiS though...:wink: